91 - Mulan: Disney Premier Access to Hell with Androids and Assets
Live-action Disney adaptations of their animated fare have become a staple of the modern movie-going experience, and in COVID World we're not going to the theatre. Whatever will the Disney Company do?
With Disney+ Premier Access (available for a $34.99 CAN fee on top of your subscription) you can have the privilege of seeing Mulan (2020) before it becomes widely accessible to Disney+ subscribers. Black Widow will be released in the same fashion. This is the world we live in.
This episode is an exploration of the economics of the premium VOD model Disney is attempting to pioneer, the movie distribution landscape in COVID, the revamped feminism and image Disney wants to project, the boycott and film's relationship to Honk Kong and China, and the grand consumer behaviour experiment that Disney has made us participants in.
Evan is joined by Marshall and Steven from the Androids and Assets Podcast, a show on the political economy of speculative fiction. Listen now and own it "forever" until this episode is sealed away in the Disney vault.
Here is where you can read Musings on Mouse, Julia Alexander's Disney Substack.
Marshall: The Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Steven:  Invisible Kingdom by G. Willow WiIson and Christian Ward  ALAB Podcast
Evan: The Guest, dir. Adam Wingard (2014)