In a recent interview at the Animayo International Summit in Gran Canaria, Spain, celebrated Disney filmmaker John Musker, who co-directed classics like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Hercules,” shared his thoughts on the current trajectory of Disney films. Musker expressed his belief that Disney needs a “course correction” away from focusing predominantly on political messaging.

“The heart of Disney’s magic has always been its engaging characters and compelling stories,” Musker told Spanish outlet El País. “While it’s important to include diverse perspectives, the message should come secondary to the story and entertainment.”

Musker has had a long-standing collaboration with Ron Clements on multiple iconic Disney animated films, including “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Treasure Planet,” and “Moana.” He noted that many of Disney’s recent productions have diverged from the traditional storytelling approach that was foundational to Disney’s success.

Reflecting on Disney’s live-action remakes, Musker was critical of the 2023 adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” “They missed the emotional core, especially the father-daughter relationship, which was pivotal,” he said. Musker also commented on the lack of expressive animation: “Even live animals in the zoo have more expression — think of ‘The Lion King.'”

Musker’s candid opinions have sparked a conversation about the balance between storytelling and messaging in modern Disney films.

What do you think about Musker’s comments? Do you agree that Disney should return to its storytelling roots, or is its focus on political messages justified? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s get the conversation started!

For more details and to read the full interview, check out El País [here](