Disney Heiress Calls Out Company for Treatment of Workers in New Film

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Abigail Disney recently called out the Walt Disney Company for its treatment of its workers while promoting her upcoming directorial feature.

Slated for a September release, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales (2022), directed by Kathleen Hughes and Abigail Disney, just released its trailer, giving viewers a preview of what can be expected in the full-length film. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and focuses on the income disparity in modern-day society. Per its logline,

“[The film] looks at America’s dysfunctional and unequal economy and asks why the American Dream has worked for the wealthy, yet is a nightmare for people born with less.”


Abigail Disney at the Television Industry Advocacy Awards/

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The trailer opens with a voiceover from an unknown source set to old, idyllic footage of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, as well as other scenes from around Disneyland’s grounds, before Abigail E. Disney herself appears on screen, detailing what it’s like living with the Disney name. “Having the last name Disney is like having a weird superpower you didn’t ask for,” she said.

Watch the trailer:

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In the documentary, Disneyland Cast Members shed light on their wages. One married couple from the Disneyland Cast Members shared their struggle with the Disney Heiress. “Even with both of us working full-time, we still fall below poverty level,” one of the Cast Members said in the film. Ms. Disney also gathers a group of Cast Members to ask them some difficult questions, such as “How many of you know someone at Disney who’s slept in their car in the last couple of years?”

About thirty seconds into the trailer, the words “This is the film Disney does not want you to see” appear across the screen.

Abigail Disney says the film is her “love letter to and cry of outrage on behalf of the beautiful people who keep Disney ticking every day.”

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According to the official website, the documentary opens in Orlando on September 16, and in New York, additional markets, and on VOD on September 23, 2022.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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