This week, Disney announced that it planned to downsize about 28,000 workers in its California U.S. parks division after failing to come to a reasonable agreement with the state to keep the business open. Bob Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company and former CEO, resigned from Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force after receiving the state’s edict. 

On Wednesday, it was reported, “Emblematic of the Covid-19-related struggles and tensions between state officials, medical professionals and businesses, Walt Disney reported that it had no other choice but to lay off roughly 28,000 employees from its Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment.” 

Disney, according to the Wall Street Journal, placed the blame on California’s government and asserted that the closure was “exacerbated in California by the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, attempted

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Director Thea Sharrock and screenwriter Mike White gracefully sneak author Katherine Applegate’s very grown-up ideas into a cute talking animal movie.

Ivan is a majestic silverback gorilla who loves his home (a circus-themed mall), his job (scaring kids during his daily show at said circus-themed mall), and his family (his seemingly kind-hearted owner, plus the motley crew of other animals who live in the mall and perform alongside him). Ivan’s life is great, because he’s never quite allowed himself to think about anything else — certainly not his life before the mall and the owner and the performances — though that is about to change in a major way, as Ivan’s once-steady life is rocked by new experiences. Thea Sharrock’s touching take on Katherine Applegate’s children’s book gracefully weaves together the obvious (cute talking animals) with some headier ideas (like perhaps those cute talking animals should have rights?), offering up

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