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    Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Why do so many Disney things induce cringing?

    A recent case in point is this video, which I could barely watch:

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Which video? The coverage of the two media events or the Darth Vader?

    The first is harmless and the second is hilarious.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    I will say that I never understood the sugary music Disney seems to love and the campy acting. I also can't figure out all their dancers that look like they stepped out of 1992 with bright yellow shirts. Everyone looks like they walked out of The Mac from Save By The Bell.

    It doesn't make me cringe, but it's certainly an element of Disney that makes me say "what the hell is this?"

    EDIT - Clearly, this is a personal preference issue.
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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    • Overly-broad stage acting
    • Cheesy stunt work
    • Plastic light sabers
    • An executive in golf clothes who thinks he's on a conference call with mutual-fund managers
    • Undignified costumes
    • No sense of tone
    • No real understanding of theatre-in-the-round
    • Actresses inappropriately reprising roles out of costume
    • A Guest Relations host with both a forced smile and a insufferable reading of a faux-juvenile script


    It's all objectively bad. .... really, really bad.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    Plastic light sabers
    Yeah, I'm sure they could've just gotten real lightsabers for this live ceremony.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    • Overly-broad stage acting
    • Cheesy stunt work
    • Plastic light sabers
    • An executive in golf clothes who thinks he's on a conference call with mutual-fund managers
    • Undignified costumes
    • No sense of tone
    • No real understanding of theatre-in-the-round
    • Actresses inappropriately reprising roles out of costume
    • A Guest Relations host with both a forced smile and a insufferable reading of a faux-juvenile script

    You forgot Embarrassingly Self-Conscious.

    For what is arguably the world's most famous entertainment company -- with enormous resources, deep pockets and a heritage approaching a century -- you'd think Disney would regularly stage stuff orders of magnitude better than this without breaking a sweat.

    It's that sense of always looking over their shoulders, combined with a certain corporate disingenuousness, that hangs like a veil between their staged events and their audience.
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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    "cringing" implies that you are negatively judging some aspect of Disney. Why would you do that?

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Prag, I'm with you 100% on this one. Wow, that doesn't happen often. Harmless as it was, it did not typify the type of quality I expect from ALL things Disney. Even the WDW felt forced and canned as well.

    Long pauses between people talking is one thing in all of these presentations that gets to me. I've done some theater in my days and a number of issues stand out to me, and they are nothing to do with "professional actors" or not. The scripting is just bad.

    I don't mind the executive in the casual clothes so much though. There's been a change in the executive world since the Eisner days. Now it's ok to do casual, then it was frowned upon.

    Mainly it's the long delays and over-acting that really irk me with these things... but not to the point where I'll stop watching then. They're still fun despite the issues.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    You forgot Embarrassingly Self-Conscious.

    For what is arguably the world's most famous entertainment company -- with enormous resources, deep pockets and a heritage approaching a century -- you'd think Disney would regularly stage stuff orders of magnitude better than this without breaking a sweat.

    It's that sense of always looking over their shoulders, combined with a certain corporate disingenuousness, that hangs like a veil between their staged events and their audience.

    They have a hard task of pleasing everyone and offending no one. To avoid any kerfluffles they play it extremely safe, which I often find pedantic and cringe-worthy.

    However, my main complaint with their quality is not the parks or feature films, but the garbage on the Disney channel.

    I see your cringe-video. I raise you my own cringe video:

    YouTube - ‪Disney comercial - Zack and Cody Blueray introduction‬‏
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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    These things happen because they don't rehearse. Yes, they don't actually read what they wrote. It is thrown together and they expect instant magic to bail them out.

    They need to practice the shows and do it several times especially with their executives, which I think should not be there actually. The executives are not showmen like Walt. Why are they there? They need to figure out how to do the ride openings without them.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by leopardchucks View Post
    I see your cringe-video. I raise you my own cringe video:

    YouTube - ‪Disney comercial - Zack and Cody Blueray introduction‬‏
    AGGGHHHH!

    Run away! Run away! Run awayyyyy!


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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by goldenstate5 View Post
    Yeah, I'm sure they could've just gotten real lightsabers for this live ceremony.
    No, but they do have more realistic looking replicas like the Force FX Lightsabers.
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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    >>A Guest Relations host with both a forced smile and a insufferable reading of a faux-juvenile script <<

    That's not a Guest Relations host, it's Eddie, the guy who does the DCA Update videos on the Disney Parks Blog, playing a Guest Relations host. I think he did a fine job with what he had to work with.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    It seems a lot more common these days that Disney addresses their customer base as if they were all three years old.

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    Re: Cringe-Inducing Disney

    That lady's voice in the Star Wars ceremony makes my ears bleed. She was also in the "What's Next" presentation as well. I wish they would stop using her and have her be a voice actress in cartoons or something.
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