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
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
I’d say most, if not all of us have fictional characters we can’t stand in the pop culture we love. Some characters just have personalities that grate on us, their flaws, or what we see as their flaws, too grating for us to take.
I say “what we see as their flaws” because, no matter how hard an author or creator tries to demonstrate a character as objectively flawed or no matter how strongly culture objects to and hates a character, it seems there will always be those out there who understand and defend that character’s actions. What may be seen as a horrific violation of societal norms by some, might be seen by others as the result of victimization by the same society. Continue reading
The pre-Merida lineup of “Disney Princesses”
Let me begin this post with a note. I know representation is tricky. For a really good perspective on the challenges of choosing to represent non-white/straight/male characters, check out this blog post by Lindsay Ellis AKA Nostalgia Chick.
That being said, I hate that Disney made Mulan a “Disney Princess,” and not just because the character is in no way a princess. You see, Mulan holds a very special place in my heart, and Disney decided to rip that special place out of my chest, examine it, and then shred it to pieces because it didn’t fit their marketing strategy.
Edit: For the sake of this post, I’m only discussing Mulan and company as female characters. Disney’s issues with race and non-American cultures is another issue. Continue reading