Articles tagged: Disney

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A lion, a sea witch, and their flashy wardrobes: A wicked history of Hollywood’s queer-coded villains

Hollywood’s use of queerness almost exclusively in its villains—as deviations from the norm—has become a lazy and problematic cop-out.

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Strange World: the most realistic Disney animation you’ve never heard of

The eerie silence surrounding the release of Disney’s latest animated film Strange World (2022) underscores the studio’s hesitancy to publicly support diverse representation in children’s media. Starkly contrasting the overwhelming... Read more

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The two-episode premiere of The Santa Clauses puts the series on thin ice

The show picks up almost thirty years into Calvin’s tenure, as he begins to periodically lose his Christmas magic.


Disney’s Encanto (2021) is a nuanced but incomplete take on family

We need to talk about Encanto (2021). Or, so says everyone on Twitter the last few weeks. Disney’s new animated film Encanto is a creative sensation that examines the complexities... Read more

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Review: Muppets Haunted Mansion Special

Since the Muppets premiered in the late 1970s, the musical ensemble has become a timeless pop culture phenomenon that has continually released a slew of holiday specials that enabled them... Read more

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The Weekly List: Top 10 Disney Channel shows from the 2000s

Picture this: you come home from elementary school at 3 p.m., grab a snack, plop down on the couch, and turn on Disney Channel. Immediately, you’re transported to the Waverly... Read more


The Mandalorian: Space Opera Meets Spaghetti Western

The latest trilogy of Star Wars movies has wrapped up on a divisive note, so it’s time for Disney to start looking for where to take the franchise next. Enter... Read more


Best of the Decade: Films

As the decade comes to a close, Halftime is celebrating by taking a look back at the best that the 2010s had to offer. Below you’ll find some of our... Read more


Trailer Takes: The Mandalorian, The Photograph, and Little Joe

The Mandalorian: Matthew: Woah woah woah! The trailer goes from stormtrooper helmets on spikes to talking about bounty hunters, one of which looks very similar to a stormtrooper. I... Read more

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D23 and the Dark Side of Disney’s Cultural Dominance

On the weekend of August 23, thousands of Disney fans and reporters flocked to Anaheim, California for D23, Disney’s biannual exposition of all the things it plans to do in... Read more

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Why Solo: A Star Wars Story Was Everything We Didn’t Need in 2018

Last May, Disney and Lucasfilm committed a crime against humanity that almost went overlooked. Seven months after the first (and last) time I watched it, Solo: A Star Wars Story... Read more

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Trailer Takes: Avengers: Endgame, Kim Possible, and Breakthrough

Avengers: Endgame Dajour: Hello Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)! Hello Ant-man (Paul Rudd)! It truly looks like Thanos (Josh Brolin) is out here living his best life now, frolicking in a... Read more


Carrying On: Nostalgia, Inc.

A few weeks ago, I came across some ’80s Russian pop-rock songs and was instantly transported back to my childhood. These were the songs that my parents played in the... Read more

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Big Hero 6 is a humongous success

In the midst of Marvel and DC duking it out over control of the superhero film, Disney has landed a serious blow to the genre with Big Hero 6. The... Read more

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The Empire Strikes Out: Star Wars loses Expanded Universe

What ever happened to artistry? It’s a legitimate societal concern given the omnipresence of 140-character Twitter screeds and Buzzfeed articles that pare life down to short, consumable, forgettable numbered lists.... Read more