Disney+ to stream Frozen 2 (but not Song of the South) early to help us cope with coronavirus
Frozen 2; Track of the South
Screenshot: Frozen 2 (YouTube), Track of the South (YouTube)
Disney theme parks are closing and Mulan has been delayed. However as all of us grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the Home the Mouse Constructed says it’s nonetheless trying to entertain us—we imply your children, toooootally imply your children—by releasing Frozen 2 on Disney+ Sunday, three months sooner than initially deliberate. The aim, says a press launch, is “shocking households with some enjoyable and pleasure throughout this difficult interval.” That’s placing it frivolously.
“Frozen 2 has captivated audiences all over the world by means of its highly effective themes of perseverance and the significance of household, messages which can be extremely related throughout this time, and we’re happy to have the ability to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to take pleasure in at dwelling on any machine,” The Walt Disney Firm’s new Bob-in-charge, Bob Chapek, gushes in a press release launched to The A.V. Membership Friday.
Chapek doesn’t maintain the identical emotions about certainly one of his firm’s different well-known motion pictures, 1946’s Track of the South, which has lengthy been criticized for its portrayal of Black Individuals following the tip of the Civil Struggle.
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“I’ve felt so long as I used to be CEO that Track of the South—even with a disclaimer—was simply not acceptable in at the moment’s world. It’s really true with a number of the different issues we’ve made as effectively,” Chapek said at Disney’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, according to THR. He’s possible referring to the disclaimers about racist stereotypes that have been added to the start of Peter Pan and Dumbo after they have been made accessible on Disney+.
And Bob Chapek, Social Justice Warrior didn’t cease there. When a shareholder raised an eyebrow about Disney embracing the LGBTQ neighborhood (she actually stated, “Please, let’s not have Homosexual Satisfaction within the Disneyland parks”), he reportedly responded with this: “At Disney we strongly imagine that we should always replicate in our inventive content material the range that we discover in our fan base and with our viewers. And I imagine that may proceed with an elevated dedication as we transfer ahead…. We imagine we wish to inform tales that our viewers needs to listen to and that displays their lives.”
Give us the Gaston/LeFou love story we deserve, Bob!