Disney legend John Musker recently shared his thoughts on The Walt Disney Company’s direction, suggesting the studio refocus on storytelling and character development rather than political messaging. Speaking with Spanish outlet El Pais, Musker, the creative force behind classics like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Moana,” stressed the importance of prioritizing entertainment and engaging narratives.

“The classic Disney films didn’t start out trying to have a message. They wanted you to get involved in the characters and the story and the world,” Musker shared. He highlighted the need for a “course correction,” urging Disney to put entertainment first, with any political messages remaining secondary.

This viewpoint resonates with recent comments from Disney CEO Bob Iger, who indicated a shift towards prioritizing entertainment over political themes. The company has faced a series of box office struggles, such as the underwhelming performance of “Lightyear,” which critics argue focused excessively on pro-LGBTQ messaging.

Reflecting on his own work, Musker addressed the controversy surrounding 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Despite criticisms labeling it as “woke,” Musker clarified that political messaging was not the film’s primary focus. “You don’t have to exclude agendas, but you have to first create characters who you sympathize with and who are compelling,” he noted.

As Disney navigates these turbulent times, the call for a return to its roots in storytelling is louder than ever. What are your thoughts on John Musker’s comments? Do you agree that Disney should place more emphasis on character and story over political messaging? Share your views in the comments below and don’t forget to share this story with fellow Disney fans!

– Fox News Digital: [Fox News](https://www.foxnews.com/media/little-mermaid-aladdin-director-says-disney-needs-course-correction-away-pushing-political-message?intcmp=tw_fnc)
– El Pais: [El Pais Interview](https://english.elpais.com/culture/2024-05-18/the-director-who-shook-up-disney-and-hollywood-animation-with-a-mermaid-a-genie-from-a-lamp-and-a-polynesian-princess.html)
– The Wrap: [The Wrap](https://www.thewrap.com/pete-docter-interview-pixar-lightyear-toy-story-5/)