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The Toy Story movies are about the secret lives of dolls and action figures that find their deepest fulfillment in a child's embrace. But they're really about what it means to be human: the joys of love and friendship and the pains of rejection and loss. But even more than the earlier films, Toy Story 4 feels haunted by the idea of impermanence. What happens when we outgrow something we once cherished? To put it another way: After three Toy Story movies, do we really need a fourth?

Many academics and parents have said that Disney princesses are "bad for girls" because they are defined by their appearance – and they often must be rescued by men rather than act on their own (see: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White).

Sociologist Charu Uppal in Sweden has another concern – the fact that many classic Disney princesses are white and Western.

As Disney plunders its archives for live-action remakes of animated classics, the question of "Why?" continues to be less evident on the screen than it is on the company ledger. The one quiet exception was Pete's Dragon, which succeeded because it had no fidelity to the second-rate slapstick and songcraft of the original, and could reimagine the premise from the ground up. When the catalog titles get as massive as Aladdin, however, the mission becomes to replicate it as closely as possible, which inevitably leads to stilted facsimile.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Marvel Comics’ favorite superhero group, the Avengers, is back. “Avengers: Endgame” closes out the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 11-year, 22-film saga. We take a look at how Marvel has changed movie-making, why the MCU is so beloved by fans and what’s next for the universe.

Let's start with a bit of service journalism: Going into Avengers: Endgame, one would be well-advised to manage both one's expectations, and — given its three-hour-plus, intermissionless runtime — one's fluid intake.

Disney has unveiled a suite of new streaming services designed to rival Netflix. Set to debut in November, Disney+ will be the latest in a growing list of potential competitors to Netflix that already includes Amazon, Apple and AT&T. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Peter Kafka (@pkafka), executive editor at Recode.


Disneyland has been open in Anaheim, California, since 1955. And it’s about to change in a big way.

Next month, the park will add a new section called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney World in Florida will also add a Star Wars themed section this summer.

And as you might have experienced firsthand or heard from friends or family members, Disney’s parks become packed with crowds and long lines.

Now, add Star Wars fans to the mix.

'Dumbo': Elephants Never Forget, But Audiences Will

Mar 28, 2019

Dumbo, the first of three live-action(ish) remakes of beloved Disney cartoons due in the next four months (Aladdin is coming in May, The Lion King in June), coulda been a contender. Its director is Tim Burton, who began his career as an animator, and who has periodically returned to that medium for heartfelt, handmade pictures like Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie.

Homer Simpson probably won't become the newest member of the Avengers, but anything's possible now that Disney owns 21st Century Fox.

One year after the Walt Disney Co. announced the $71.3 billion merger, it's official. The deal, which closed Wednesday at 12:02 a.m. Eastern time, reshapes the media landscape and makes Disney an even greater entertainment behemoth. In bolstering its trove of characters and stories, the acquisition also puts Disney in a stronger position to take on Netflix and other streaming companies when it launches its own service, Disney+, later this year.

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In 2014, it was Kim Kardashian and her oiled, prominent posterior that “broke the internet.” Four years later, the term is a thing, and thankfully there’s no recreation of Kim K’s famous pose by the hulking, titular character in “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” a delightful sequel to Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the story of an 8-bit bad guy who learns to lov