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Kristen Bell knows that Frozen II has big snowshoes to fill. Its 2013 prequel busted box office records and earned an eye-popping a $1.27 billion globally.

But she calls herself an optimist.

"In my mind, if you make a recipe and the cake comes out great, you make it again the next day with the same ingredients. Why on earth wouldn't it be great?" said Bell in an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition.

In a windowless room at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., supervising sound editor Odin Benitez plays different sound effects for the creative team of Frozen II. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are commenting on the wind sounds.

Just six years after the Disney film Frozen unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace the soaring power ballad "Let It Go" — a song that proved no mere harmless earworm, but instead a devastatingly memetic musico-epidemiological event, a tuneful tapeworm that proceeded to infect the world's theater auditions, cabaret acts, drag repertoires and (especially) car rides to and from your kids' swim lessons — its sequel Frozen II now lies in wait, gestating in its bowels another song of similar belty pandemic virulence that, this coming weekend, will secure itself a billion or so

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Disney Enters Streaming Race With Disney+

Nov 11, 2019

Disney’s answer to the streaming giants Netflix and Amazon debuts Tuesday. Disney+ will feature access to Disney’s vast library of content for around $7 per month, and Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), senior editor at The Atlantic, argues Netflix should be scared.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Thompson.

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There are moments in the new photorealistic version of “The Lion King” that look so lifelike, you’d swear it was filmed on location. The film takes place in an Africa of your dreams, an unspoiled savannah with picturesque rock formations, deep gorges, and flowing, tall grass. The animators can be proud of these Pride Lands. But there’s a curious lifelessness to many of the characters, which led me to ultimately prefer the original hand-drawn “Lion King” to this new version, as much as I admired its technical wizardry.

As Disney continues to plunder its animated IP for live-action remakes, where these films fall on the spectrum of pointlessness has to do with how closely they adhere to the source. The remakes that simply copy the material from one format to the other, like Beauty and The Beast or Aladdin, have been consistently enervating whereas the ones that attempt a full gut rehab, like Dumbo or the excellent Pete's Dragon, at least have the benefit of an independent artistic vision. In this particular creative desert, every droplet of water counts.

Before Bob Iger took over as CEO of The Walt Disney Co. in 2005, Disney's stock value was stagnant. Its studios, networks and theme parks had lost some of their magic.

"We were embattled and somewhat discouraged and not as optimistic as we needed to be," he says. "And we needed to find our way."

How Iger turned the company around is chronicled in his new business memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company. The book is being published as he looks toward his retirement in 2021.

The granddaughter of Roy Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, is a class traitor. She proudly accepted this title at the United for a Fair Economy’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Earlier this month, United for a Fair Economy, an economic rights organization, brought together inheritors — people who have inherited extreme wealth and agree that creating an equitable economy benefits everyone, but mostly the lowest paid.

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