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Trafficking with Darkness


I don’t know about you, but sometimes I look at the car ahead of me in traffic and discover profound darkness. The upper left corner assures us that we are in the presence of no useful idiot, but rather a fellow traveler. Powered by female dog dust, especially combined with that font, is an invocation of deepest, darkest Disney. Remember the good old days when the villainess’ were not the protagonists of Disney films? Here, eat this delicious apple.

Who is “in love with all your flaws and sins”? Certainly not God, but very much the other guy. “Believe in love, in peace”? Not in Him whose love brings the peace surpassing all understanding? The anime eyes? “You are stronger than your demons,” is a lie the demons cannot repeat enough, almost as big as “the devil is just an abstract concept, he doesn’t exist”.  I think that thing in the lower right is a Marxist pole dancer, but that’s just a guess.

‘Lightyear’ Falling Without Style


Disney’s new animated film, Lightyear, is flopping at the box office and I couldn’t be happier.  The film was projected to take in $70 million at the domestic box office and it looks like it will take in $50 million. It was projected to be #1 at the box office this weekend but not will come in #2 behind Jurassic World Dominion in that film’s second week.

Now understand, I don’t usually root for bad box office.  I love going to the movies and post-pandemic I want movie theaters to prosper so I can continue to go. But I am not rooting for this film.

There has been much speculation about the reasons for this film’s failure. The last three Pixar films (including the excellent, Soul) have gone straight to streaming, included free with subscriptions to Disney +, so many families probably decided to save their scarce entertainment dollars when it will probably soon be on the home screen anyway. Perhaps many were unclear on the concept of the film and how it relates to the beloved Toy Story franchise. It is supposed to be the film that launched the character Buzz Lightyear, which was so beloved by young Andy in the first Toy Story.  So instead of featuring all those beloved characters – Woody, Slinky-Dog, Mr. Potato Head, etc. – there is only Buzz.  I have talked to a couple of people that were annoyed that the character in the film is voiced by Chris Evans rather than the original Buzz, Tim Allen. (Could it be that the studio chose to use a different actor for political reasons? The more woke Evans over Allen who is rumored to be…Egad! A Trump supporter? No, no, of course not. We all know Hollywood is solely driven by profit.)

Disney Isn’t Finished with You and Your Kids


After the initial trouble instigated by Disney attacking the Florida law which was mischaracterized as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the company went silent on its political rhetoric. But they were busy preparing their next blockbuster toon for the pleasure of you and your families.

Before I tell you about the latest production, you might be interested to know that Disney has been subtly dabbling in gender themes for at least six years. Do you remember the movie, “Finding Dory?”

Top 9 Disney Rebrands for Earning Back Parents’ Trust


Parents form an important part of Disney’s customer base. Who knew? Apparently not Disney. Having said that, I’m glad to see that the Happiest Place On Earth is doing its part to reassure parents that Disney is again all about wholesome family-friendly entertainment rather than whatever gender ideology happens to be in vogue at any given moment.

Below are nine of Disney’s latest attempts to restore trust. Is Disney still captive to the more wild-eyed elements within its ranks? You decide.

The Matterporn 

Four martinis for the price of three today! First, Jim and Greg are thrilled to know their vision for Disney CTU is now a reality. They also cheer the Senate for passing legislation banning imports likely produced through slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Province. Then they hammer the Black Lives Matter Organization for defending the communist regime in Cuba, blaming the U.S. embargo for the misery there, and praising the Cuban government for giving asylum to an American cop killer. Finally, they react to the American Booksellers Association apologizing for including a “violent” book in its recent mailing – because it urges parents to be wary of the transgender movement.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah: Mickey Mouse Plans to Shove the 1619 Project Down America’s Collective Throat


I’m going to tip my hand here: I work for the Walt Disney Company. And the Walt Disney Company is easily the most Leftist, politically correct company on the planet. The only difference between working for Disney and the DNC is the characters at Disney are slightly less cartoonish.

Just when I thought things could not become more unbearable – and this is after nearly a year of sniveling, pandering e-mails, and virtual town halls about social justice and how the company is resolved never to give another white man another promotion ever again – today’s Zoom call began with coworkers talking about how “proud” and “emotional” they are to be a part of bringing the New York Times’ race-baiting, historically discredited 1619 Project to the masses as a series of propaganda programs across its television and online platforms.

Short Film Review: The Old Man and the Sea


Aleksandr Petrov

In 1988, early in his career when still a student, animator Aleksandr Petrov was a director on “The Marathon,” a three-minute short made to commemorate Mickey Mouse’s 60th anniversary and presented to Roy E. Disney when the Disney company was first allowed to visit the Soviet Union. It consisted of black silhouettes on a white background, a level of visual simplicity abandoned in his subsequent shorts. These shorts played festivals and received awards, but Petrov got the biggest boost to his visibility in 2000 when he won an Academy Award for adapting the Hemingway novella The Old Man and the Sea.

I dislike Hollywood’s onanist festival as much as a person should, but the category of Best Animated Short Film has led me down such pleasant avenues I can’t dismiss the awards entirely. That’s how I found out about not only Petrov but also Bill Plympton and Adam Elliot, and could certainly discover more were I so inclined.

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Biden-linked Totalitarian CCP continues campaign against Jimmy Lai and free speech. After a judge released Jimmy Lai on bail pending a February court date prior to Christmas, a very public campaign of intimidation against the judge saw Jimmy back in custody for the new year. Notice the reverence in Hong Kong for social distancing among […]

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Writing on Oscar Movies


This was the year of Scorsese, even if only two people say so — the three-Oscar-winning writer-director-producer of the four-Oscar-winning Parasite, Bong Joon-ho — and me. Tarantino should have swept the Awards, but the Academy still desperately hopes that a sufficient number of sufficiently clever and sentimental auteurs will save cinema from the twin evils of Disney, perpetually snubbed, and Netflix, perpetually snubbed despite throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at winning a Best Picture Oscar.

Recent victorious auteurs include the insightful, but irresponsible enemy of liberalism Jordan Peele, the uninspired, sentimental Guillermo del Toro, his more insightful friend who’s absolutely clueless about the world we live in, Alejandro Inarritu — to say nothing of the other moralistic winners based on the hope that finally Hollywood will fix America’s race problems: Green Book, Moonlight, 12 years of slave…

In Defense of Adulting at Disney Parks


Friday’s New York Post released an article, “Sorry, childless millennials going to Disney World is weird,” commenting on a rant by an angry mom who is clearly morally superior based on her obscenity-riddled Facebook post that has gone viral. The story was that a childless young woman was in line ahead of a mom and her 3-year-old son to get a pretzel, and because it took too long and the mom got frustrated, her child cried. Lady, nobody made your child cry but you, when you told him, “no,” because you did not feel like waiting. Perhaps you should have used this as a moment to teach your child how to wait in line and how to be patient. Rather, you post a vicious attack on Facebook that anyone without a child should be banned, blaming them for entitlement and creating long lines… all while strongly believing you should be able to skip ahead – how ironic.

Johnny Oleksinski laments in his article that people between 23 and 38 (mostly millennials) have an “unhealthy” relationship with the biggest corporation geared towards children in the world. The claim is that adults are “throwing their money away” on frivolous things meant for children. Certainly there are some that are a bit… overboard… on the Disney stuff. You know the ones – they have the full-on Little Mermaid themed bathroom, or Mickey ears for every single occasion… it’s a little weird, but what really is the harm in capitalism?

By the way, my husband and I are 37, childless, and Disneyland Annual Passholders.

ACF Episode #100: Tim Burton


Friends, we celebrate our 100th episode with a conversation with Paul Cantor on Tim Burton’s early movies: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and Ed Wood. We start, however, with the new Dumbo and Burton’s attack on Disney, television culture, celebrity, and all that… For more Cantor on Burton and other pop culture writing, here’s the book: The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture.

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In ‘get off my lawn’ news, I am kinda sick of the Nightmare Before Christmas-ization of Halloween. I’ve heard the theme constantly today, and Skellington is the face of Disney’s Autumn/Winter Haunted Mansion for who knows how long?  The tedious and forgettable quarter century-old movie (I admire the actors, director, and Oingo Boinger in other […]

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ACF Middlebrow #14: Richard Rushfield


My favorite newshound in Hollywood joins me on the podcast — Richard Rushfield, author of The Ankler newsletter. You will have heard him on the Ricochet podcast a while back and this is your chance to get his views on the conflicts now changing the most splendid and sordid of American industries. We talk Netflix, Amazon, Disney, and the other studios, most of which may not be long for this world. We talk tech disruption and the recovery of memory through the vast number of characters Disney owns — in fact, Disney seems to have copyrighted our memories and fantasies! We talk digital future and business models now. Listen to our conversation, share it, and comment, folks!

David French of National Review and David French of National Review welcome more good economic news, including weekly jobless claims at the lowest level since January 1973 and the highest consumer sentiment in 14 years.  David fights back against the intolerant liberal mob that wants former National Review columnist Kevin Williamson ousted from his new position at The Atlantic in the latest example of demands for ideological purity in journalism on the left.  And they fume at a Planned Parenthood chapter in Pennsylvania for not only tweeting that Disney needs princesses that have had abortions, are undocumented, are union members or transgender, but they unload at the radical social justice warriors who insist pushing an extreme agenda in the face of small children.

NOTE: There will be no Three Martini Lunch on Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday.  Jim and Greg will be back on Monday, April 2.  Happy Easter!

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*This probably won’t be for everyone but I reviewed Coco through a letter to my nieces and nephews. We lost their grandfather this fall, right before its release. He was a man of the Left but a great one nonetheless. I like to think if he paid better attention he would have known better. He […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic that Republicans may soon pass a tax cut and while the proposal is not perfect, it moves in the right direction on a number of fronts.  They also react to Disney becoming an even more mammoth presence in entertainment with the news it is paying over $52 billion to buy most assets of Fox.  And they discuss the latest hit to the credibility of the Russia investigation, as a recently fired Mueller deputy referred to pursuing an “insurance policy” just in case Trump won the election.

The Mouse That Ate Hollywood


It’s been rumored for a couple of weeks now but it became official on Thursday morning. The Walt Disney Company is acquiring the majority of assets from 21st Century Fox, thereby creating the world’s largest media company by far. This deal will have regulatory hoops to jump through all over the world and will probably take 18 to 24 months to close.

It’s much easier to list the assets that Disney will not get as opposed to what they do get. Not included in the deal:

  • Fox Broadcast Network
  • Fox News and Fox Business Channels
  • FS1 and FS2
  • The Big Ten Network
  • The Fox Lot in Century City

What is included in the deal are the Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks. This will gut the available streaming content on FoxSportsGo. It will also be interesting to see if Disney chooses to hold on to them or spin them off to someone like AT&T who has jumped into the RSN business with their purchase of Root Sports last year. It could provide product for the new ESPN Plus streaming service and see all of the regionals rebranded under the ESPN name. Or taking on all of the additional rights fees for a contracting cable universe could be a killer. Disney could save tons of money by nationalizing the content of the regionals but maintaining the distribution model. In other words, why have two separate feeds for the home team and the away team when you could have just one under the ESPN banner? What the teams lose in in-game promotion mentions could be compensated for in free commercial spots.

Coco: A Movie Review


The latest Pixar/Disney film is Coco, which tells the story of a boy who, on the Mexican Day of the Dead, accidentally transports himself in the world of the dead. He then must find his way home, encountering and working with his departed family to get back before sunrise, when he would find himself permanently trapped.

If you have seen the previews, then you should already be prepared for the quirky and colorful animation to come.  I must confess that I had my doubts before seeing the movie, fearing that the animated skeletons would be little more than fodder for cheap gimmicks and gags, but the story rises far above that, using the animation merely as the vehicle through which a deeper story is told.

The film is very touching, even for a Pixar release, and I should warn you that there were many eyes that were far from dry by the end (including my own). Yes, this is a family film in the sense that the story is safe for children of all ages, but the story itself runs far deeper.

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Some of the best movies are the ones that provide surface entertainment while having something deeper to think or talk about if you so wish to go that far. As far as Children’s movies go, this movie delivered. Like an onion, every subsequent viewing of Disney’s Moana revealed something a bit deeper than the last. At the […]

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Disney Reaps What It Sows


Four weeks ago ESPN personality Jemele Hill took on President Trump in a series of Tweets (condensed into a single quote here):

“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me. Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

The honchos at the network declined to discipline her, although they have a long history of suspending and publicly admonishing talent for “controversial” conservative opinions or generally criticizing the network for their liberal politics. Former World Series hero Curt Schilling was fired for his opinions on the North Carolina bathroom bill and it emerged that long-time SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn was suspended for merely suggesting politics had a hand in the network’s falling subscriber rolls.