Disney got one shocking piece of advice from a legendary filmmaker

May 31, 2024

For decades, Disney was the standard by which all entertainment companies were judged.

But the company has fallen on hard times in recent years.

And now Disney got one shocking piece of advice from a legendary filmmaker.

Film maker says Disney needs to drop woke politics 

Director John Musker knows a thing or two about how to make a hit movie.

Musker directed 1989’s The Little Mermaid, 1992’s Aladdin, and 2016’s Moana.

All three were smash hit movies that topped the box office charts.

Musker’s films followed the Disney formula of adventure, romance, catchy songs in the soundtrack, and timeless themes about family, belonging, and love.

Disney has strayed from that formula and in 2023, Disney films lost over one billion dollars.

CEO Bob Iger claims the solution is to make fewer movies each year.

“As I’ve looked at our overall output, meaning the studio, it’s clear that the pandemic created a lot of challenges creatively for everybody, including for us,” Iger said during a company earnings call.

“I’ve always felt that quantity can be actually a negative when it comes to quality, and I think that’s exactly what happened, we lost some focus,” Iger added.

Musker agrees that quality is the way to go for Disney.

But the famed director had another piece of advice that Iger and other Disney executives may not want to hear.

And that’s to get rid of the political messaging in the movies.

“I think they need to do a course correction a bit in terms of putting the message secondary, behind entertainment and compelling story and engaging characters,” Musker said in an interview with the Spanish media outlet El Pais.

Musker’s advice 

Musker said he takes the concerns about trying to shoehorn diversity, equity, and inclusion into movies and understood why he thought critics worried he went woke in 2009’s The Princess and the Frog, which featured a black lead.

“We weren’t trying to be woke, although I understand the criticism,” Musker stated.

Musker said Disney could easily course correct and get back to producing films that make money if it would just go back to putting stories and characters ahead of diversity and politics.

“The classic Disney films didn’t start out trying to have a message. They wanted you to get involved in the characters and the story and the world, and I think that’s still the heart of it,” Musker added.

Musker claimed it was ok for Disney to have themes and messages in movies.

But the characters and the story needed to come first so audiences didn’t feel like they were getting beaten over the head with political propaganda.

 “You don’t have to exclude agendas, but you have to first create characters who you sympathize with and who are compelling,” Musker concluded.

The public votes with their wallets.

Disney’s new strategy of making fewer movies a year won’t help if they are just going to churn the same woke content the public keeps rejecting.

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