Legendary Disney animation director John Musker talks about Disney’s political message in the films

Director John Musker is the director behind some of Disney’s greatest animated films, including The Great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the FrogAND Moana.

The guy has told one great animated story after another and proves he knows how to tell a strong story. Well, the director behind these classic films recently shared his opinion on the studio’s current offerings, and he’s not a fan.

Like many other Disney fans, Musker believes that Disney needs to move away from political messages in its films, and that’s something that even Disney CEO Bob Iger has hinted that they will take a back seat as they move forward.

During an interview with Spanish newspaper El País, Musker said: “I think they need to do a bit of a course correction in terms of putting the message behind, behind entertainment, a compelling story and engaging characters. I Classic Disney films aren’t born out of trying to have a message.”

He went on to explain, “They wanted you to be invested in the characters and the story and the world, and I think that’s still the crux of the matter. You don’t have to rule out goals, but you have to first create characters that you sympathize with and that are compelling. “

Musker, who introduced Disney’s first black princess, Tiana The Princess and the Frogwhich was met with racist complaints, said of that film: “We weren’t trying to wake up, although I understand the criticism.”

Regarding Disney’s live-action remakes of its classic animated projects, Musker said, “Companies are always like, ‘How can we reduce our risk? They like this, right? We’ll remake it and sell it to them in a heartbeat. . different shape.” Or they think, ‘Well, we could make it better.'”

When talking specifically about The little Mermaid remake, he said: “They didn’t play up the father-daughter story, and that was the heart of the movie, in a way. And the crab: you could watch live animals in a zoo and they have more expression, like with The Lion King.”

He concluded by saying, “That’s one of the key things about Disney, is appeal. That’s what animation does best.”

I’ve always said that story and character development should come first. If you have a strong story, everything else will fall into place.

by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant

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