The Walt Disney Co. looks like it has another woke box office bomb on its hands. Strange World , the environmentally themed animated adventure featuring the studio’s first openly gay teen character in a cartoon feature, grossed a mere $800,000 in previews on Tuesday, signaling weak moviegoer interest headed into the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The movie was expected to gross $30 million to $40 million during the five-day weekend. But the dismal preview figure means Strange World will have trouble reaching that goal, with some reports estimating an opening weekend as low as $23 million. Since the movie cost a reported $180 million to make, Disney will have a tough time recouping its costs during its theatrical run. Strange World follows the adventures of the Clade family of explorers, who set out to save their civilization’s primary source of energy — a plant called the Pando — which has become endangered. Watch below: In a recent interview, … [Read more...] about Disney’s Animated Enviro-Propaganda Film ‘Strange World’ Set to Bomb at the Box Office
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Disney has two movies in theaters right now starring queer characters—but you’d be hard-pressed to name both of them. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , Michaela Coel plays a warrior with a female partner, a relationship given the most cursory of nods toward the end of the movie when the pair calls each other “love.” That feint toward sexual diversity is par for the course with Disney movies these days: sprinkle a little queerness in there for the folks at home, but not too much, so that it can be easily excised for the overseas release. (Either way, bigots are unhappy.) Very much not par for the course, though, is the other Disney movie with a queer hero playing this weekend. Strange World boasts not only a queer teen lead, voiced by IRL queer comedy icon Jaboukie Young-White , but that queer teen is also biracial. Between the explicit queerness and the interracial family at its center, Strange World is shockingly progressive—well, as far as Hollywood family films go. … [Read more...] about ‘Strange World’ Is Disney’s First Animated Movie With a Gay Lead. Why Is It Being Buried?
A report from City Journal reporter Christopher Rufo claims Disney recently hosted an employee event that featured a “Two-Spirt,” “She-They,” “Merperson” Drag Queen lecturing about their conundrum of an identity. “Walt Disney Co. recently hosted a ‘cultural journey’ for employees featuring a ‘Two-Spirit,’ ‘she/they,’ ‘drag queen,’ ‘merperson’ named Geo Neptune. The company is following every fad of radical gender theory, from children’s programming to pseudo-indigenous pantomime,” Rufo Tweeted. SCOOP: Walt Disney Co. recently hosted a "cultural journey" for employees featuring a "Two-Spirit," "she/they," "drag queen," "merperson" named Geo Neptune. The company is following every fad of radical gender theory, from children's programming to pseudo-indigenous pantomime. pic.twitter.com/XRIovBnRsI — Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) November 14, 2022 The event announcement shared with Disney employees described Geo Soctomah Neptune as a “member of the Passamaquoddy … [Read more...] about Report: Disney Hosts ‘Two-Spirt,’ ‘She-They,’ ‘Merperson’ Drag Queen Lecture for Employees
Click here to read the full article. While “ Strange World ” explores a fantastical environment full of mysterious creatures and flora, including flying fish and walking rock columns, the action-adventure film also includes a first for Walt Disney Animation Studios: a gay teen romance. The animated feature introduces viewers to Ethan Clade, a biracial, openly gay teenager who gets completely tongue-tied when he’s near his crush, Diazo. More from Variety Jake Gyllenhaal Joined by Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu, Gabrielle Union in Disney's 'Strange World' Why Disney's Decision to Forgo 'Strange World' French Theatrical Release Is Causing Panic Disney Skips French Theatrical Release for 'Strange World' Due to Windowing Rules, Sparking Outcry By French Exhibitors “It never got broken down like that. It was more organic,” director Don Hall said about the character’s identity. “I have a biracial family, so it was something that was easily relatable to me to … [Read more...] about ‘Strange World’ Cast and Creators on the Disney Film’s Biracial, LGBTQ Character: ‘You Don’t Have to Normalize Normal. It Just Is’
BOOKS OFTEN FALL into penumbral areas of reception and Michael Cunningham seems to have been aware that a version of this fate might await his novel “Specimen Days,” published in 2005, seven years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Hours” made him a household name: Whatever he wrote after “The Hours,” he is reputed to have said, was going to be hated. It’s not that “Specimen Days” was excoriated in the press and elsewhere, but despite being a bolder book, both formally and in its themes and meanings, it did indeed struggle to emerge from the shadow of its more celebrated predecessor. Live Event T Book Club: We’re Reading “Specimen Days” With the Author Thursday, December 8 7 p.m. E.T. | 4 p.m. P.T. Join us for a special book club with the writer of the Whitman-inspired 2005 novel, and novelist Neel Mukherjee. “The Hours” (1998) is divided into sections pivoting among its three central characters, Clarissa “Mrs. Dalloway” Vaughan, … [Read more...] about ‘Specimen Days’ Is Both an Ode to Walt Whitman and Its Own Portrait of America
Bob Chapek‘s biggest blunder in his brief tenure as Walt Disney Co. chief executive was a mistake made in numerous executive suites in the past year. Forget all the chatter about his managerial style. Tough calls, right or wrong, are why CEOs get the big bucks. And if the bottom line and stock price trend up, many executive sins are forgivable. What Chapek misread – and he’s by no means alone – is that the pandemic is over to the American consumer. And this change of heart, perhaps not totally medically endorsed, called for fresh corporate thinking. Disney under Chapek seemed oblivious to the public’s “I’m going back outdoors” mindset even as profits withered and its Wall Street value tumbled by $116 billion. https://wpdash.medianewsgroup.com/2022/11/21/niles-will-bob-igers-return-mean-happier-holidays-for-disney-fans/ These sorts of gaffes are not just Disney. Similar missteps have haunted a broad collection of companies that failed to see the public’s desire for … [Read more...] about The mistake that cost Disney’s Bob Chapek his CEO job