Disney’s live-action remake phenomenon has drawn mixed reactions, including some strong words from one of Disney’s legendary directors, John Musker. Known for bringing classics like “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” to life, Musker recently expressed concerns about the direction these remakes are heading.

Musker believes that today’s Disney films are too focused on political correctness at the expense of storytelling. Speaking to El País, Musker stated, “I think they need to do a course correction in terms of prioritizing entertainment, compelling storylines, and engaging characters over political messages. While messages can be included, the heart of the film should always be the story and the characters.” He also highlighted how the original Disney movies, driven by strong character development and emotional depth, have stood the test of time.

Reflecting on his experience with “The Princess and the Frog,” which introduced Disney’s first Black princess, Tiana, Musker noted that the intention was never to push a political agenda. “We weren’t trying to be woke, although I understand the criticism,” he said, emphasizing that their goal was to create a captivating story first and foremost.

Moreover, Musker criticized specific aspects of recent remakes like the 2023 version of “The Little Mermaid.” He pointed out how the film failed to capture the essential father-daughter relationship and the lack of expressiveness in the animated animals, which he feels is a key strength of traditional animation.

Despite Musker’s critiques, Disney shows no signs of slowing its remake train. Soon, audiences will see a live-action version of “Moana,” a film co-directed by Musker, set to begin shooting this fall. This remake will follow the upcoming animated sequel, “Moana 2,” slated for release in November 2024.

What are your thoughts on Disney’s live-action remakes? Do you agree with John Musker’s perspective? Share your comments below, and let’s continue the conversation! If you want to delve deeper into Musker’s insights, check out the original interview on El País.