Jedis, Free Speech, and Dogs


This week Lucasfilm released the full trailer for The Last Jedi and our hopes are high! Disney partnered with the other studios to launch a new App and will end Disney Movies Anywhere. ESPN suspended host Jemele Hill after she told people to Boycott advertisers for the Dallas Cowboys. And, it is raining Cats and Dogs at Disney world. For the week of October 16, 2017, this is episode 153 of The Disney Movie Review.

How Good Will Star Wars: The Last Jedi Be?

I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but this trailer is amazing. Based on this trailer, I think this might be the best Star Wars film ever. I’m just throwing it out there.

Disney Partners With Other Studios

Movies Anywhere launched in the U.S. this week with an unprecedented five Hollywood studios and four major digital retailers on board. Featuring films from Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment will all be available on the platform. Paramount and Lionsgate are holding out. Movies Anywhere brings the movies people love together to create a simple, seamless digital entertainment experience across platforms.

Black Panther and Wrinkle in Time Cast and Crew Talk Race in Movies

This week, Ava Duvernay and Chadwick Boseman spoke about race in A Wrinke in Time and Black Panther respectively. Duvernay commented that she was nervous about her movie succeeding:

“We’re really, really in the weeds on trying to finish the movie right now,” Directore Ava Duvernay told Vulture. “I love it, but I don’t know how it’s going to be received. I feel something very deep in my gut when Oprah’s voice says, ‘There’s a darkness in the world, and the only one who can stop it is…’ smash cut to a black girl. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know if people are going to feel like that.”

Boseman said he was happy to see white kids in the Black Panther costume.

“I’ve seen little white kids dressed up as T’Challa,” Chadwick Boseman told BuzzFeed News. “I’ve seen pictures and I’ve seen it in person. You know, I’ve seen, like, family members’ kids, friends’ kids. They show up on Halloween and they’re the Panther and they understand that I’m the Panther, and they want to show me. People call me and say, ‘We wanted to buy him Spider-Man, but he kept saying Black Panther.’

These quotes show two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, Duvernay realizes that minorities are still judged on the success or failure of every single movie. On the other hand, Boseman sees kids identifying with superheroes regardless of race. It actually gives me a lot of hope.

When white kids are allowed – or even encouraged – to look up to black characters, it puts one more hole in the power of racism and prejudice. They judge heroes on their powers and character, and not their skin color. And the adults are catching up to the kids. Just the fact that Durvernay, a black woman, is getting the opportunity to helm a movie with a $100+ million budget and tell her story shows that the world is changing.

Dogs At Disney World

I know that this is not a popular opinion. I’ve talked to more than a few people on Twitter about it. Many people say that a lot of people want to travel with their dogs and not leave them in kennels. Detractors say they don’t want to deal with dogs barking. My problem is more fundamental than that.

Disney is essentially removing a certain number of rooms and making them “dog friendly.” A separate, majority group of rooms will be “dogless rooms.” This separation will create increased competition in both categories – “dogless” and “dog friendly.” So let’s say that I’m traveling down to Disney and want to bring my dog. The hotels at large are at 50 percent capacity, but the dog friendly rooms are at 90 percent capacity. What do you think the chances are that Disney will give me the 50-percent capacity price? Or what happens if all hotels are booked at 75 percent, but the “dogless” rooms are filled to 85 percent?

Disney can now yield prices based on availability, category, AND whether or not the rooms are dogless or dog friendly. It’s great for Disney’s pockets, but the fans on both sides of this lose. Those who want to bring dogs will end up paying $50 more per night, get less time in the parks, and have more poop to pick up. Those who don’t want to be around dogs will have fewer hotel choices and potentially face higher prices. But on the plus side, when more people who have to take care of their dogs, the park lines will be shorter.

We talk about all this and more on this week’s episode. Check it out below.