Famed Disney maestro, John Musker, the visionary responsible for timeless classics like “The Little Mermaid” and “Moana,” has taken a bold stand against Disney’s misguided plunge into the murky waters of wokeness. In an exclusive interview with “El Pais,” Musker didn’t mince words as he criticized Disney’s baffling shift towards prioritizing woke politics over the very essence of what makes a movie truly captivating – a compelling storyline and unforgettable characters.

The timing of Musker’s critique couldn’t be more opportune, with many attributing Disney’s recent lackluster performance at the box office to its overtly political messaging and tussle with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The repercussions were evident in 2023 when a staggering seven out of eight major releases failed to resonate with audiences, spelling financial trouble for the entertainment giant.

In a candid moment, Musker reflected on Disney’s movie “The Princess and the Frog,” a tale set in the mystical Bayou with a predominantly African-American cast. Despite the outward appearance of wokeness, Musker adamantly stated, “We weren’t trying to be woke, although I understand the criticism.” This, in essence, underscores Musker’s belief that a movie’s social commentary should never overshadow its core entertainment value.

Drawing a sharp comparison between the narrative sensibilities of contemporary Disney films and those of its golden era, Musker emphasized the paramount importance of prioritizing quality storytelling above all else. He remarked, “The classic Disney films didn’t start out trying to have a message. They wanted you to get involved in the characters and the story and the world, and I think that’s still the heart of it.”

As for the path to redemption for Disney, Musker called for a recalibration in the studio’s approach, vehemently advocating for a narrative where entertainment value, engrossing characters, and a compelling storyline take precedence over any political agendas. His words ring true as he highlighted Disney’s misguided remake of “The Little Mermaid,” faulting the studio for failing to honor the heart-wrenching father-daughter dynamic that was central to the beloved animated version.

In a scathing indictment of misguided decisions, Musker pointed out the industry’s penchant for risk aversion and repeating past successes, rather than embarking on innovative storytelling journeys. His poignant observations are just a glimpse of the rising chorus of dissent against Disney’s encroachment of woke ideologies into creative spaces.

Joining the chorus of skeptics is conservative stalwart Megyn Kelly, whose Sirius XM show resonated with audiences as she lambasted Disney for its woke missteps. The response to Disney’s cultural drift has been resoundingly critical, underscoring a growing sentiment that favoring political correctness over authentic storytelling spells doom for an industry built on enchantment and imagination.

In a world craving genuine artistic resonance and imaginative escape, the clash between Disney’s political aspirations and creative integrity stands as a cautionary tale. As Musker aptly puts it, the time for a course correction at Disney is not just advisable – it is absolutely imperative.