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            The movie Finding Dory did not increase demand for blue tang fish, instead it created more awareness about the species. Warnings that this would happen are because of reports that the movie Finding Nemo inspired increased demand for clown fish. Results from University of Oxford research show that there’s no link between blockbuster movies and demand for wildlife. Instead, these blockbuster films sometimes inspire viewers to learn more about the animals they depict.

In the past media sources have made false accusations of film influences on consumer behavior. These accusations were often made against very famous movies such as Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. This same research group at Oxford will be researching the impact of environmental BBC documentaries such as Blue Planet on plastics and Black Fish on attitudes towards cetacean (a type of aquatic mammal) captivity.

Disney’s remake of Aladdin hit the theaters earlier this year was a massive success across the globe. Grossing over $1 Billion dollars, the popularity of Aladdin has Disney thinking that the people are looking for more. With numbers like those, it is hard to disagree with their stance. 

The recent resurgence of the Golden Era films from Disney has been based around remaking older titles and not adding sequels films. However in this case, it could make sense. The Will Smith Genie element will be a big draw to bring viewers back in, along with the curiosity of what new angle they will take with the Aladdin title. 

Producer Dan Lin had this to say. 

“We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell.”

While nothing has been officially revealed, it sounds like the powers that be in the Aladdin franchise are toying with the idea of more for the title. 

It has also been rumored that a live action Bambi remake is in the works. After seeing the success of The Lion King, Disney will produce the 1940’s classic Bambi in a similar fashion. Talking CGI animals, mixed into live action backgrounds, and the possibility of an actual human being in the film are among the latest highlights around the underground buzz. Disney has been on an all out blitz of remakes, and Bambi is one of the remaining few titles Disney still has to produce. 

Check back in for more Disney news as some of these new rumors unfold and let us know your thoughts on some of the latest Disney buzz! 

With Fox being bought out by Disney in 2018, the rights to the Marvel franchise went to Disney. At the time, Marvel still had shows like Luke Cage, Daredevil, and the Punisher among others streaming on Netflix. Disney had only just announced at the time that they were going to start a streaming service of their own (Disney+), and it’s unclear whether or not this announcement triggered Netflix to pull the plug on the Marvel series shows.

Regardless of why Netflix pulled the plug, Marvel was not expecting it, or at least not expecting it so soon. Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb had this to say. 

“The hardest part was while the situation at Netflix, which I really can’t go into other than to say that we were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet. We weren’t ready to announce that, so there was this space in between it, so it did look like maybe we were going to go out. Then suddenly, we were arising again like the Phoenix.”

The Marvel shows will land back on Disney+ when it drops this November, however it doesn’t seem like they’re thrilled about how it all ended with the streaming giant Netflix. 

Slime, music, laughs, and awards: these are the words that sum up this years 2019 Kids Choice Awards which wrapped up this past weekend. There were lots of awards handed out, with Avengers End game getting a ton of love from the voters. Check out the complete list of awards and the winners of this years Teen Choice Awards. 

Choice Drama Movie

After

Choice Drama Movie Actor

Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After

Choice Drama Movie Actress

Josephine Langford – After

Choice Comedy Movie

Crazy Rich Asians

Choice Comedy Movie Actor

Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date

Choice Comedy Movie Actress

Laura Marano – The Perfect Date

Choice Summer Movie

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Choice Summer Movie Actor

Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home

Choice Summer Movie Actress

Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home

Choice Movie Villain

Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame

Choice Action Movie

Avengers: Endgame

Choice Action Movie Actor

Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame

Choice Action Movie Actress

Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie

Aladdin

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor

Will Smith – Aladdin

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress

Naomi Scott – Aladdin

Choice Drama TV Show

Riverdale

Choice Drama TV Actor

Cole Sprouse – Riverdale

Choice Drama TV Actress

Lili Reinhart – Riverdale

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

Shadowhunters

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor

Jared Padalecki – Supernatural

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress

Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters

Choice Action TV Show

MacGyver

Choice Action TV Actor

Stephen Amell – Arrow

Choice Action TV Actress

Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest

Choice Comedy TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

Choice Comedy TV Actress

Nina Dobrev – Fam

Choice TV Villain

Cameron Monaghan – Gotham

Choice Ship

Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale

Choice Summer TV Show

Stranger Things

Choice Summer TV Actor

Noah Schnapp — Stranger Things

Choice Summer TV Actress

Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things

Choice Reality TV Show

America’s Got Talent

Choice Throwback TV Show

Friends

Choice Comedian

Ethan & Grayson Dolan

Choice Male Athlete

Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete

Serena Williams

Choice Male Artist

Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Choice Music Group

Why Don’t We

Choice Country Artist

Dan + Shay

Choice Latin Artist

CNCO

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

Choice Rock Artist

Panic! At The Disco

Choice Song: Female Artist

Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations”

Choice Song: Male Artist

Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us”

Choice Song: Group

Blackpink – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”

Choice Pop Song

Ariana Grande – “Thank u, next”

Choice Country Song

Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

Choice Song From a Movie

Zayn & Zhavia Ward, Aladdin – “A Whole New World (End Title)”

Choice Electronic/Dance Song

Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)”

Choice Latin Song

CNCO – “Pretend”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song

Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]”

Choice Rock Song

Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

Choice Summer Female Artist

Halsey

Choice Summer Male Artist

Shawn Mendes

Choice Summer Group

Jonas Brothers

Choice Summer Tour

BTS – BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour

Choice YouTuber

Sam and Colby

Choice Social Star

Noah Centineo

Choice Female Web Star

Emma Chamberlain

Choice Male Web Star

David Dobrik

Choice Comedy Web Star

The Dolan Twins

Choice Music Web Star

Annie LeBlanc

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star

Hannah Meloche

Choice Gamer

PewDiePie

The buzz is palpable around the release of Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+.  Set to release November 12th, it is entering the market against well established players like Netflix and Amazon, which would not be an easy task for a newbie, but with Disney’s catalog, they will light it up immediately, even if their subscribers are limited to families with kids.

Early announcements about pricing for Disney+ suggest that it will come as a standalone, starting price for $6.99 and a bundled price of $12.99 that will include ESPN+ and Hulu. The standalone price for ESPN + is $4.99 while Hulu sits at $5.99. Combing the three services together under one price umbrella is a proper marketing strategy.

ESPN and Hulu have been at least partially owned by Disney for some time. Hulu became part of Disney after its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The competition lines up as follows: Amazon Prime offers its streaming service bundled with Amazon shipping benefits for about $12.99 a month, Netflix offers its thousands of movies and original series for the same and now Disney + is matching them.  Disney’s advantage is its amazing catalog of classic movies and cartoons for kids and the movies from their other properties; Marvel, Touchstone Pictures and Lucasfilm.  No doubt, they will force an adjustment in the market.  To counter what is coming, Netflix is putting up $15 billion to finance original programming.  Take that Mickey. 

The trend for Disney producing old content into modern live action content continues. They’ve done it now with the release and production of several classic movies (Aladdin, Lion King, Mulan), and now they’re bringing back ‘Recess’. That’s right, the 3rd Street Elementary School crew is back, but now, they’re live and in living color.

Here’s a look at the cast list

  • Benjamin Wadsworth as TJ
  • Sean Depner as Mikey
  • Louriza Tronco as Spinelli
  • Lillian Doucet Roche as Gretchen
  • Fritzy Klevans Destine as Vince
  • Clive Holloway as Gus
  • Adam DiMarco as everyone’s favorite snitch, Randall

What makes this project so great outside of the nostalgia factor is the fact that it will be released online for free. A smaller lower budget project for Disney, who will turn around any proceeds and earnings through donations and advertisements back into paying for the project. Get ready for ‘Recess’ again, coming this August!

Sunday was a big day for Marvel fans, as Kevin Feige president of Marvel Studios announced “Phase 4” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con. Fans were in a frenzy as title after title was announced.

Angelina Jolie is headlining the new movie The Eternals, which was apart of the announcement of five new title releases. The Eternals is set to drop in 2020 along with Black Widow, while Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, and a new Thor movie are set to drop in 2021. Along with the new movie releases, Feige to a roar of cheers from the crowd announced the new titles for TV Series, which included The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2020, WandaVision, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye all to drop in 2021. Those TV Series will feature on Disney’s new streaming service, “Disney +”.

While those are the projects already in production, the biggest hype came in the final announcements about the projects in the works. Feige teased the audience with some spoilers of what else Marvel fans can expect as he closed out the presentation;

“We didn’t even mention that we’re making Black Panther 2, we didn’t mention the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is coming, we didn’t have time to talk about Captain Marvel 2, I didn’t even have time to talk about The Fantastic Four. And now there’s no time left to talk about mutants (X-Men)

The crowd was literally beside themselves cheering and roaring like their team just won a world championship, or their coveted presidential candidate just won the presidency. BUT WAIT …there’s more.

Perhaps the biggest announcement that nobody was expecting was that two time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will be the new Wesley Snipes in a remake of the Blade movies. This seems like a perfect fit, and personally we cannot wait to see a trailer for the new look Blade. 

Overall, Marvel Studios brought down the house at Comic-Con, and Phase 4 on the surface looks like it will not disappoint. Let us know your thoughts on the announcement, and what releases you are most excited about. 

With the 2019 version of The Lion King coming to theaters this weekend, don’t expect there to be a big difference from the original film in terms of its core principles and story. Many have questioned why a remake was even done if they we’re just going to “modernize” the 1999 film. For example here is a quote from Vanity on the film.

“Favreau’s The Lion King is an undeniably impressive, but incredibly safe entry to the catalog” — Variety

Director Jon Favreau had this to say in an interview with ABC.

“I think this story has been enduring now since it first hit the screen as a 2D animated film and then through the theatrical run of the musical production and people know it very, very well … millions and millions of people know it, have grown up with it, have seen it over and over again and certainly know the music. 

We felt that it wasn’t appropriate for us to take the title and make up our own story. We really wanted to stick to the things people remembered.”

Disney has done really well remaking their classic films, especially with Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Aladdin which also released this year. The two films grossed $1,801 ($m) and $1,368 ($m) respectively. Expect The Lion King to do somewhere in the middle if not higher than those figures. While critics have been, well, critical, of Disney’s releases, the public has shared a different opinion.

Check out Disney’s The Lion King this weekend and let us know what you thought of the newest remake of a Disney classic.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Co. has been a pioneer in the automobile industry with their revolutionary electric car technologies. While the company has not been known to do traditional marketing like other car companies, they may be close to finalizing a unique marketing agreement with Disney.

According to reports, Tesla and Disney are talking about the Tomorrowland Speedway ride at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando. The ride allows participants to drive a go-kart along a track, essentially putting the thrill of the “ride” in the hands of the user. Those go-karts are gas powered. Reports are saying that the deal between Tesla and Disney would involve changing out all the gas powered go-karts for electric go-karts, with the Tesla logo and surely some of their technologies.

It is a brilliant move from Tesla’s point of view, and should truly benefit both parties. Disney goes more green with electric operated go-karts. Meanwhile, Tesla will welcome thousands upon thousands of kids behind the wheel of an electric powered go-kart with their name on it. These are kids mind you, who are  just a handful of years away from getting their driving licenses. Drive electric as a kid, drive electric as an adult?

Let us know your thoughts on electric cars, could you see yourself in one?

We will continue to monitor the behind the scenes rumbles of the potentially new venture between two very popular companies.

The Disney Brand has been built around family, dreams, happiness, and joy. The parks are referred to as “The Happiest Place on Earth”. However, what Disney heiress Abigail Disney found when she visited the theme park was anything but the aforementioned characteristics.

Abigail Disney didn’t recall anything different about the thousands of visitors who pass through the theme parks daily, but rather with the heart and soul of the operation, the day to day park employees. 

“Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, ‘I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage,’”

She continued …

“I was so livid when I came out of there because, you know, my grandfather taught me to revere these people that take your tickets, that pour your soda. Those people are much of the recipe for success.”

While Disney has taken their fair share of criticism in the past regarding the employee work environments, racism, and equal pay, these comments coming from within the Disney family speak much louder.

CEO Bob Iger has taken Disney to new heights financially, and in terms of global awareness, but Abigail, known for being a philanthropist, is calling out the CEO on his salary. A salary he pays to himself, to the tune of 66 million dollars a year. According to a study, that is 1,000 times what the average Disney employee made last year.

Apparently Abigail wrote Iger an email on the subject, but has still yet to hear back. There is no doubt the Disney brand is thriving right now. One can only hope that upper management, starting with the CEO, will share the wealth with those who hold down the foundation of the company.