Disney’s new animated film, Strange World, is underperforming at the box office and is estimated to drop $147 million. The film also features the first openly LGBTQ+ teenage Disney character speaking about his crush in the film.
Film critic and author Christian Toto said of the film bombing, “Hollywood doesn’t quite get the mantra ‘Go Wake, Go Broke’.”
Speaking to Fox News Digital, he added: “In some cases, parents avoid content with sexual conversations. parents are [savvier] today. They use social media and get feedback on films from their peers, either online or in person.”
Strange World is about the Clades family of explorers. In the picture, young Ethan is talking to his grandfather about his same-sex crush on another boy. Toto added that there could be several reasons for the film’s poor performance, but noted that discussing sexuality in a children’s film “certainly wasn’t conducive to the film’s box office success.”
Entertainment website Deadline reported how “Strange World” grossed just $28 million worldwide over the Thanksgiving long weekend. According to Deadline, progressive politics might not have allowed Disney to simply throw a potentially underperforming film straight to stream: “Had ‘Strange World’ gone straight to Disney+, it would have been a PR nightmare for the studio, especially after [former Disney CEO Bob] Chapek’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ swamp in Florida.”
Regarding the possibility of a streaming-only release, Toto, the Hollywood editor at Toto, theorized, “It’s possible, however, that progressive forces inside and outside of Disney, Inc. would have sniffed at the ultimate goal of the film . These voices may be few, but they are loud.”
Fox Business has contacted Disney for comment but has not yet received a response.
In June of this year, the Disney-Pixar film Lightyear similarly underperformed. It featured a gay kiss, and Pixar first removed the scene before adding it back as Disney publicly opposed efforts by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to ban discussions about sexuality and gender identity in elementary schools.
Lightyear’s voice actor Chris Evans attacked those who might object to the film’s lesbian kiss: “The real truth is these people are jerks.” He added, “There will always be people who Being scared and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But these people are dying like dinosaurs. I think the goal is to ignore them, to march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
However, Toto believes that poorly performing films could ultimately force companies like Disney to correct course: “Hollywood doesn’t quite get the ‘wake up, go broke’ mantra, but some executives get the message. We’ve seen regrets at Netflix and Warner Bros. … Disney may soon realize it’s not a money-making position.”
As for what parents can do about it, Toto concluded, “We have decades of wonderful, awake content for parents to consider. And when money is tight, platforms like Tubi and Pluto TV offer a lot of older content with limited commercial breaks.” He pointed to the growth of streaming channels with traditional content.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/01/after-disneys-strange-world-bombs-film-critic-says-go-woke-go-broke/ After Disney’s ‘Strange World’ Bombing, Movie Critic Says, ‘Wake Up Go Broke’