Most Disney parents (note I didn't say "step-parents") are solid as a rock (Nemo's dad) or absent by no fault of their own (Nemo's mom, Simba's dad, Bambi's mom and dad, the list goes on and on); the parents in Frozen simply blow it.
So on Tuesday February 18, Huffington Post ran a story with the headline "Disney's 'Frozen' Slammed By Mormon Grandmother For 'Gay Agenda To Normalize Homosexuality.'" With a title like that how could I not read the piece? I was completely blown away by what I read.
It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen Get A Horse! How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off?
The breaking news this week is that Disneyland-Paris will be opening a new area in its park this summer, a Ratatouille-land of sort. "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" The rats are saying (hopefully they won't be coming).
How were Bobby and Kristen-Anderson Lopez were able to create the first movie soundtrack since 2003 to sit at the top of the charts -- No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- for four non-consecutive weeks? I mean, when you make music that's No. 1 on iTunes in more than 30 countries, you have to be doing something different, right?
The fear that a diversity of size in role models will damage our girls is a false one. The real risk is the damage we perpetuate by maintaining the status quo.
Thanks to a gutsy, brave, and curvy teen, Disney has 11,000 votes (and counting) for a more realistic princess to add to their line of royalty.
I remember making a painting of Mickey Mouse as a young child. I didn't think of it as a subversive act. I was just rendering a beloved character that...
This year's animated shorts are an impressive testament to the talents working in today's animation, harnessing the potential of the medium's inherent freedom.
You know how a taco, burrito and enchilada all have the same ingredients, they're just laid out in different ways? Well... The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid 2 and Tangled all share the same basic ingredients for storylines about good versus evil -- just played out in different ways.
So was it glamorous and exciting for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee earlier today when they learned that Frozen -- the Walt Disney Pictures release that they had co-directed -- had been nominated for Best Animated Feature? Not exactly.
I want her to love someone, not because they own a castle or a nice horse, but because they are a good person with values and virtues. Someone who will not treat her like a princess, but treat her like a partner.
There are no rules in Disney about what you can and cannot say, but I'm gonna guess if there were some set of commandments -- screaming "Mickey's dead?" in a crowded line would be get you sent to some jail-land where the guards have oversized heads and the bars are soft yet, non-penetrable.
When I was little, I especially liked drawing people, kids my own age. But while I drew boys normally, whenever I drew girls (including myself), I gave them hourglass figures with hips and breasts. Since then, I've realized that I internalized a lot assumptions about female body image from the media I consumed, and Disney films in particular.
When you really think about it -- would you really want your life to be like a Disney princess? Would Beyonce? When you get down to the bottom of what really makes them tick, their lives are not as glamorous as you think.
2013 was a fairly successful year for Hollywood. The top five highest grossing films of the year all had something in common: They were all sequels or prequels. Which begs the question: Why?