Was John Carter responsible for the mediocrity of 2019's Aladdin remake? There was Disney's marketing failure to market John Carter as the animated movie it was, how Fox muddled the waters by marketing Avatar (Cameron's) as a "live action", and how CGI animation somehow became "live action" leading to such mass confusion, while also taking the wrong lessons about remaking old books like Tarzan versus 90s animated films like Fern Gully and Beauty and the Beast. In this essay I will

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Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.