I think MOST people here know what a mandrill is, it is one of the most distinct looking primates. with the blue ridges along his red nose. Baboons though perhaps recognisable as a word is quite plain itself. And doesnt really have anything going for him to remember him by, besides its bare ass. Which the mandrill has aswell and really is the only thing they have in common.
Have you seen the size of the canines on mandrills! quite intimidating ( baboon have rather big canines aswell, but still only half the size. Mandrill canines can get above 6 cm and baboons 3cm)
I think the first movie ever I saw in a theathre was aladdin, and looking at their list, pocahontos might be the last, meaning the last disney movie I saw there.
And when/where have they stated that their goal is not to anger fans of the original?
I think things like this happen all the time,, old fans get upset and new fans get attracted. (and in terms of movies, loyalty or memories of old fans is gonna bring in any money and new fans, kids will buy tons of stuff (well, their parents mostly after giving in to the whining)