..............yeah. Ugh. This inspires language that I can't use here.
"By the time they're 5 or 6, they're not interested in being princesses," said Dafna Lemish, chairwoman of the radio and TV department at Southern Illinois University and an expert in the role of media in children's lives. "They're interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values."
Given a choice between marketing to everyone or marketing to THAT, I'll take everyone in a second.
I think the animated musical will make a comeback sometime. Just not right now apparently. The bottom line is that if The Princess & The Frog, which was a great film, had performed, we'd be getting more. It didn't. So while I'm mad, it's not like I can exactly blame Disney for the shift.
If the movies they put out instead suck, on the other hand, then I'll be bitter. My big fear is that they won't try to put out "event" movies and try to be just good enough.
I would suggest that it's not the medium, but the quality of perception and expression, that determines the significance of art. But what would a cartoonist know? -Bill Watterson