Disney's business practices

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While Disney is a great company, their business practices are not so magical.

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney. While well known for making films that are great and have a huge legacy, things get darker inside compared to their business image.

Why Their Business Practices Suck

Note: This article only focuses on Disney's business decisions under Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, and Bob Chapek as they're actually a great company.

  1. The huge problem with them is that they don't allow creative freedom for movie directors in films like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This lead to the MCU not having much risk compared to other comic book films like Deadpool, its sequel and Joker.
  2. They also sometimes rush their films or try to cash in on other parts of their properties like Marvel; this is one of the reasons why the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy lacked sufficient planning.
  3. They enforce overly strict conditions upon theater owners for their films. For example, they demanded higher price cuts towards domestic ticket sales for their films.
  4. They also tried to extend the copyright law to the point that the copyright system ends up being broken. Various properties like Alice in Wonderland, Tarzan, and The Wizard of Oz belong to Disney despite being in the public domain where everyone can use them (and their original authors' family and estates).
  5. Just like Warner Bros, they support Amber Heard, which led to them being controversial with Johnny Depp's fans and defenders. They even fired Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, despite Depp being the reason why people love that franchise.
  6. SJW pandering and queerbaiting is really common in most modern Disney films these days.
    • They also made a big deal out of LGBT characters (LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (2017) and the police officer in Onward) on mainstream media when they're relatively minor characters, in most instances almost getting them in legal trouble. (i.e. Beauty and the Beast delayed by a week in Malaysia)
  7. During the 1990s and early 2000s, they made a lot of cheap and terrible direct-to-video animated sequels.
  8. They somehow still endlessly create many live-action remakes of animated classics instead of making something original (except 2015 Cinderella and 2016 The Jungle Book which are okay), which gets very tiresome and unnecessary, although it was somewhat justified due to their recent original live-action films such as John Carter flopping heavily in the box office.
  9. During the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the Mulan remake, they use Premier Access on their own streaming services, which to rent costs about $30 (or $35 in Canada/Australia) on top of the monthly subscription fee, which, for one film, is really overpriced, even with good results such as Raya and the Last Dragon. Despite having unlimited access, the film would be available for regular users to watch for free 3 months from the movies' original release date, meaning that they never owned it in the first place, meaning that such an action is an extremely twisted attempt to obtain more money from consumers' pockets. Not helping is that you can wait to buy a 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray bundle of the movies that received this treatment for the same price, or cheaper.
  10. They also support the Communist Party of China for monetary reasons, as they cannot bear the burden of losing the Chinese market, which is one of Disney's greatest sources of income, as they not only gave credit to two organizations involved in the infamous Xinjiang camp in the Mulan remake but also did not kick out Liu Yifei and Donnie Yen, both of whom support police brutality in Hong Kong.
    • When you think about it, this makes them hypocritical as they call out police brutality in the United States yet they are fine with police brutality in Hong Kong. Not to mention that James Gunn got fired for making a joke (even though he got reinstated) yet they keep Yifei and Donnie Yen for supporting human rights abuse.
      • They also reposted to Iain Duncan Smith, a politician and a former Leader of the Conservative Party, and Baroness Helena Kennedy, a barrister and member of the House of Lords, by making a claim that the United States and the United Kingdom did not give them a warning which shows Disney can't take criticism.[1]
  11. Disney had shut down 20th Century Studios' (formerly known as 20th Century Fox) animation company Blue Sky Studios to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic, laying off 450 employees and cancelling the upcoming animated adaptation of Nimona.
  12. The infamous Disney Vault.
    • The most notable example was Song of the South (despite truly having several offensive moments, such as the tar-baby scene and the setting being a ludicrous harmony where blacks are perpetually portrayed as inferior to whites but are content to work for them anyway) which they won't release on the US and Disney+, despite it having massive attention by many people, including Whoopi Goldberg, who want the movie to be released.
  13. They also shut down their Disney channels in certain countries to focus on Disney+.
  14. Following the aftermath of The Good Dinosaur bombing and losing money due to issues, Disney started to rush films into release even when they’re not ready, which is why films like Incredibles 2, and Frozen II ended up unfinished story-wise.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. These moves can be mostly blamed on Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, and Bob Chapek, as they're the ones who caused most of these practices in the first place.
  2. Though not related to the movie industry, they took down Club Penguin Online, an infamous Club Penguin private server (CPPS) whose owner (Riley) is nothing more than a fraud after the allegations went viral months before.
  3. They are willing to forgive someone who has committed a mistake, unlike other companies who terminate people and are not willing to forgive them, as shown when they fired James Gunn for posting gross jokes on his Twitter back in the early 2010s but forgave him and ultimately reinstated him back so he could continue working on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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LA2002

one month ago
Score 7
I still respect Disney as a company, but I've gotta admit: they should improve their business.
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 6
I think Disney's basically the Nintendo of movies (and TV shows, too); they're a great company, but most of their business practices are unethical.
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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 2
I think Nickelodeon is more Nintendo.
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 1
How so?
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CrusaderPrime

one month ago
Score 3
Disney the Nintendo of films, Nickelodeon the Nintendo of TV.
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Blader07

one month ago
Score 2
@CrusaderPrime Disney is the EA of Films (due to being a greedy companies and shut down companies) and Fox and Nickelodeon are equivalent to Activision Blizzard, because both milks his franchises
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
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How is Nickelodean more like Nintendo than Disney is, though?
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LA2002

one month ago
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You better just stop this nonsensical arguing. Disney's business oractices might be poor, but comparing them to EA is definitely going a bit too far. They're more like Nintendo in regards of this (they're a great company, but they've got poor business practices, like said before).
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SuperStreetKombat

26 days ago
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Guess I was right.
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KokoNigel

one month ago
Score 0
Since their first few years of post-Disney films flopped or didn't earn a lot of money (except for Ford v Ferrari)
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 6
They had to rename it. It's no longer owned by Fox.
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 4

Looking at those comments (except Trevor807) -

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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 3
Ok, sockpuppet of Red hair.
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 4

Wait, ARE YOU RED HAIR??? (Not you Dunkman, I was talking to Eric.)

Tell me now, if you are, then you're going to be blocked.
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Eric Bagwell

one month ago
Score -2
Disney MUST SELL 21st Century Fox to Fox Corporation!
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 4
Why would they consider it? While I hate how Disney has treated Lucasfilm, even I agree they'd never think of selling that.
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Blader07

one month ago
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@Eric Bagwell Sorry, but no! Disney already Fox, so isn't gonna happens.
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 6
You're started me to think about blocking you for being over dramatic about FOX, Eric, and you're acting like Red Hair.
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LancedSoul

one month ago
Score 4
Disney ruined Fox has nothing to do.
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The Dunkman

24 days ago
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Will you shut up, man?
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Eric Bagwell

one month ago
Score -2
Is Disney/FOX Merger GOOD?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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CrusaderPrime

one month ago
Score 5

@Eric Bagwell You started to sound like a Nostalgiafreak on the Internet. Like if your not happy with it fine but Fox was being brought by Disney due to losing money.

As for Blue Sky being close down it's blamed on the pandemic not Disney itself.
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Marxo Grouch

one month ago
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@CrusaderPrime Agreed. @Eric Bagwell Instead of wasting your time endlessly chanting about how much you hate the merger like that Red hair guy (to be completely honest, judging by this ranting combined with what I’ve seen of your writing and editing style, I’m really suspecting you and Red hair of being one and the same), I suggest you calm down, acknowledge that there was a good reason it happened (21st Century Fox losing money), and move on.
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LA2002

one month ago
Score 3
Keep that mouth shut, you nostalgia-freak. Your rabid behavior is immature and uncalled for.
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At Home with Kaiping

27 days ago
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Wow, this I never knew about.
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HcB3000

24 days ago
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They're also infamous for rushing some of their movies. For example; Incredibles 2 had A WHOLE YEAR of development time taken since it was released in Toy Story 4's place, since the ladder was delayed for story issues. In short, Incredibles 2 was rushed, leading to a messy plot (even for Pixar standards), inconsistencies with the first movie, several unclever uses of Disney tropes and cliches (even starting the trope of introducing a character like he/she will be important, but said character never really gets used for anything), and overall a shallow feel.
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CrusaderPrime

22 days ago
Score 1
I will added that right now.

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