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Girl Fight: Disney vs DreamWorks (Part 2: SKG’s SFCs)

As I mentioned in my last post, two companies flourished during Disney’s struggles post Disney Renaissance. One was Pixar, who couldn’t completely celebrate the fall of Disney as they were tied to Disney for distribution. The other was DreamWorks Animation SKG.

For some history on the rivalry between Disney and DreamWorks, check out the Nostalgia Chick’s two-part video on the subject.

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One aspect of this rivalry not really covered in these videos is that DreamWorks’s goal to be the anti-Disney seems to have extended to their depictions of female characters. As far as I can tell, there’s no established cutesy name for DreamWorks’s female characters, so I’m going to call them SKG’s (the DreamWorks abbreviation that stands for founders Spielberg, Katzenberg, and Geffen) SFCs (Strong Female Characters). Continue reading

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Girl Fight: Disney vs DreamWorks (Part 1: Disney Princesses)

If her powers are over ice, why is she so hot?

If her powers are over ice, why is she so hot?

No, I’m not going to address the fact that I haven’t updated since September.

So, I am a big fan of the new Disney animated movie Frozen. I don’t think it’s perfect, and there are several obvious flaws, but the movie still made me fall in love. Now, I am going to be totally honest, I had no intention of going to see this movie. I hadn’t read any pre-movie buzz, so all I had to go on was the movie’s marketing.

And that marketing, frankly, made the movie look annoying as hell.

I remember seeing that preview and thinking it seemed like the most pandering, insulting preview they could have done. I mean, this is (well, was at the time) 2013, and we’re supposed to be surprised that the person who might save the day could be “No Man”? Really? Continue reading

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