A petition calling for Disney to drop their 2003 trademark has nearly reached 75,000.
Upwards of 70,000 people have signed petition urging Disney to drop their trademark of ‘hakuna matata’ from The Lion King, accusing the company of “colonialism and robbery”.
The expression means ‘no problem’ or ‘no worries’ in Swahili, a language spoken in several East African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and D.R. Congo. ‘Hakuna matata’ was popularised in 1982 by the Kenyan band Them Mushrooms, whose platinum-selling single ‘Jambo Bwana (Hello, Mister)’ featured the phrase. It was later featured in Disney’s 1994 animation The Lion King, which spawned a hit musical and has since became one of Disney’s most lucrative franchises.
Disney was granted an American trademark for the expression way back in 2003, which protects the use of the phrase on clothing and footwear.
Continue reading: Disney Accused Of "Colonialism" Over Trademark Of 'Hakuna Matata'
Whitehall, who is straight, has been cast as Disney's first ever openly gay major film character in 'Jungle Cruise' - and many are not happy.
The comedian, who is straight, announced he was “honoured” at being appointed to the role for the film, due to arrive in 2019. However, the news has led to some criticism from the LGBTQ+ community, with many asking why Disney couldn’t have given the role to a gay actor.
Furthermore, reports on Wednesday (August 15th) that Whitehall’s character will be “hugely effete” and “very camp” led to campaigners for LGBTQ+ rights warned that Disney risked getting the tone wrong for a potential watershed moment by “playing up to negative tropes and received ideas about queer people”.
Gunn was dismissed last month by Disney, but since then a petition has been launched for his reinstatement, with the cast also voicing their support.
Despite a petition to get him re-hired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and the overwhelming support of the cast, it seems as though Disney’s decision to fire him over controversial old tweets won’t be reversed.
According to a report by Variety on Wednesday night (August 1st), the studio is unlikely to change its mind over the decision made last month to dismiss Gunn from the Marvel three-quel.
This comes as Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, has come under pressure to reconsider its stance, after a public petition was launched to re-instate Gunn last week. A few days later, the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 pledged its “full support” to the director, with lead star Chris Pratt going even further and calling directly for Gunn’s reinstatement.
Chilean songwriter Jaime Ciero claims that the 'Frozen' song 'Let It Go' infringes on his own track 'Volar'.
‘Let It Go’ was the memorable soundtrack to the runaway success of Disney’s 2013 animated movie Frozen, and a song that has subsequently driven millions of parents completely round the bend. It was performed by actress Idina Menzel for the movie itself, and by pop star Demi Lovato for the single version.
However, TMZ reports on Thursday (November 23rd) that musician Jaime Ciero is suing the three defendants, claiming that ‘Let It Go’ sounds overly similar to his 2008 song ‘Volar’.
The trailer for 'Incredibles 2' is set to released this weekend.
Featuring the returning Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter as Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best, aka Frozone, Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr and Huck Milner as Dashielle 'Dash' Parr comes upcoming Disney release 'The Incredibles 2', with a trailer right around the corner. Original writer and director Brad Bird is also returning to help the Disney Pixar release.
Catherine Keener has joined the cast of 'The Incredibles 2'
Fans of the original 'Incredibles' movie have been patiently waiting for the announced sequel for some time now, and with the film finally coming together, there have been some major news items coming out about exactly who'll be starring and how the story in the picture may progress.
Continue reading: Disney Cast Catherine Keener And Bob Odenkirk In 'Incredibles 2'
The company also announced a live-action TV series for its streaming service.
Disney would appear to be extremely confident about Rian Johnson’s handling of the upcoming Star Wars movie The Last Jedi, revealing that they have green-lit a further trilogy of movies, entirely under the director’s aegis.
The 43 year old director will be writing and directing the first instalment of the planned new trilogy of films, with Johnson’s long-time production partner Ram Bergman working with him.
Although the details are vague at this point, rather than continuing the classic Skywalker-based timeline of the nine existing films, this trilogy will focus on “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
Continue reading: Disney Announces New 'Star Wars' Trilogy With Rian Johnson
The film looks to be getting a reboot in a straight-to-TV Disney movie.
When it comes to Disney, there are more classic animations than anything else. One of the exceptions to that rule however comes in the form of Halloween must-watch, 'Hocus Pocus'. Starring the brilliant Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the leading role of villainous witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary respectively, it's a film that achieved cult status upon home release.
Kenny Ortega seems keen to return to the franchise
What many don't know is that 'Hocus Pocus' wasn't a big box office hit. In fact, it didn't fare very well upon its initial release at all, taking a short while to really take off. Looking back, it's hard to imagine why people didn't go out in their droves to see the flick, as it still stands up as one of the best seasonal pictures of all time and even to this day takes in around $1 million in sales each October.
Continue reading: 'Hocus Pocus' Director Wants Sequel With Original Cast
Guy Ritchie will direct the new adaptation of the Disney classic.
Disney have this week announced the release date for their upcoming live-adaptation of classic fan-favourite film 'Aladdin', with the movie set to drop on May 24, 2019.
Fans are intrigued to see what Guy Ritchie does with 'Aladdin'
Written by John August and produced by Dan Lin, with Guy Ritchie serving as director, the film will star relative newcomer Mena Massoud in the titular role, with 'Power Rangers' actress Naomi Scott stepping into the shoes of Princess Jasmine, and Will Smith serving as the Genie of the Lamp. Marwan Kenzari is the villainous Jafar, whilst Navid Negahban plays the Sultan.
Continue reading: Disney Reveal Release Date For Live-Action 'Aladdin'
Disney came under fire for creating an entirely new role for a white actor in Guy Ritchie's live-action re-make of 'Aladdin'.
Disney has been strongly criticised on social media for an act of whitewashing concerning its new live action re-make of Aladdin, apparently creating an entirely new role for a white actor.
The company is believed to have cast Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods, Bridge of Spies) as a character called Prince Anders, who does not feature in the 1992 animated Aladdin or the original folklore ‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’, for its upcoming live-action film.
The decision follows an existing outcry over the casting of Naomi Scott, a non-Arab actor of British and Indian heritage, as Princess Jasmine two months ago. She’ll star alongside Mena Massoud, who is of Egyptian background, as Aladdin himself, and Will Smith in the role of the Genie.
Continue reading: Disney Accused Of Whitewashing Over New Billy Magnussen Role
The one-hit-wonder claims they have used the song without her permission.
‘Mickey’ singer Toni Basil is suing several companies who she claims have used her 1982 song without her permission.
Among the defendants named in her suit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Thursday (August 31), are media companies Disney and Viacom, as well as television shows 'South Park' and 'RuPaul's Drag Race'.
Toni Basil in 2014
Continue reading: 'Mickey' Singer Toni Basil Sues Disney And 'South Park'
Brooke Sorenson seen attending the premiere of Disney's 'Moana,' during AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi, held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 14th November 2016
Cara Whitney, Reagan Whitney, Wyatt Whitney and Daniel Whitney (aka Larry The Cable Guy) at The Walt Disney Family Museum 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala held at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Anaheim, California, United States - Tuesday 1st November 2016
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