Fan reaction to Avengers: Infinity War has been largely positive, especially compared to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Infinity War currently has a 93 percent from fans on Rotten Tomatoes while The Last Jedi has a 47 percent. But why?
In this episode we break down why the same fans that thought The Last Jedi was too complex are cheering for a film that had at least 32 "main" characters.
This week a pregnant woman is stopped from going on a Disney cruise because she is too pregnant. Black Panther solidifies its place as a cultural phenomenon. Han Solo also got his own menu at Denny’s, an American institution. And would you skip your high school prom to go see Avengers: Infinity War? It's a light news week, but we have fun anyway. For the week of April 9, this is Episode 180 of The Disney Movie Review
This week we dive into the infamous tweet that asked Disney to make a princess that’s had an abortion. Plus Bob Iger speaks about the legacy of Walt Disney and why he is actively trying to move past it. Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker) had a lot to say about Star Wars this week. That and much, much more. For the week of April 2, this is episode 179 of The Disney Movie Review.
*Note for parents: While we don't say anything explicit, we do discuss abortion in this episode.
We got a cast list for Artemis Fowl, Ant-Man and the Wasp is getting reshoots, Pixar will have a short in front of Incredibles 2, and somehow Kristin still likes Szechuan sauce from McDonalds.
This week Avengers: Infinity War got an amazing final trailer and tickets are already hard to find. Then we talk about the weekend box office for Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time, which made history last weekend. Also, analysts are thinking Disney could spend up to $30 billion annually on its streaming service. Finally, we dive into the new Parking Fees at Disney World and what they can tell us about Disney’s search for a new CEO.
It's easy to complain about price increases and parking fees. It's harder to put yourself in the boardroom when Bob Iger is looking for new revenue streams. In this bonus episode, we talk about the things we think Disney should actually be charging for to increase revenue. This conversation was taken directly from Episode 177. You can find more information on www.TheDisneyMovieReview.com.
This week it’s two for the price of one as we have too much news to just do one show. We talk about the new trailers for Mary Poppins Returns and Christopher Robin (which I mistakenly call "Winnie the Pooh"). Then we break down plagiarism allegations against Solo: A Star Wars Story. Finally, we have a discussion about why 52 percent of Disney shareholders think Bob Iger makes too much money.
This week we interview someone who went to the Black Panther premiere. She sat between Christopher Priest -- who helped create Black Panther -- and Ta-Nehisi Coastes -- who is writing the new Black Panther comics. What did she think? Take a listen and find out.
This week we recap Disney’s Super Bowl commercials and decide whether or not the company wasted its money. Plus we finally got new details on what fans can expect from Disney’s new streaming service, including how much the ESPN service will cost. And with ANOTHER new trilogy announced, we debated whether there is too much Star Wars. Finally, the first quarter results are in and the Disney parks are carrying the company for now. For the week of Feb. 12, this is episode 170 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week Ant-Man and the Wasp get a trailer and it looks anything but small. Black Panther is zooming towards a $150 million opening but some people on Facebook want to take it down. Plus, the Disney Studios will work to impress investors with first quarter numbers. For the week of February 5, this is episode 169 of The Disney Movie Review.
*Disclaimer: This was recorded prior to the super bowl. We will discuss those trailers next week.
The Oscar nominations came out this week and Cars 3 isn’t on the list. Black Panther is just three weeks away and we talk about what it could make and what it means for black women. In a quarterly earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says they aren’t afraid of Disney’s new streaming service. For the week of January 29, this is Episode 168 of The Disney Movie Review.
It was quite the eventful week as Disney admitted to darkening the skin of extras in the live action version of Aladdin. In addition, Disney began charging wealthy guests for extra fast passes, a sharp change in direction from the current free system. Plus there was a new Star Wars comic that could fix most of the problems with The Last Jedi. That and much, much more. For the week of January 15, this is episode 166 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week it was light on the news but heavy on the language so we dive into Disney’s attempt to reach out to young black males. Plus the mouse house dominated the box office for the second year in a row. Will they be able to save theaters? And Christian Bale was almost in Han Solo. That and much, much more. For the week of January 8, 2018 this is episode 165 of The Disney Movie Review.
I'm like Bob Iger. I keep saying there won't be an episode and then, Poof! Here it is! But when Ed, Kim, Cameron, Chiwahn, and I all get together at a diner in Texas, you have to break out the recorder. Sorry for the sound quality, but we hope you enjoy this one!
This week we are inches away from a final deal for Disney to buy 21st Century Fox. So we take an in-depth look at the winners, the losers, and the things that are just too soon to tell. Plus, Kristin provides an exclusive look at how this deal could forever change the theme parks. And Olaf's Frozen Adventure is leaving theaters, which has made some fans more upset than they were in the first place. That and much more this week on Episode 161 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week we review Pixar’s new original film Coco. We talk about the music, animation and whether or not we cried, (spoiler alert: we did). Ed breaks down the religious plot hole he found and whether or not it ruins the movie. And of course we talk about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. That and much, much more. For the week of December 4, this is episode 159 of The Disney Movie Review.
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has taken a six-month sabbatical after allegations of sexual harassment were reported in the Hollywood Reporter. This week we do an unplanned episode to talk about the allegations, the sabbatical, and where Pixar and Disney go from here.
Sorry for the low-quality sound. Again, this wasn't planned. Also, Kristin was out doing Black Friday shopping. Forgot to mention that in the episode.
It was a rough news week for Disney. The one bright spot was a story about how Disney and 21st Century Fox have been in on-again, off-again talks for its studio division. That news was largely positive. The rest of the week - not so much. Thor: Ragnarok became the 14th Marvel movie to pass $500 million at the global box office, but that news was overshadowed by Disney's incredibly misguided blackout of the LA Times. And let's not even get started on Disney's disappointing 4th quarter results.
That and much, much more. For the week of November 13, this is episode 157 of The Disney Movie Review.
This Week Disney released the full cast for The Lion King and it includes Beyonce as Nala. Lucasfilm is making some hefty demands of movie theaters that want to show Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Some investors say Disney’s new streaming app could be worth $25 billion within 10 years after launching. Plus Kristin has an update on crowds in Disney World and construction at Hollywood Studios.
All that and much more. For the week of November 6, this is episode 155 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week it’s our review of Thor: Ragnarok - the 17th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We do the first part completely spoiler free and then we get into spoilers. We talk about how Director Taika Watiti made Marvel’s first real comedy. We also talk through all of the characters and the one line that made us all see Asgard in the Real World. Plus we give our final ratings and talk about where the MCU goes from here! That and much, much more. For the week of Nov. 6, this is Episode 156 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week we talk about Disney cancelling Gigantic - their definitive retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk Story. A new study says Disney films are a great way for parents to talk to their children about death. Lucasfilm announced the title for the new Han Solo film and fan excitement is so low. That and much, much more. For the week of October 30, this is episode 154 of the Disney Movie Review.
This week Lucasfilm released the full trailer for The Last Jedi and our hopes are high! Disney partnered with the other studios to launch a new App and will end Disney Movies Anywhere. ESPN suspended host Jemele Hill after she told people to Boycott advertisers for the Dallas Cowboys. And, it is raining Cats and Dogs at Disney world. For the week of October 16, 2017, this is episode 153 of The Disney Movie Review.
I do my best to keep the "outside world" separate from this podcast. But I couldn't act like everything was normal this week. Nothing was normal about the what happened in Las Vegas. And I kept hearing the same thing over and over: "Nothing is going to change."
The reason behind that statement was that Congress won't do anything to change the laws. The right won't talk to the left, and the left won't talk to the right. But to me, the problem is bigger than that. We, as Americans, won't even talk to one another. We demonize people who don't agree with our beliefs. Anyone who is for gun control is a "leftist liberal hippy," while anyone who opposes it is a "conservative gun clinger."
We, as Americans, won't even talk to one another. We demonize people who don't agree with our beliefs. Anyone who is for gun control is a "leftist liberal hippy," while anyone who opposes it is a "conservative gun clinger."
This week I wanted to do my small part to try to change that. This week, we take a detour from Disney to talk about politics and guns and race. We talk with and listen to one another. We ask questions. We don't all agree or end up singing "It's a Small World" at the end, but we hear each other out and come to a better understanding of each person's position.
If you want to skip this episode, I get it. We'll be back to Disney next week. But please take a second to talk with someone you might disagree with this week. We can't change anything if we don't talk to one another.
This week, Disney is being sued over visual effects in the live action Beauty and the Beast and two incredibly successful Marvel films. The Last Jedi may get a new trailer in a few weeks, but some fans are focused on JJ Abrams. And summer was bad, but are we seeing a great big beautiful tomorrow at the box office? That and much, much more. For the week of Sept. 25, this is episode 150 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week Lucasfilm has called on JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode 9, but is he really what the franchise needs?
Pixar released a new trailer for Coco and gets us all excited for Thanksgiving.
Disney plans to release 25 films in the next 27 months, and that's just the beginning. Plus we have a good discussion about the current state of the Disney company and whether Bob Iger should be let go. That and much, much more. For the week of September 18, this is episode 149 of The Disney Movie Review.
P.S. Don't forget to check out the Bonus content about our review of Pandora.