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Disney’s everlasting expansionWill they take over?
Written by Matthew Choi | Published. 2018.01.08 17:11 | Count : 497

Ever since the expansion of Disney in the 1990s, Disney has been regarded as a mega-corporation, even without their huge appeal with movies. The amusement parks provided them with more than enough profit. However, after Disney acquired Pixar, things started to change.

I, as a matter in fact, have been living my entire life surrounded by Disney, from my first Cars movie to the recent Star Wars series such as the Last Jedi. The change might be unnoticable, but what matters is that Disney has been growing while the public has been enjoying their products. In fact, Disney might even be the largest movie company as of now, due to how they have absorbed Pixar, Lucasfilms, Marvel and recently, 20th Century Fox.

The addition of 20th Century Fox to Disney has been creating controversies amongst the public, attributable to how it seemed like an disbalance of power in the movie industry, due to how Marvel and Pixar alone are extremely successful movie companies. As a matter of act, The MCU(Marvel Cinematic Universe) is the single most money-earning movie franchise of all time; Pixar is the most dominant in the animated movie industry; Lucasfilms is the founder of the Star Wars saga. The addition of 20th Century Fox will create more Disney oriented movies in the industry. According to Wikipedia, out of the top ten movies of 2017 based on profit, four of them were either Disney movies, or were made from companies part of Disney. In 2016, six of the top ten movies were oriented with Disney.  

Picture of myself at the Disney World, Orlando, FL
Also, it is shown that most of the movies affiliated with Disney (excluding Warner Bros) have higher “ratings” than those from other companies. For example, none of Pixar’s films have gone below a 70 percent rating in Rotten Tomatoes, a site for critiquing movies. Movies part of the MCU have never gone below 70 percent either (excluding Thor Dark World and the Incredible Hulk) whereas other movies such as ‘The Mummy” by Universal Studios has rating below 20 percent, along with Warner Bros creating less movies in general after the end of the Harry Potter series. It is also uncertain whether the successful Despicable Me saga will continue or not.
Now with the incoming blockbuster movies Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Black Panther, The Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Deadpool 2, and more, it seems like a prosperous time for Disney, and its neverending expansion. However, there are some concerns that I have regarding the balance in the movie industry. If Disney continues the same path of mega-success, then eventually, Disney will consume their competitors and eventually dominate the movie industry on a larger scale than they are now.
Ever since my visit to Disney World, I always thought, “Wow, this place is huge!” Like Disney World, Disney itself always seems to be ever expanding, always thinking of new ways of growing, even if it means acquiring other corporations. My concerns for Disney are quite ambiguous as of now, but it will be a ponderous day when Disney takes over the entire movie industry. As concerning as it is, the takeover could also be beneficial for the movies in general. The MCU, can expand their universe with their X-men saga, along with the addition of other movies.  The new available combinations of the 20th Century Fox movies to those of Disney are unfathomable, yet who knows what this development would lead to? Either way, the takeover of 20th Century Fox by Disney is a significant change in the movie industry, and can possibly even lead to a new era of movies.


Matthew Choi
Asia Pacific International School

Matthew Choi  student_reporter@dherald.com

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