Legendary Disney filmmaker John Musker has recently expressed his concerns about The Walt Disney Company’s trajectory. Known for co-directing beloved classics like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Moana,” Musker shared his views at the Animayo International Summit in Gran Canaria, highlighting a need for Disney to re-align its focus. He suggested that the company prioritize storytelling and compelling characters over political messaging.

In an interview with Spanish outlet El País, Musker pointed out that the classic Disney films didn’t embed heavy messages but rather focused on engaging characters and whimsical worlds. “You don’t have to exclude agendas, but you have to first create characters who you sympathize with and who are compelling,” Musker emphasized. He also touched upon feedback received over “The Princess and The Frog,” a film he co-directed, noting the balance that needs to be struck between message and story.

Disney has faced pushback in recent years from various critics who argue that the company has adopted a more pronounced woke agenda, potentially at the expense of what traditionally made Disney films magical. This has been evident in movies like “Lightyear,” which, despite its pro-LGBTQ stance, performed below expectations at the box office.

Moreover, Musker reminisced about his time at Disney during the 1990s and 2000s when the political agendas weren’t as pronounced. He shared an anecdote about having to rename the city of Baghdad to “Agrabah” in “Aladdin” due to geopolitical tensions at the time.

With Disney experiencing some recent setbacks, including significant layoffs and a notable loss in Disney+ subscribers, the call for a renewed focus on enchanting storytelling is a timely one. Musker’s insights invite both reflection and discussion as fans ponder the future direction of Disney’s beloved films.

What do you think, Disney fans? Do you agree with John Musker’s views? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s get the conversation started! Be sure to share this story with fellow Disney lovers to hear their take as well. [Source: El País]