Another Gay Movie Bomb: Disney's first animated movie with prominent gay character bombs
In 2021, Disney greenlit Strange World, an animated movie about a family journeying through a mysterious land to save a resource that's losing its energy. Bob Iger, who is returning to Disney to "save" it from Bob Chapek's sad tenure, was still on board in 2021, so he must have greenlit it. That's a relevant fact because the movie bombed at the box office. Coincidentally or not, the movie has an openly gay subtext as one of the main male characters crushes on another boy.
Before the movie opened, the media wanted audiences to know about the gay romance, probably under the mistaken belief that audiences would care:
Disney's upcoming adventure film "Strange World" will feature a gay teen romance - the first in an animated feature produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
On Friday, Disney screened three sequences from the film at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, one of the world's most important festivals for the film animation industry that takes place in the city of Annecy, in southeast France.