It was quite the eventful week as Disney admitted to darkening the skin of extras in the live action version of Aladdin. In addition, Disney began charging wealthy guests for extra fast passes, a sharp change in direction from the current free system. Plus there was a new Star Wars comic that could fix most of the problems with The Last Jedi. It’s a lot to tackle so let’s get into it. Disney Darkens Skin of Extras in Live-Action Aladdin Of course minorities aren’t just dark-skinned white people. You know that, I know that and Disney knows it. That didn’t stop the company from using makeup and tans to help dozens of white extras look Middle Eastern for crowd scenes in the upcoming live-action Aladdin Movie. The Sunday Times reports that, “The company says it resorted to darkening white people […]

A Fa$t Pa$$ to Dark Skin

Disney has a problem. In fact, Disney has an F-word problem. Literally. Since 2009 when Disney bought Marvel, the studio has been making the cleanest and highest grossing action movies the world has ever seen. When you sit down for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you know you’re going to have a good time watching great acting and a compelling story with little to no foul language. For the first time, Disney might show signs of changing that. Reaching Out To Black Males This week Disney released the first track on the soundtrack for the new Marvel movie Black Panther. The song, called “All the Stars,” is by rapper Kendrick Lamar and it doesn’t pull any punches. The F-word and several other curse words are in the “rap song” — if you can call it that. I’m not […]

Disney’s F-word Problem

Which Disney movie had the best music this year? Which trailer left us wanting more? Who was the best director? Actor? Actress? And which film is the best Disney movie of the year? We’ll tell you this week on The Disney Movie Review. Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

EP163: The Best of Disney 2017

Spoilers Ahead: I’m not even gonna try to keep this spoiler-free. You’ve been warned. I’ve sat through some truly awful movies since I started this blog. I’ve watched movies so terrible that I’ve begged God to grant me the strength to make it to the end credits while simultaneously writing an email to Bob Iger demanding a refund. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not one of those movies. Right now, fans are overreacting. As I write this, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has the lowest fan rating of any Star Wars film on Rotten Tomatoes. With a 56 percent, it beat the record of Atack of the Clones by one point. I’ve seen several Star Wars fans say that this film makes the prequels look good, which is possibly the worst insult a Star Wars film could receive. I think many of these […]

The Last Jedi is Lazy, But Not All Bad

We are inches away from witnessing the birth of the largest media behemoth that has ever existed. Bankers for Disney and Fox have met to ink out the final details of a $60 billion deal that would see Disney take control of 21st Century Fox, FX Network, and regional sports networks. If this deal goes through, Disney would wield unprecedented power in the entertainment industry. It would control 60 percent of Hulu, billions of dollars at the box office and much more. There are demigods. There are titans. And then there is Disney. So, assuming this deal goes through, who wins and who loses? A lot of people. James Murdoch – Winner As the 44-year-old CEO Fox, James Murdoch is probably the biggest winner in this deal. His name has been mentioned as a potential Disney executive and he could be […]

Winners and Losers of Disney’s Fox Deal

It was a week of groundbreaking announcements for Disney. First, people “familiar with the situation” said Disney Parks chief Bob Chapek is first in line to be the next Disney CEO. Then Marvel released the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, breaking records and the internet. Disney Pictures announced that it has found the actress who will play Mulan in the live-action movie. If that weren’t enough, Disney announced it is suing Redbox, and they’ll probably win big. Let’s get into it. Why Fans Should Worry About Bob Chapek No matter what fans think of Bob Chapek or the reports that he could be the next Disney CEO, there are two facts Disney fans cannot dispute. Nearly every decision Bob Chapek has made as a leader has made Disney more profitable. Nearly every decision Bob Chapek has made as a leader has […]

The Problem With Bob Chapek as Disney CEO

There is something special about Coco. I’ve sat in Pixar movies that grab you by the heart, make you cry, and leave you wanting more. I’ve seen beautiful animation, heard great music, and experienced phenomenal stories, but I have never experienced anything like Coco. The problem is that there isn’t just one thing that you can point to as “extraordinary” about Coco. There are several. The voice acting by Pixar’s first all-hispanic cast is phenomenal, especially from Anthony Gonzalez, who is the speaking and singing voice for the lead character Miguel. The music by Pixar veteran Michael Giacchino (Inside Out, The Incredibles) is outstanding but not overwhelming enough to steal the spotlight. A team of songwriters combine to create emotional songs including one refrain that is bound to become a lullaby in homes around the world. And writer and director […]

What Makes Coco So Special

The animation world was rocked this week when John Lasseter, Disney and Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, announced he would take a six month sabbatical for “hugs” and “missteps.”   In part of a statement, Lasseter said he wanted to apologize to “anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.” A lot has been said about John Lasseter over the last few days. Some have written him off as a powerful white male who was not so secretly also a sexual predator. Others have expressed shock that allegations of sexual misconduct would even be in the same sentence as John Lasseter. But […]

John Lasseter Takes Leave For ‘Unwanted Hugs’