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Disney announces 'Jungle Book,' 'Maleficent,' 'Mary Poppins' sequels

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Sorry Walter, your dream has turned into a greedy sequel nightmare.

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Sequel nightmare and spin-ogfs are a blight of the movie industry. Disney is good at that just look at Star Wars looks like they want to make a separate movie for every main-character.

Look at Avatar 4 sequels been announced but when is the 1st bring released?

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it would be nice to see Disney come up with something new and original for a change... sorry, forgot - its far easier to milk past hits and other cultures stories than actually being creative nowadays.....

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I said 'they want', Han Solo been announced and why should they stop there?

Disney tends to milk all their franchises as much as they can do to sell merchandise.

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People don't go to new and original movies; that's why sequels/remakes keep getting made.

When's the last time ya guys went to see a new and original movie? Exactly

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The O'Jay's said it best:

Money Money Money......Money!

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Tim Burton - Dumbo? This could be good.

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Disney's Tomorowland shook some things up.it played a different hand and did it well, and was also a feast for the eyes. Hopefully people will see it on big home screens. It had a smart script and took some chances. Sequels...well, I suppose it's more like episodes now. One Game of Thrones leads to another. But fortunately, there is only a glut if we experience it. We have to go. The first couple of Pirates films were high quality films. Very unusual writing in them too. Very unusual. So, sip your Disney wines carefully, and then remember to see films by Tommy Lee Jones, John Torturro, David Cronenberg, and Don Cheadle. You'll be ok. You'll be Miles Ahead.

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Mary Poppins the sequel could be brilliant. Repressed kids all grown up and weird. and aged dick van Dyke? Some kind of Inspector Gadget umbrella?

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@lostrune2

People don't go to new and original movies; that's why sequels/remakes keep getting made.

Not quite. Hollywood lost its creative edge years ago as the execs and the accountants took over and few, if any, have the balls to back an original concept these days because they know that not every original idea will appeal to the sort of audiences they want, so they play it safe. They go with a proven franchise and run it into the ground.

A good example was Police Academy which ran to seven movies and a TV series. Consider the success generated by the first film, then consider what happened with each successive release.

Disney has long been a part of this problem given the number of film and direct-to-video sequels, reboots and spin-offs they have released over the years, some of which were successful but more have been reviled by the public. Their involvement with Pixar injected a fresh dose of creativity but even there the rodent has still tried to milk it with sequels and prequels galore, not because viewers necessarily want to see them but certainly because the risk involved is nowhere near as great as in putting out something completely new.

The mouse, like so much of Hollywood these days, is all about selling product rather than creating original art.

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Wow. so much hate on Disney! Don't like it? Don't go see the movies. Since when has it been a bad thing to try and make money? And lets just ignore all the original films they have produced in the last few years and claim they need to "come up with something original and new for a change". Lets also ignore all the amazing charity work Disney do, that most of you clearly know nothing about.

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Just more evidence that Hollywood has run out of ideas. It can only produce more of the same.

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@NathalieB

Yes, so much hate on Disney, but for a reason. Like so much of the movie industry it is failing to innovate. The closest they have come in recent years would be titles like Frozen or Tangled which I applaud but the numbers of such shows are swamped by reboots, sequels, prequels and re-imaginings of titles that were great in and of themselves but in so many cases these follow-ups are shallow, meaningless drivel using the name of that original to get bums on seats. People are only going to get fooled that way so many times before the hatred becomes obvious.

"Don't like it? Don't go see the movies." I hear that argument so many times and while it seems like an obvious one to make, the trouble is that we won't know exactly how bad something is until we have actually seen it. Of course once we know that the rodent is taking us for sheeple then yes, we will avoid it. If enough of us avoid it then they will need to address the problem or go out of business. Simples!

As for the charity work, what has that got to do with the subject at hand? They do charity? Whoopee! However you will find that charity work is normally done either for the people that need it done, which is laudable, or is done to elevate a person's or company's profile, which is less laudable and, in some cases I've seen such as Jimmy Savile, totally despicable. Whatever the case, it has little if anything to do with what people think of the output from the Mouse.

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"Don't like it? Don't go see the movies." I hear that argument so many times and while it seems like an obvious one to make, the trouble is that we won't know exactly how bad something is until we have actually seen it. Of course once we know that the rodent is taking us for sheeple then yes, we will avoid it. If enough of us avoid it then they will need to address the problem or go out of business. Simples!

Well, the fact that you hate sequels and the movie is a sequel is a pretty good heads up that you won't like it. But in any case, you seem to be the minority - as Disney's bottom line and box office success just last weekend will attest. Don't see very many people joining your cause to boycott Disney as yet.

The reference to the good work Disney does is in response to comments suggesting they are just all about the money. Of course they are - they are a business! But they also employ a lot of people and do a lot of community work outside their offices.

There are plenty of innovative films from small art house production companies you can go see, especially in Japan. I would hardly describe the whole industry as failing to innovate. Quit whining about Disney and let the rest of us enjoy their movies while you go huddle in flea pits and consider yourself a connoisseur.

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@NathalieB Reading this makes me assume that your only yardstick where success is concerned is the bottom line. Pandering to the lowest common denominator is certainly a surefire way to a healthy bank balance, at least in the short term, but without actual creativity this cannot be sustained. If I'm a minority in this case, consider that I'm hardly the only person to argue that Disney and others spend far too much time, effort and that oh-so-important commodity that you prize so much, money, pushing short term goals that turn minorities like this into majorities.

Yes, they are a business, but a business that focuses too heavily on short term goals soon go out of business - there are any number of cases out there, especially in the media business.

I certainly agree that smaller companies do produce some fine productions and I have seen quite a few but they don't force themselves down my throat in the way that Disney, Sony, Universal and others continue to do and with nothing to offer but regurgitated product I have little love for any of them. I'm not stopping you from enjoying it if you really enjoy that sort of thing but I'm not going to sit idly by and let them continue down this road without a word of protest, connoisseur or not.

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I don't have a problem with sequels but I also believe you can keep doing them and ended up messing it up! For example like the Terminator franchise the first was great but the second was just as good. But after the two it started to go down hill. Toy story is another fav of mine from Disney. I grew up watching the first and that was a something special!Then two came along the story line was descent but not like the first I have not seen the third, but since that did incredibly well I can see why a forth is being made (which I'm not a fan of) but like any other movie it's about the plot!

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