The big news today is that Disney has gone ahead and bought the Fox entertainment division. It’s all over the news. Here’s a big link explaining it all. This is a huge deal, most importantly for me and you because it means the X-Men and Fantastic Four are now under the control of Marvel Studios. At long last, these two major franchises can join the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Just in time for the Avengers actors to retire now that their contracts are up!
Of course, knowing my luck, this big news — years in the making — has only arrived after Fox announced a freakin’ Multiple Man movie! Come on!
Multiple Man is my all-time favorite superhero and comic book character. The idea that Fox would devote resources to a full-on Multiple Man solo movie was impossible to imagine only a few short weeks ago. But then Fox goes ahead and announces that James Franco is going to make the movie and star. It’s a literal dream come true, and for the first time in my life, I was glad that the X-Men are their own separate film entity and can make movies like Multiple Man.
So of course, immediately after this movie announcement, Disney finally gets the rights back for the X-Men in movies.
God dammit. This is just my freakin’ luck!
And just like when Disney acquired Star Wars and shut down the various video games and TV shows in production, I have to imagine they’re going to put a lot of in-development X-Men projects on the cutting block. And the Multiple Man movie is in its infancy, so there’s no reason to let it go forward.
Of course this is all happening. I just can’t have nice things.
Disney is currently hard at work on Frozen 2, the follow-up to their most popular cartoon of the decade. By all accounts, Frozen 2 is probably going to be a nuclear bomb of popularity with kids of all ages.
So here’s the thing: I want Frozen 2 to be a love story where Queen Elsa falls in love with another woman. I want to live in a world where that happens.
If you haven’t suffered through it yet, there’s a 20-minute Frozen cartoon that plays before Pixar’s new Coco film. The cartoon is insufferable, like some sort of mental torture. Coco is great, but this cartoon — Olaf’s Frozen Adventure — is the sort of low budget, cash grab, pure treacle, Christmas special garbage that they’d throw on ABC Family. And the fact that you have to suffer through it before getting to see Coco should be qualified as a crime against humanity.
But while I sat there watching the cartoon in pained silence, I got to thinking about the Frozen universe and the upcoming sequel. I don’t think we have any story details quite yet, but it’s probably a solid bet that Queen Elsa might get a romance in the new film. Her sister, Princess Anna, had a love story in the first one, and Disney loves a good love story.
And I think Elsa should get a girlfriend.
Now, I’m not the first or only person to suggest Elsa should be a lesbian — or really anywhere on the LGBT spectrum. This isn’t some bold new suggestion I’m making. This is just a thought I had recently and feel strongly about, and that’s pretty much the single hurdle something must clear to be worth a post on my blog.
I want to live in a world where Elsa can be gay.
I want to live in a world where Disney, the most powerful entertainment company in the world, working on their most anticipated movie in decades, takes a stand and makes same-sex relationships totally normal. I want them to look square in the eyes of everybody out there who would decry such a move and tell them to get over it. I want Disney to willfully and gladly suffer whatever financial pitfall might happen.
Frozen 2 could be just the cash grab sequel we all expect it to be. Or it could be one of the most important films of the 21st century. Disney has that kind of clout. I want to see them use it.
Plus it would be super cute for Elsa, which is also important.
My favorite Pixar movie is The Incredibles, for reasons that should be obvious if you’re reading my blog. So of course I was excited to see the first teaser trailer for Incredibles 2! Which is definitely happening!
And if that wasn’t enough Incredibles for you to love, how about the How Incredibles Should Have Ended video? At least these parody videos are still pure and unburdened by controversy and horribleness!
This one was kind of garbage though. Quality initial joke, for how the movie should have ended. But then it falls back on some Batman/Superman cafe thing with Elastigirl that I just don’t get or remember. I dunno. I’m probably in the minority here, but I just don’t think cutting to these Batman/Superman cafe scenes are as funny or witty as the creators think. Especially when it’s implied that, like, Superman slept with Mr. Incredibles’ wife? That’s just disrespectful.
Question for the group: have we passed the point where original Pixar movies are guaranteed to be amazing? I enjoyed Inside Out, sure, but I don’t think it holds a candle to stuff like The Incredibles, Wall-E or any of the Toy Storys. Whereas stuff like Brave and The Good Dinosaur (which I still haven’t seen) disappoint. So when we see the trailer for Coco…are we guaranteed an amazing movie?
It looks amazing, sure! I’ll gladly grant it that. But when we’ve got stuff like Wreck-It Ralph and Moana coming out of Disney, and Kubo and the Two Strings (spoiler alert: he had three strings) from Laika, are we really just going to roll over and let Pixar stay at the top of the hill? I suppose we’ll see when Coco comes out later this year.
The new DuckTales reboot cartoon is all the rage. Woo-hoo! I was a huge fan as a kid, and I watched the first episode of the new reboot and quite enjoyed it. The show is fun all on its own, but it’s also clearly made with the sensibilities of a modern cartoon show. There are Easter Eggs galore and a real effort has clearly been made to create a larger, deeper mythology. All the good cartoons these days have a deep mythology.
If you haven’t seen the opening pair of episodes yet, you can check them out right now! Trust me, it’s a good show.
Now that we’re all on the same level, I hope you caught all the great Easter Eggs the first few episodes dropped. I won’t spoil them until after the jump, but I think this new series has the makings to launch a larger Disney Expanded Universe, and I’m all in favor of that!
Join me after the jump to see what I mean!