Disney Won’t Let it Go

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Nikita Gounder, Staff Writer

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   Sequels have long become a staple in the movie industry. From five Transformers movies to four Pirates of the Caribbean, sequels have continuously brought families to the movies and kept the industry moving forward. Even if they aren’t the most original works of art, when a continuation of a fan-favorite appears, everyone and their grandmas are going to go and watch it—especially when they’re Disney sequels. 

     Disney is extremely terrifying in that they are the biggest monopoly in their niche of the media industry. Mulan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and any other movie in the Disney Princess franchise is guilty of what many are referring to as digging up graves for profit. Producers make sequels knowing that the hype from the first movie would carry over and bring moviegoers in for a second part. When it’s a choice between guaranteed revenue or an uncertain hit, most producers end up making sequels for easy revenue and fame. In recent times this has been a recurring theme with all the new live action movies, remakes, and sequels.

   Frozen II is a prime example. The plot was interesting, the characters were a nice mix of personalities, and the songs were catchy and fun to sing along with. Instead of being disappointed, I was pleasantly surprised until I realized I had fallen into the same trap every Disney movie sequel contains. 

   While the plot itself was engrossing, when you stop to think about it, it came out of nowhere. Even though the plot was set to have taken place three years after the first movie, they had to go back in time to when Elsa and Anna were kids to conjure up a plot for the new movie. Why? Because producers did not prepare for a sequel but when they saw how much the first Frozen  made, they realized the profits would be massive. I will be the first to admit that the playlist was epic. And even though I was impressed by the quality and animation, I couldn’t help but be sad about how these huge corporations loved to to benefit off of little innocent kids who just wanted to watch a fun movie.

   What happened to creativity, fresh ideas, and a passion for the arts? Life-less, leeching sequels, made to make money and waste time was never the purpose of moviemaking.