The dispute between Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took an interesting turn. One day before the state dissolved the 25,000-acre theme park tax district, the old board held a public meeting. They passed an agreement to transfer all powers from the Reedy Creek Improvement District to Disney. The newly appointed board by the governor was powerless to do anything when they met for the first time.
[T]his Declaration shall continue in effect until twenty-one (21) years after the death of the last survivor of the descendants of King Charles III, King of England living as of the date of this Declaration.
“Strange World” is the third of three movies I saw during the Thanksgiving weekend. This animated family adventure received a CinemaScore rating of a B by moviegoers. Being the first Walt Disney Animation Studios movie to score below an A- in 30 years. I had three serious problems with this movie that could explain why it bombed at the theaters.
Have you ever noticed how some reviewers post a review of a forthcoming movie just days before it opens to the general public? Yet they never disclose how they got free tickets to see a preview screening.
Are they sleeping with the teenagers behind the concession stand at the movie theater?
Do they know someone who is waiting tables to make it big in Hollywood?
Are they taking cash payments from the movie studios?
We are less than one week away from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” coming out in the movie theaters. Disney issued a warning “that visuals and sustained flashing light” in the movie could affect those who are photosensitive. If this seems like a familiar problem, it is. Pixar, also owned by the House of Mouse, had to put out a similar warning for “The Incredibles 2” after it came out in theaters. A problem that Disney partially fixed when it came out on Blu-Ray. You would think that Disney wouldn’t have avoided making the same mistake twice.
Earlier this week I saw a preview showing of Disney’s Aladdin, the live action version of the 1992 animated version. Will Smith replaces Robin Williams as the blue-skinned Genie, providing not only the voice but also the physical presence on the big screen. I had my doubts on whether he could pull that off. Robin Williams was a legendary comedian and the Genie was one of his most iconic roles. Never mind that I’ve never seen the animated version of Disney’s Aladdin.
A survey question by Civic Science found that 56% of Americans are against teaching Arabic numerals to kids. What are Arabic numerals? Zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine. The everyday numbers that schools have taught kids in the West for the last 800 years.
Snopes weighed in with a “true” rating, noting that the survey was like another viral survey question from December 2015. Public Policy Polling found that 41% of Republicans and 19% of Democrats were in favor of bombing “Agrabah,” the fictional city of Disney’s Aladdin. I very much doubt that Will Smith will be singing “bomb, bomb, bomb, Agrabah,” in the live action version of Disney’s Aladdin at the movie theaters this week.
What does the survey questions about Arabic numerals and Aladdin reveal about Americans?