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Modern Mouse Radio #107: Disney and the LGBT Community

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Josh is joined by friend Peter Armado to discuss Disney’s ongoing relationship with the LGBT community. From Disney’s involvement in Georgia politics to a possible gay Star Wars character. They strive to cover everything Disney has done for the community or has yet to do and what the LGBT’s relationship is like with Disney in the 21st Century.

Be sure to check out Peter’s YouTube page as well as hit him up on Twitter!

 

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Modern Mouse News: Daredevils and Storymakers

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Stories Discussed This Week
Daredevil Season 2 is Here
New Mobile Game “Magic Kingdoms”
Descendants Sequel and Music Video
Indiana Jones 5 Announced
Joy and Sadness Meet at Epcot
Zootopia Characters in the Parks
Star Wars at SXSW
Storymaker comes to Walt Disney World


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Modern Mouse News: Zootopias and Moving Superheroes

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Stories Discussed This Week
Superhero Headquarters Closing?
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Opens
Disney’s Season Price Changes
Animal Kingdom’s Nighttime Lineup
30 New Mall Shops at Disney Springs
Disney Cruise Line Adding Ships
Big Hero 6 Coming Television Series
Zootopia’s Adult Message Strikes Hard


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Disney Tackles Fearmongering and Politics with Zootopia

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This article will be spoiler free. You are safe to read it if you haven’t seen the film yet! I can’t say the same for comments! You’ve been warned!

It’s an election year in the United States and nothing has been talked about more than the imminent threat of terrorism, loss of freedoms, or the right to be an individual. No matter what your politics are, you simply can’t argue that the post 9/11 world isn’t based in fear. Turn on any news channel and you’ll see reasons why you should hide under your bed and never leave. Politicians have used this tactic to gain the advantage in the race toward the 2016 election. Building walls, bombing possible threats, and dividing people based on their race and religious views. Then I went to the movie theater to see Disney’s latest film, Zootopia.

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Zootopia is based on several species of animals living harmoniously in one city however this city is divided into subsections and we slowly unravel that not all is as happy as could be in the city. Without ruining plot points, I can say I was floored with this film’s appeal with cute animals telling it’s audience that we see each other as different, but instead of pointing out the unique positive qualities we are lead to fear each other for our differences. The film is both delightful and eye opening. As a child, you probably wouldn’t pick up on the politics of the film, but I couldn’t help but have flashbacks of political rallies and debates as an adult viewing it.

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Disney’s 3rd coming (since Tangled) has given us a different spin on gender roles, stereotypes, and non-romantic love. Zootopia gives us those things as well, but because this film doesn’t follow a fairytale and is a modern story, it can divulge into current and possible future troubles. We could look at most of this movie as symbolism for the world we live in. Disney does give us humor and satire, but the majority of this buddy cop story brings a serious agenda to the table. I never thought I’d see it in a Disney film, but I can believe it. Disney’s sister company Pixar did give us Wall-E, a statement on humans ruining the earth and the ever increasing trouble with obesity and technology. It shouldn’t have been so shocking, but I’ll be interested to see the publics view of the film as seats are filled at theaters. Kids will love the cute animals, the jokes, and the action, but will adults love the message Zootopia is trying to get across?

It’s difficult to hold a mirror up to the worst parts of our culture, but let’s face it, we’ve lived in fear for far too long. It’s time to take back our world, to believe that not everyone is out to get us, and that we can all live happily in some sort of Zootopia!

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Zootopia Easter Eggs and Secrets

Keith was able to see an early screening of Zootopia and he thought he might share a few easter eggs from the film without spoiling anything for filmgoers.

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Modern Mouse News: Stage Shows and T Parties

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Stories Discussed This Week
Jungle Book Superbowl Trailer
Civil War Superbowl Trailer
Star Wars and Guardians 2 Begin Production
DCA Food and Wine Fest
New Stage Show at Magic Kingdom
Goodbye Again Mad T Party
Midway Mania at Hollywood Studios


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Zootopia Tsum Tsums

Zootopia is Disney Animation’s newest film coming out in March 2016. Part of any new release from Disney animation is marketing and merchandise, so of course Keith bought into some pretty great tsum tsums. He also breaks down each character in the tsum tsum set and makes a guess at which of these characters might be the villain of the movie.

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Modern Mouse News: New Parks and Earful Towers

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Stories Discussed This Week
Kylo Ren Replaces Darth Vader
Coca-Cola coming to Disney Springs
More Closures at Hollywood Studios
Shanghai Disneyland’s Official Opening
Star Wars/Pirates Switch Release Dates
Fan Made Star Wars Short Film – “Kara”
Shakira’s Zootopia Song
ABC Family to Free Form


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Modern Mouse News: Frozen Ever After and Keith’s Last Show

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Stories Discussed This Week
Tangled TV Show
Teaser for The Good Dinosaur
Sister Act Remake?
Zootopia Details
NBA Experience to Disney Springs
Jay Rasulo Steps Down
Frozen Ever After
D23’s Silly Symphony Concert
D23’s Broadway Stars Perform
PBS and Walt Disney

 

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