Its my point of view that Disney is a major influence in children. When they avoid cows and black cauldrons, they do a good job at it.
Disney is also back into the animation business, and has made some attempts at making stories that break new ground. For example, the first black Princess, and having the quote and quote 'bad guy' as the protagonist of a movie (Princess and the Frog, Wreck-IT Ralph).
How long until Disney throws out a LGBT theme?
To me, I see two main problems
- Disney requires children to be taken to their movies for profit if I am accurate. With how split the issue of LGBT in politics is, and how often books with this topic are attempted to be banned in schools, how much of an audience would it get. Similar to Princess and the Frog, Disney would be put under a lot of pressure to do the characters right, or face a lot of bad press
- The story. Disney gets a lot of their stories from old stories and fairy tales. Even Lion King is based on Hamlet. But, what story could they adapt without having a case of backlash from changing a character based on race or creed (Eg Peter Parker to Miles Morales or Alan Scott Pre and Post New52). The most famous one I can think if Carmilla, a vampire tale that pre dated Dracula by 25 years and pretty much created the lesbian vampire genre. Only problem....well aside the fact that I am not sure how well vampires and disney could work together...it would require a bit of Disneyfication to work. I mean, making the story politically correct and happier has been done enough, Tarzan could never have been a disney film had they not removed the whole, dehumanizing blacks, aspect of the tale, and somehow Suicide themes from Notre Dame wouldn't have worked either.
So, too soon or do they need an original tale?