Jungle Book (2016)
Moving to Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book. This one kind of blows my theory out of the water as it remains relatively faithful to the spirit of the original and accomplishes an amazing technical feat of building a CG-Jungle world to surround a single human character.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Now Disney starts to pour it on. Beauty and the Beast was the first film that completely ruined the original classic. Ironically, Belle was already a strong female character in the original. But what Disney has done is retell their Oscar-Nominated Best Picture feature and shove in diversity with an ethnically diverse cast of background and supporting characters, while keeping the main cast…ugh, white. And sneaking in an innocent gay moment with LaFou (Josh Gad).
Wokiness: Ethnically diverse background and supporting cast. Dips its toe, barely, into LGBT territory.