Film Theory: Disney is FINALLY Dead, Here’s Why

Film Theory: Disney is FINALLY Dead, Here’s Why

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Disney is… DYING! That’s right, Loyal Theorist, the behemoth of the film entertainment industry is finally losing their way. But why? Is it because of Disney+? Bad stories? Or is it something else? Today we’re diving into the latest box office FAILS and seeing what we can glean about Disney’s future. Let’s find out if the company truly is in trouble…
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39 Responses

  1. The Film Theorists says:

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  2. Joseph Miner says:

    Can you imagine. What would actually happen if Disney managed to go bankrupt? If they had to sell their brands and companies, who would buy them and how would it work out?

    • Osros says:

      It would be so funny if George Lucas bought Star Wars back from Disney.

    • Extreme Wreck 2000 says:

      It’d be great for Dana Terrace to buy The Owl House related assets.

    • Richard Malone (Riki) says:

      There’s been a rumor that Apple wants to buy Disney for a few years now

      Edit to add: It might sound wrong, but Apple is a bigger company than Disney. By market cap, Apple is the largest company in the world (not by total assets). Think of all the people worldwide who have an Apple device in their pocket or on their person at all times. Apple also has knowledge of each person’s media habits in a way Disney does not. Apple knows exactly how many hours you watch any streaming service on one of their devices, and probably also knows what you’re watching too. Disney only knows how much Disney you watch. Big tech + big media would be an unstoppable juggernaut.

    • Ynna Veronica Cascara says:

      @Richard Malone (Riki) really?

    • BigWig 25 says:

      ​@AllMightyOsros It’d be funny if the value of the brand dropped so much that all the other big studios refuse to buy it.

  3. Omar Animations says:

    I kinda felt that Disney was having a problem, we all saw it coming so basically it isn’t a surprise, but when MatPat makes a theory about it, it makes me change my mind and just watch and figure out what he wants to tell us
    We love you MatPat

  4. Alyx says:

    The budget for Everything Everywhere All At Once was only $25M, yet it was an Oscar winning masterpiece. There wasn’t a crazy amount of CGI in that movie because a lot of the scenes were done with practical effects, which can make it feel more authentic and genuine.

    • Samantha Laurier says:

      I miss practical effects.

    • RoRo says:

      EEOAO is genuinely one of the most incredible movies I’ve ever seen. I still can’t believe all they were able to achieve with so little.

    • King Slushie101 says:

      Genuinely one of my top 10 movies to all times. Gives me hope for the future

    • Olli-lfe says:

      Good story is number one, always, then you figure out how to make it happen.

    • Lilo Whitney says:

      The “practical effects make it feel more authentic and genuine” thing is bullshit. You just need to look at a bunch of old movies at the height of the practical effects era to see it’s not true. It only seems this way because audiences literally never notice the good cgi (and sometimes studios outright lie about nit using cgi).

      The reason EEAAO managed so much on such a relatively small budget is because they were smart about it, picking the best tool for the job and tying some effects that would otherwise be pretty lame into the story and so elevating them (see: when a guy’s head blows up into a confetti. In isolation it’s a pretty lame effect. In the movie it’s awesome because it shows just how unhinged the character who makes it happen is.)

  5. Heroson says:

    I work at a movie theatre and I can say from experience and from more than just statistics, the movies that have a lower budget have always done better for business. Usually it’s because they are one offs, aren’t remakes, and usually aren’t part of a set franchise. Spiderverse and Ninja Turtles are two of the biggest things that are part of a franchise that actually did well, but it’s because one is a modern twist on a incredibly popular series and the other is a sequel to one of the most successful animated films of all time. I personally loved a lot of the recent non-franchise Disney movies, Elemental is one of my favorite movies of the year and Haunted Mansion was not only really funny but also a really heartfelt and sweet film. The way I see it Disney needs to focus most on creating new ideas, because although it’s more risky to not invest in a franchise but it’ll not only help them create new series but also to create new stories people actually want to see because it’s fresh.

    • Anonymousebean says:

      Spiderverse worked because they took a bunch of old things and made something new. Something Disney doesn’t understand; the rinse and repeat cookie cutter remakes have been making money for over a decade and they thought it would be that way forever 😂

  6. Italian spongebob says:

    Matpat a couple years back: portrays Mackey as some villain in his Disney videos

    Matpat now: explaining what Disney has to do to save their business

  7. Kristopher Tope says:

    It hadn’t occurred to me how uniquely qualified you are to critique their release schedule choices. Your team is clearly much better at this game than the largest media company Earth has ever seen, and that’s kind of weird!

  8. Annebel Lefevre says:

    I love how Mat is honest about having to run his business, while showing us the team is still passionate about the project and the community.

    • Dr. Meme Man says:

      I might argue that they’re being TOO honest.

      A lot of good stuff or advice here, but I can’t help but feel that he just revealed some of his own “trade secrets”.

    • DJ Shy says:

      @Dr. Meme ManI personally compare the “trade secrets” to VTubers: Yes, we know anime isn’t real and we know that these aren’t real people, they’re just putting on an act to make money. But that doesn’t matter and I don’t care. They make money and I get entertainment. Everybody wins and gets what they want.

    • Dr. Meme Man says:

      @DJ Shy no what I mean is that they’re called “trade secrets” for a reason.

      You keep them close to your chest; allowing you to stay ahead of the competition.

      If EVERYONE starts doing the trade secrets, then it’s no longer viable and you lose a ton of money and resources in the process

    • DJ Shy says:

      @Dr. Meme Man Considering the “trade secrets” in question, I legitimately can’t see how that’s possible, outside of other theory channels (which, who?) producing better quality content to compete with the same formula.

      And even then, we’re watching Game/Film Theory. I don’t think MatPat is in too much danger here.

    • JLopez says:

      @Dr.Meme-Man Not really. You do realize that Matpat is already a massive part in YouTube. He is pretty much secured there as long as he keeps up his work ethic. Besides the “secrets” that he is sharing are pretty well known, especially for those looking to make a career out of YT. Heck, I heard of a lot of “secrets” and I don’t even care to make a career out of YT.

  9. side-fish says:

    I actually want Zootopia 2. I just don’t know if I trust Disney to make it a good movie at the moment 😅

  10. Travis Plush Productions says:

    Something I realized lately is the problem with modern brands, especially Hollywood. Is it’s not about consistency anymore, it’s about growth. They don’t want a consistent year after year of profit each new year has to be BETTER than the last and that’s just not realistic, it’s finally catching up to them.

    • Jose Jaimes-Ramos says:

      Yup infinite growth on a finite planet.

    • La Crowned says:

      I was thinking about this too. I don’t really get the mindset of everything has to always be bigger and better. Upward mobility does have a ceiling even if you can’t see it, not to mention how a lot of the world is having issues regarding pay at work, cost of living, and normal expenses, how does it not click that wanting growth rather than consistency can be playing against them? They should be growing their customer loyalty and community rather than greed, as that usually has a healthy turn in the positive. As long as you did not loose money, to me, the year is a success.

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