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The Boyz at Disney strike again...

...not the creative folks, but rather the marketing and copyright violators department.

If you haven't seen the ads, there's a new Disney film coming out called "Eight Below." Now, I don't mind Disney doing another live action film, but in this case they've made a movie 'based on a true story.' If you don't mind renaming all the folks who were involved from Japanese names to American names, move it out of the era in which the event occurred (1957) and make it nice and 'cute' for American audiences.

In other words, Disney didn't make a movie based on a true story, they altered the storyline until you couldn't tell that it was true to start. Yes, there was an Antartic expedition, yes, the researchers left the dogs behind, and yes, they went back to find them. But Disney erased the details and filled it in with their usual bland brand of 'let's make it exciting and humorous.'

They haven't even properly credited the source, either. Instead of it reading "Stolen from the film Nankyoku Monogatari" it reads "Suggested by the film Nankyoku Monogatari". If that isn't blatant false advertising, I don't know what is. Then again, now that Pixar has bought out Disney (yes, I know it's the other way around, but the lunatics have invaded the starched-collars) maybe they'll be more honest in admitting where the source material comes from.

Besides, there is absolutely no way Disney could top the soundtrack for the Japanese movie.


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Feb. 8th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Did you see the trailers for this year's Disney knock off of Madagasgar?
Feb. 18th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
You've persuaded me not to see "eight Below" but to try to get ahold of Nankyoku Monogatari. I hope it's subtitled.
"Based on a true story" apparently means "Name and race have been changed to protect the investors." Disney assumes Americans are Caucasian, and will only hit the box office for a story about the bond between Caucasians and their dogs.
Give us the straight story; let the audience stretch our minds around it. Or remake the Iditerod with Caucasian, Native, and Inuit actors.
Feb. 18th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Racism
That may be more accurate than you realize. The average American might not be able to wrap his mind around a movie set in 1957-58 during the International Geophysical Year involving a group of Japanese researchers, but set it in modern day with American researchers and American accents, and the audience will likely go to it in droves, and come out believing that what Disney showed was the truth.

"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the future controls the present."
May. 13th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
You are not reading....
Just saw the movie, decided to look for the real story, found your site...You keep saying that Disney is advertising that Eight Below is "based on a true story"....What it actually says is..."Inspired by a true story". Big difference!
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