In a recent candid discussion, legendary Disney filmmaker John Musker opened up about what he perceives as The Walt Disney Company’s shift in creative focus. Musker, acclaimed for co-directing iconic animations such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Moana,” shared his thoughts at the Animayo International Summit in Gran Canaria, held from May 8 to May 11, where he also delivered master classes and judged animated shorts.

In an interview with the Spanish publication El País, Musker didn’t mince words about Disney’s current direction. Addressing the balance between storytelling and social messaging, he suggested that Disney’s new emphasis on “wokeness” might be overshadowing the essence of storytelling and character development. “You don’t have to exclude agendas, but you have to first create characters who you sympathize with and who are compelling,” Musker noted, emphasizing the need for entertainment to take precedence over messaging.

Musker’s comments come at a time when Disney has faced criticism for allegedly prioritizing social consciousness over plot and character development. He pointed out that Disney classics didn’t start with a message but aimed to involve audiences deeply in the character and the narrative. Reflecting on Disney’s latest ventures, he remarked, “I think they need to do a course correction a bit in terms of putting the message secondary, behind entertainment and compelling story and engaging characters.”

The discussion also touched upon Disney’s series of live-action remakes. Musker indicated that these remakes could be driven by risk aversion and a desire to capitalize on already beloved stories rather than breaking new ground. “Companies are always like, ‘How do we reduce our risk? They like this, right? We’ll just do it again and sell it to them in a different form,'” he remarked, hinting at the industry’s sometimes stagnant creative strategies.

This isn’t the first time Disney has been called out for its so-called “woke agenda.” The company has experienced backlash from critics and noticeable dips in theme park attendance, which some attribute to its current trajectory. Sources like Spiked have suggested that Disney’s commitment to these themes might be contributing to disinterest among its traditional audience base.

What are your thoughts on Musker’s critiques and Disney’s direction? Do you think Disney should focus more on entertainment value and storytelling? Share your insights in the comments below and don’t forget to share this story with fellow Disney enthusiasts! For further details, you can check out the original interview on El País.

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