DISNEY OWNS EVERYTHING? - Movie Podcast

Filmhaus Podcast: DISNEY OWNS EVERYTHING? - Movie Podcast

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This week we pay tribute you everybody's favorite infallible corporate overlords and discuss: 2:35 - The recent controversy of Disney blocking certain journalists from screenings. 10:10 - Disney's side of the story. 13:40 - The response from the rest of Hollywood and the press. 16:00 - Do corporations have a responsibility to be "good"? 30:15 - Funhaus Presents BudHaus: Best Buds Bud Watch Episode 5: Air Bud Spikes Back.

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  • Silversoma FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Digital Artist, Animator

    6 days ago

    When Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse and he surged in popularity, there were a lot of knock off Mickey Mouse cartoons that were being produced. Because this was early in animation history and presentation many people accepted these knock off cartoons as official Mickey cartoons. This was a huge problem considering some of them depicted Mickey Mouse as a huge asshole who abused Minnie and his friends, as well as other non-disney friendly behaviors. Mickey actually went to court to protect his identity and ensure these knock offs wouldn't be marketed... just one of the earliest examples of why Disney takes their identity so seriously.

  • chelsea_might FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I swear I'll put a TL;DR on this at the end - it gets complicated.


    I touch on situations like this in my career as a public relations professional. Albeit on a much smaller scale than Disney, I have (through the agencies I've worked for) represented entertainment destinations with complex relationships with the cities they call home. In situations like this, what I often see from clients is an emotional reaction. Say the journalist is someone we work with often and have built a relationship of trust with. After all, that's my job: To build relationships with the media on behalf of my clients. It's easy to think these relationships are often one-and-done. A journalist emails a PR person for a comment, and the two parties never interact again. But more often than not, I work with the same journalists day in and day out, and consider many to be professional colleagues. Especially in regional publications, like the LA Times, where outlets are well established and reporters are often locally based and deeply engrained in their beat (as opposed to, say, an online outlet written mostly by freelancers). It's jarring when one of those members of the media turns out a piece you weren't expecting that raises questions about the company you represent - whether those questions are just or unjust.


    Alllllllllllll of that said, I'm proud I work for an agency that holds ethics in the highest regard, and always elects to give our clients the "tough" feedback when we feel it is right. We never advise clients to "blacklist" media for negative (and especially fair) coverage, ESPECIALLY when the journalist is someone we have built a positive relationship with. It's a natural reaction to feel betrayed by someone who you thought was, for lack of a better phrase, "on your team." And it's natural as a PR person to think the smartest way to control your message moving forward is to steer clear of journalists who have criticized you. But their job is to report the facts. And our job is to give them the facts, while still maintaining a consistent "voice" for our clients in the community. When it's a member of the media who you know has given you a fair shake in the past, it's more vital than ever to keep that relationship strong moving forward. It's straight up the wrong move to shut those people out. All it does is limit your ability to maintain your voice in those tough conversations playing out in the public.


    TL;DR: PR is a hard job with many  M A N Y  ethical gray areas, filled with occasionally self-righteous reporters and occasionally self-righteous business clients. But the first thing I learned in college was the role of the media in our society. I consider my job to be a facilitator of that role, not a hinderance.

  • APlasticCup FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    As someone who lives in Anahiem, I've never really given much thought as to how big of an impact Disney has on the local economy. Around here it isn't uncommon for someone's first job to be at disney land or downtown disney. I know at least a dozen people who currently work or have worked at disney land. The areas surrounding disney land ,in about a 2-3 mile radius, are seen as some of the best parts of Anahiem, while anything beyond that point quickly becomes run down apartments and strip malls as far as the eye can see. Disney has done things to try and "help" its neighbors, the one thing I can think of off the top of my head is that they renovated a park near my old high school. The thing is that the park had become a kind of rest place for homless, and since the renovation I haven't seen any around. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with the renovation but it was supious when one day it seemed as if all the homeless had up and left. It's opened my eyes to how much power and influence a company can have on a city that owes a major part of its econoic income to.

  • Dr_Wondertainment FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bring him home

    1 week ago

    "I think Disney is generally a progressive company, that tries their best to have diversity and family values" etc. 


    Sure, but you don't really believe that the end goal is progressiveness right? They do what makes money. Appealing to the maximum amount of people makes money. Sure, on an individual level I'm sure there are some genuinely good people. But thinking that the people at the top of the food chain are motivated by trying to make the world a better place is ridiculous. 

  • Caninse FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold MusicalGamer

    1 week ago

    So I had a thought: could "Air Bud: Spikes Back" be a reference to Spike being one of the generic dog names (also in reference to the name of the dog who played Old Yeller in the 1957 Disney movie), alongside Buddy as a generic dog name? That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the title in text form.

  • Justin-Thadick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I always thought that the sapience of the animals in Air Bud: Spike's Back was a direct response to the MVP films, which at the time caused a reformation in the way we interact with and visualize animals on screen.

  • TurnerBurn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Funnier in editing.

    1 week ago

    Here is my quarter-annual reminder that the microphone nearest the camera has a white speck on it that looks like a dead pixel. It's in almost every video with this set-up.

  • Pata1920 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    As a Disney employee you are brainwash af

    • Spot_a_Noonerism FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      "As a member of the organization that you are criticizing, which pays my salary, you are biased against us." - Captain Objective Opinion

  • tobes231 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    18:11 I wonder which company Adam is talking about there.....

  • GearsGuy1945 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Disney has been on a strange course of events.  Not only is the L.A. Times issue been big discussion, but when Disney made a public mandate to theaters to keep The Last Jedi in theaters' largest screens for 4 weeks straight AND give them a 65% cut, or suffer a 5% loss of revenue (just giving Disney 70% anyways), it really opened my eyes to Disney as a corporation and not a public image.


    I love them, and everything they make, but it's a scary thing to realize.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-lays-down-the-law-for-theaters-on-star-wars-the-last-jedi-1509528603

  • dubin1003 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Spoiler Alert

    1 week ago

    It feels a lot like Disney in the story, is similar to a really shitty, rich boyfriend/girlfriend. Just because you are giving someone money and things, doesn't mean you are doing the correct thing. Especially when money has so little value to you.

  • freshsoul FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Why didn't you guys review Ragnarok? I was hopping you did.

  • squidmonkey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    4:00 James and Lawrence are mirroring each other so well, they could probably fuse

  • Killer_B_413 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Adam should not be the host of "Budhaus: Best Buds Bud Watch." He does not have the passion needed and doesn't give the Best Buds enough time. #LetJamesHostBudhaus

  • dustoff2013 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    7:55 PAC stands for "political action committee", a non-profit entity that devotes money it raises for political causes e.g. funding pro/anti ads for a politician/law/etc.  James answered what a PAC was when Lawrence said he couldn't remember, but it was a little quiet so I though I'd clarify for those that hadn't already googled it.

    • estone17 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      oh i thought they said PAX im like why would disney sponsor that.

  • jdbrmc33 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    These movie podcasts were already great, and only getting better