Disney has yet another failure on its hands, as the animated adventure Strange World proves to be a box office flop and is criticized by moviegoers for what they see as forcing a progressive ideology into a children’s movie.
The cartoon, starring a voice cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union and Lucy Liu, features Daily Show contribution by Jabuki Young White as the voice of what has been announced as Disney’s first openly gay character.
It looks like Strange World might not even get $20 million at the box office this Thanksgiving weekend on a whopping $120-130 million budget.
It might even end without the studio’s 2002 flop Treasure Planet, which grossed just $16.6 million.
The movie also seems to have won over audiences despite the mildly positive critical reactions.
It looks like Disney will have another flop on its hands, as the animated adventure Strange World looks set to be a hit at the box office as moviegoers criticize the film for what they see as forcing a progressive ideology in a children’s movie.
The cartoon, starring a voice cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union, and Lucy Liu, also features Daily Show contributor Jabuki Young White as the voice of what has been announced as Disney’s first openly gay character.
While the film has a 73 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s only 60 percent with audiences and the film has a “B” rating on CinemaScore from opening day audiences, according to detour.
If this score holds, the film will be the first Disney animated film to receive less than an A-minus.
Many have used the box office numbers to point to this as an example of Disney trying to “wake up, bust it.”
A Rotten Tomatoes reviewer writes: “If I wanted to teach my kids about sex and/or sexual preferences at 7 and 8, I’d do it in my house.” I don’t need a Disney movie to help me with that. Stop making everything sexual, it’s unbelievable.
One tweeter pointed out: “First light years away and now Weird World. Disney and Pixar are shooting awake spells, one after the other. How many box office bombs before Disney learned?”
Lightyear, which portrays the origins of beloved Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, flopped in its opening weekend in the US, earning just $51.7 million after weeks of controversy over a lesbian kiss.
Patrick Pete David wrote: “Take the kids to the movies today to see a Disney cartoon called Strange World. Within 10 minutes of the movie, my 10-year-old said ‘Dad, I have no desire to see this movie. Can we leave?’ We left.The leaders at Disney have forgotten who the paying customer is.
Another wrote that Strange World “is over-produced and under-performs at the box office, during Thanksgiving holiday releases.” They should have posted record sales, but they totally bombed. Disney proves once again that Woke = Broke!
Eric July added, “Disney’s new film, Strange World, is flopping at the box office. Mainstream designers don’t care about the success of these projects as long as they hate audiences and their ideological enemies.”
However, one Democratic film reviewer said, the problem was Disney and outgoing CEO Bob Chapek.
Jordan Woodson wrote, “Disney is 100% going to blame the inevitable bad box office for STRANGE WORLD on the fact that there is an openly gay character in the movie when in reality, it’s going to fail because they didn’t market it at all.” They will use this as an excuse to never have a queer actor again.
Abigail Disney, major Disney shareholder and relationship with Walt Disney, issued a damning verdict on Tangle’s time as CEO in an interview with time, He repeatedly called him a “rookie”.
“He made a lot of rookie mistakes right out of the gate, and then he made a whole series of rookie mistakes throughout his tenure,” Disney said. I don’t think he got out of rookie error territory.
She continued, “The bottom line is that this was very poor succession planning and the onus of this should fall squarely on the shoulders of Bob Iger as well as the shoulders of the board.”
Meanwhile, a former Disney executive told the Financial Times: ‘Iger never forgave Chapek for the way Chapek distanced himself and took control of the company. In some ways, Egger thought he would still be the coach. Tangle was not ready.
Bob Iger came out of retirement to take back the reins at Disney last Sunday
The company’s poor performance under Chapek has been blamed on factors ranging from the unsuccessful pivot to the streaming business with Disney+, and his reluctance to speak out against a Florida bill banning LGBTQ discussions for students under 10 years of age.
Her indictment reverses the allegations Egger allegedly made about Entanglement. Business interested This week I reported that Egger referred to his successor as a “rookie”.
After returning to the role, Iger is paid $27 million, of which $25 million is in stock options.
In 2021, Iger was paid $45.9 million as CEO.
Tom Gosling, executive fellow at London Business School, said of the deal: ‘He basically took a 40 per cent pay cut. . . to return. He must love the job, love the company or see a lot of positives in the stock price. Maybe all three.
A regulatory filing showed that Chapek, who was named CEO in February 2020, earned $32.5 million in 2021. According to bloomberg, Chapek could walk away with a golden handshake worth more than $23 million.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Chapek was fired after receiving numerous internal complaints from senior employees that the CEO was running the company off the ground.