Original Aladdin screenwriter highlights some of the shadier aspects of Disney's live-action remake craze

For most of us, the release of the recent teaser for Disney’s live-action, Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin was little more than a digital comma, a 90-second lacuna in which our brains neutrally registered the thought, “Oh, yep, that’s Aladdin,” and then moved on. But for at least one of the people partially responsible…

Here's an interesting theory on how to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU

Since the announcement of the merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox, people have wondered how, exactly, all of these disparate comic book characters would finally be brought together. For years, Marvel superheroes like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four have been sequestered to separate franchises, timelines, and…

Female-driven Marvel superhero series in the works at ABC from Wonder Woman screenwriter

This week, it was reported that Disney is developing TV shows spun off from Marvel Cinematic Universe characters like Loki and the Scarlet Witch for its upcoming, direct-to-consumer streaming service. This was seen by some as a death knell for ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was renewed for a sixth, 13-episode…

Disney is supposedly developing some star-studded MCU spin-off shows for its planned competitor to Netflix

Hoping to somehow top the awe-inspiring spectacle of decades-old cartoon series and “Fuck Batman” that Warner Bros. used to herald the arrival of its recently debuted DC Universe, Disney is reportedly getting ready to throw some serious money at its own entry into the on-demand market. Per Variety, the entertainment…

Kingdom Hearts is Disney at its strangest, darkest—and most moving

When casual observers say that Kingdom Hearts is unlikely, they’re not wrong. Around the turn of the millennium, Disney was a media company coming off of its second “golden age,” immensely profitable, powerful, and self-possessed. Its image was paramount—so much so that in 1998, Disney pushed for changes to American…

The DuckTales finale may be a bit too neat emotionally, but it reinforces the show's epic scale nonetheless

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It has been quite an up-and-down season for DuckTales, which in a lot of ways struggled between establishing its new approach to the show and engaging in the legacy of the entire Duckverse that has evolved over countless comics, TV episodes, and even video games (see my stray observations). “The Shadow War!” is a…

Disney says James Gunn will absolutely not be directing Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Sorry, folks, but Mickey’s put his big, yellow loafer down: James Gunn will not be directing Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3. Despite rumors of positive “back channel talks,” the overwhelming support of the Guardians cast, and what have no doubt been some intimidating glares from Dave Bautista, Disney has made it…

Disney is complaining about overzealous copyright holders, which is pretty fucking rich

Today, in “the all-consuming black hole calling the kettle black” news, Disney—a company that will sue you if you take a crap that looks a little too much like Donald Duck—is decrying overzealous copyright protection on the part of another entity. Specifically, the company is arguing that the estate of Michael Jackson…

The Sunchaser isn't the only thing to crash and burn in an emotionally harsh DuckTales

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Bottle episodes in animated shows don’t quite work in the same way as bottle episodes of live action shows. While live action shows utilize bottle episodes to save money and/or narrow the focus to select characters and a select moment, animated shows can utilize a single setting and still create stakes equal to or…