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When It Comes to Animated Films, Inside Out 2 Rules

It's now the highest-grossing animated feature ever

(Newser) - One Disney sequel has dethroned another. CNBC reports Inside Out 2 became the highest-grossing animated feature ever on Tuesday, taking the top slot from Frozen II. The film's current box-office take is $1.462 billion versus Frozen II's $1.454 billion, reports Deadline , and that figure is sure...

Disney Heir: No More Donations Until Biden Goes

Abigail Disney says she'll halt funds out of 'realism, not disrespect'

(Newser) - As fallout continues over President Biden's weak debate performance against former President Trump, the turmoil has spread to top Democratic donors, including one particularly high-profile name who now says she'll halt the money flow until Biden is replaced. "I intend to stop any contributions to the party...

These Disney Workers Moved Thousands of Miles. Now, a Suit

They relocated from California to Florida, only to be stranded after $1B office complex was nixed

(Newser) - In 2021, Disney announced that it would build a $1 billion office complex for theme park staff in the Lake Nona neighborhood of Orlando, and that 2,000 workers would either need to move from California to central Florida or quit their jobs. Two years later, the company scrapped plans...

Iconic Disney Ride Reopening With Theme Seen as Fitting

Splash Mountain features Black princess Tiana instead of 'Song of South' stereotypes

(Newser) - A new attraction starring the first Black Disney princess is opening at the company's US theme park resorts, and some Disney followers see it as a fitting replacement to a former ride based on a movie that contained racist tropes, per the AP . The new theme park attraction updates...

Disney's China Experiment Hasn't Gone as Expected
Disney's China Experiment
Hasn't Gone as Expected

Disney's China Experiment Hasn't Gone as Expected

For one thing, the little-known LinaBell is the most popular character, as the Dial explains

(Newser) - When Disney opened Shangahi Disneyland in 2016, it had visions of becoming a cultural juggernaut in China on par with its success in the US. Things haven't gone exactly as planned. "Disneyland is popular in China, but not in the way that Disney intended," writes Lavender Au...

Disney Finally Gets Activist Investor Off Its Back

Nelson Peltz reportedly dumps his entire Disney stake after losing proxy battle, makes $1B in profit

(Newser) - Last month, the "most expensive corporate proxy fight in history" ended for Nelson Peltz without the seats on Disney's board that he'd hoped for. Now, the activist investor is dumping all of his stock in the company: A source tells CNBC that Peltz has sold off his...

With His Brother, He Crafted the World's Most-Played Song

Richard Sherman of Disney and 'It's a Small World' fame dies at 95

(Newser) - Richard M. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning the instantly memorable songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang—as well as the most-played tune on Earth, "It's a Small World (After...

Well, Now Bring on the Streaming Service Bundles

Disney+, Hulu, Max are teaming up. You know, kind of like a cable package

(Newser) - In a move that CNBC says is "reminiscent of the traditional cable TV bundle" of yore, Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery are teaming up to offer a bundle of the two companies' streaming services.
  • What's included? The bundle will include Disney's Disney+ and Hulu, and Warner Bros.

Disney Boss Addresses 'Superhero Fatigue'

Bob Iger says company is going to tamp down on Marvel franchise output to focus on quality

(Newser) - Disney had some good news to share during its latest quarterly report, including the profit its streaming services (Disney+ and Hulu) turned this time around. But CEO Bob Iger also noted during Tuesday's conference call with analysts that the company has had to contend with "superhero fatigue" around...

'Most Expensive Corporate Proxy Fight' Ever Is Over

Peltz loses bid for board seats after expensive proxy battle

(Newser) - Disney held its annual shareholder meeting Wednesday—and CEO Bob Iger prevailed in a long-running battle over board seats. Shareholders voted to re-elect all 12 of the company-backed board members, including Iger, Variety reports. They rejected a slate that included activist investor Nelson Peltz of investment firm Trian Partners and...

Deal Ends Disney's Legal Battles in Florida

Company, DeSantis allies welcome 'new chapter'

(Newser) - The long-running legal battle between Disney and allies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is over—in the Florida courts, at least. The board of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, installed by DeSantis to oversee Disney's special tax district, has agreed to a settlement that will end numerous legal...

Disney's Activist Investor Slams 'Woke' Marvel Films

'Why do I need an all-Black cast?' Nelson Peltz asks in interview with 'Financial Times'

(Newser) - Black Panther's target demographic isn't necessarily the white octogenarian set, and you can count Disney activist investor Nelson Peltz as not a fan of the highly rated 2018 action-adventure flick. Peltz recently gave a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times in which he criticized a too "woke"...

Replica Disney Haunted Mansion Up for Grabs

Georgia home based on the plans for the original listed for sale for $2.2M

(Newser) - Disney fans have a shot to live in what is essentially a carbon copy of one of the most popular attractions at Disneyland. It's a replica of the Haunted Mansion, though this mansion can be found on the other side of the country in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of...

George Lucas Picks His Player in Disney Proxy Battle

'Star Wars' filmmaker goes to bat for CEO Bob Iger in fight against Nelson Peltz, as does Jamie Dimon

(Newser) - Nelson Peltz's hedge fund is trying to seize two seats on Disney's board of directors, but he's got some opposition, including from one of the entertainment giant's biggest single shareholders: Star Wars director George Lucas, who says he's backing the board and the leadership of...

Disneyland Looking to Make Big Changes

Disney wants to expand California theme parks, without expanding footprint

(Newser) - Walking through the frosty, snow-covered hamlet of Arendelle from Frozen or the bustling, critter-filled metropolis of Zootopia might be possible one day for visitors to Disney's California theme parks, the AP reports. That's only if Disney wins approval from local officials to expand its Anaheim resort over the...

One of Disney's Most Lucrative Characters: the 'Disney Adult'
A Look at What Makes
'Disney Adults' Tick

A Look at What Makes 'Disney Adults' Tick

'New Statesman' notes many are unwitting creations of the company itself

(Newser) - If you want to start a surefire online debate, mention the idea of "Disney adults." You know, those who regularly visit the parks sans children or remain superfans of the movies, merchandise, and characters well past childhood. Critics will say they need to grow up and get a...

Disney Announces Surprise Moana Sequel

It's coming to theaters November 27

(Newser) - A sequel to Disney's beloved Moana will hit theaters around Thanksgiving this year. Disney made the surprise Moana 2 announcement Wednesday during an earnings call, Variety reports. CEO Bob Iger says Disney was initially working on a TV series that would follow the 2016 film, but "we were...

Gina Carano Sues Over Mandalorian Firing

Elon Musk is funding the lawsuit against Disney, Lucasfilm

(Newser) - Three years after she was booted from Disney's The Mandalorian after a post comparing current-day Republicans to Jews during the Holocaust, Gina Carano is suing. Her lawsuit alleges Disney and Lucasfilm discriminated against her and wrongfully terminated her, and, as Variety reports, it uses a few "elaborate Star ...

Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain, Quickly Turns Evil

'Steamboat Willie' character gets horror film treatment

(Newser) - It's officially 2024, which means Disney's Mickey Mouse, as he originally appeared in 1928, has entered the public domain . And as was probably to be expected following 2023's slasher version of Winnie the Pooh , the character has already been turned into a cold-blooded killer via meme , video...

Brittney Griner Makes a 'Sweeping' Deal With Disney

WNBA star will tell her story in ESPN documentary, scripted series for ABC Signature

(Newser) - Practically a year to the day after she was released from a Russian prison, Brittney Griner has some big news. Deadline reports that the 33-year-old center for the Phoenix Mercury has signed a "sweeping" deal with Disney that will include not only an ESPN documentary, but also a scripted...

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