Disney keeps making political movies and they keep flopping – OutKick

Disney is in trouble.

“Strange World,” the latest film from the legendary animation studio, has become a historic flop.

This now marks the second failure in a row from Disney after “Lightyear” resulted in a catastrophic financial loss for the company.

“Strange World” reportedly cost $180 million to produce, but only made $24 million domestically over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

It was well below expectations, which ranged from $40-50 million.

“Strange World” also happened to be one of Disney’s most overtly political films, with several prominent messages repeated throughout.

Most notably, the film prominently features a gay teenager as its protagonist. But it goes further than that.

Vulture helpfully summarized how important the film’s political message is, saying it was an “environmentally focused adventure with a queer black teenager.”

Sounds exactly like what parents want to take their kids to see, right?

Liberal media sources will undoubtedly take a page from the Billy Eichner playbook and blame “straight people” for the film’s failure.


In reality, this is just the latest in a series of missteps by Disney’s corporate management.

Disney CEO Bob Iger and former CEO Bob Chapek
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 30: Bob Chapek, (L) Walt Disney Company CEO and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company speak during the “World’s Most Magical Party” Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary at the Magic Kingdom on September 30 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Disney Virtue signaling hurts the bottom line

Disney’s obsessive focus on inserting itself into political debates has come at the expense of the company’s success.

Their recent earnings were disastrous, thanks in no small part to a public battle with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Naturally, Disney bought into the misinformation about the Parental Rights in Education bill and advocated overturning the law.

As a result of the poor performance, the board recently decided to replace Bob Chapek with former CEO Bob Iger.

The company fired Gina Carano from “The Mandalorian” for allegedly inappropriate remarks, but allowed star Pedro Pascal to stay on despite similar comments.

It led to a campaign to cancel Disney+ and helped accelerate competition for film production companies.

“Lightyear” and “Strange World” both injected political themes into children’s films.

They both flopped.

Lead actors from major franchises openly comment on casting for diversity instead of story and character.


Hollywood was focusing on the wrong things

Their focus, like most of Hollywood, is on all the wrong things.

Movies, especially Disney animated movies, are about entertainment.

They should engage the audience, make them laugh, allow them to escape the realities of life. Disney’s early days were spent making fantasies. Escapist entertainment like “Snow White”, “Pinocchio” transitioned seamlessly into “Beauty and the Beast” and “Little Mermaid”.

But now it seems the focus is more on creating characters to meet self-imposed quotas.

Parents see through these attempts and naturally realize that many of these topics are matters they want to discuss in private.

Teachers have also interfered in family discussions and faced similar backlash.

Disney has now lost hundreds of millions on “Lightyear” and “Strange World.”

This latest film also received the lowest audience score in Disney’s recent history.

How long will Disney continue to put politics over entertainment? How many more millions will it take for them, and Hollywood as a whole, to realize the error of their ways?

Disney and the industry face an uphill battle with near-unanimous support for vigilante policies among their employees.

Now they will have to decide if appeasing Gen Z is worth lowering their financial future. Based on their track record to this point, it will be a tough decision.

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