This week will be short. It’s my birthday and I have some celebrating to do. So let’s get to it! Check out this week’s episode below. Marvel and Star Wars Leave Netflix A few weeks ago we devoted an entire episode to the news that Disney was pulling out of its contract with Netflix.  At the time, it looked like Disney would leave the Marvel and Lucasfilm content on Netflix. Now, we know that is not the case. We talk about that and more on this week’s podcast episode. This week Disney announced it is pulling Marvel And Star Wars off of Netflix and placing them on its new streaming platform. “We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot,” said CEO Bob Iger at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in […]

Losing Profit, Losing Directors and Whitewashing Accusations – The Disney ...

My parents are in town and it’s a light news week so this will be short. Disney Opts Out of Plan To Shorten Release Window Comcast, Amazon, and Apple are hurtling towards a plan that would shorten the time between a movie’s theatrical release and its debut on home video. The system would allow customers to rent movies on demand roughly 30 days after its theatrical release. The service is expected to cost $30. While several movie studios have shown support for the program, Disney has taken its hat out of the ring. I think Disney views this as a threat to its animation business. More than any other studios, Disney and Pixar dominate the animation market. Finding Dory, Frozen, and several other Disney films have enjoyed big openings and long runs at the box office. If families decided to stay home and rent the […]

EP147: Disney Movie News

Movie Ticket Prices aren't the problem.
It’s easy to see why so many people are excited about MoviePass. The service promises to offer virtually unlimited movies at your local theater for only $10/month. Even for casual cinephiles, it is a great deal. MoviePass is cool, but it isn’t perfect. There are no blackout dates, but you also can’t use it on 3-D or IMAX features. Plus, you have to buy your ticket within 100 yards of the location where you want to use it, which is far from convenient. Oh, and you can only buy one ticket at a time. Despite the shortcomings, MoviePass is still a good deal for customers. For movie theaters, however, it’s a good deal, but it’s not great. The main reason is that MoviePass is fixing the wrong problem. We talk about this much more on this week’s podcast, which you […]

Movie Ticket Prices Aren’t The Problem. Here’s Why Customers Are ...

Why You will pay for Disney's Streaming Service
We should all stop pretending like we won’t pay for Disney’s new streaming service. You will. Just like people vow to never go back to Disney World after the latest price hike and yet end up there every summer, in 2019 you will happily pay Disney to stream their content. By announcing its intention to start its own streaming service in 2019, Disney is essentially taking on the largest name in streaming. Meanwhile, Netflix is losing one of its biggest content contributors. (Or at least part of them. Disney announced it will pull Disney and Pixar films, but we still don’t know what will happen with Marvel and Lucasfilm properties yet.) It’s a bit of a gamble, but it’s also very smart. The reason many people are swearing to boycott Disney’s streaming service is that they think Disney is the […]

Here’s Why You Will Pay For Disney’s New Streaming Streaming ...

YouTube beat out Disney, Toys R Us and several other brands as Kids’ Most Loved Brand in the U.S., according to the 2017 Brand Love* study of more than 8,200 children and their parents.  For a second year, YouTube claimed the top spot. Disney Channel ranked 20th. “YouTube is paramount in kids’ lives today. With an infinite library of engaging content that is continuously refreshed, it is their go-to resource for entertainment, inspiration and information,” says Smarty Pants president, Wynne Tyree. Moms and dads love YouTube, too. The brand is #10 among parents, up from #24 just two years ago. The all-family lovefest shows no indication of slowing, as competitors are unable to rival the ever-expanding catalog of user-generated content that carries a $0 price-tag. Meanwhile, Disney channel ranks below Netflix, the iPad, and Crayola on the list, indicating that Disney is facing […]

YouTube Beats Disney As Kids’ Most Loved Brand

A True Disney Fan
This week on the podcast we talk about how Spider-Man: Homecoming hasn’t gotten into the swing of things at the box office and is performing much worse than some other films. Why are audiences staying away from the movie? Plus, we talk about why it may not matter in a few weeks. Disney World is offering signing bonuses to future cast members and providing a few work-from-home opportunities to people in select U.S. states. Then we talk about what it takes to be a true Disney fan. That and much, much more. Take a listen to episode 144 of The Disney Movie Review below. Why Has Spider-Man: Homecoming Fallen Off At The Box Office? There is something odd that must be tingling the spider senses of Marvel and Sony executives when they look at summer box office. Spider-Man: Homecoming – a […]

EP144: Spider-Man is Falling And “True” Disney Fans

Walt Disney World Cast Members
Attendance is down at Disney World this year. We don’t need to wait for official figures. The discounts tell the story. What’s more, on-property Disney hotels have started appearing on Hotwire. Those are not signs of a thriving attendance. With a declining customer base, I was shocked to see Disney World increasing its signing bonuses to cast members. The company recently increased its signing bonus from $500 to $1,000 or $1,500 for new full-time and part-time employees in the culinary department. Disney is also paying $500 for new housekeepers and bus drivers who get part-time or full-time work with the company. We talk about this in detail on the podcast this week. Stopping a Strike Before It Starts I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Disney World released this announcement only a week after its union announced they were […]

Attendance is Down. So Why is WDW Offering Hiring Bonuses ...

Tom Holland stars as Spider-man in Spider-Man Homecoming
There is something odd that must be tingling the spider senses of Marvel and Sony executives when they look at summer box office. Spider-Man: Homecoming – a film that debuted with the fifth highest July opening of all time – is falling. Fast. Spider-Man: Homecoming had the second-highest opening for any Spider-Man film, earning more than $117 million. The next weekend it dropped 62 percent – the biggest weekend-to-weekend drop for any Spider-Man movie. In fact, the last two weekends of its opening month have brought in roughly $35 million for the franchise. Compare that to Wonder Woman, which brought in $65 million during the last two weekends of its opening month. (Even Frozen did $43 million during a similar time period). Admittedly, this is a domestic box office problem. Once the movie opens in China, it is sure to […]

If Spider-Man: Homecoming Is So Good – And it is ...