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Pixar: Representation in Animation

Alongside their most recent animated feature film, Soul, Pixar have released a series of new ‘SparkShorts’. Each at around 7-10 minutes long, they follow a long history of such short films which Pixar have been making for years, and many readers my age will probably remember watching the older ones before their favourite childhood films, (if you want a real nostalgia trip, try watching some old Pixar Shorts on YouTube). However, these aren’t just any old shorts, as Pixar has put diversity and opportunity for marginalised voices at the forefront of this project. Pixar gave employees six months to develop their stories, most of them based on personal experiences, with the hope that as a company they would ‘discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques’. The result is one the most inspiring and moving range of animations I have ever seen Pixar produce, all told through gorgeous animation styles. Continue reading Pixar: Representation in Animation

From Disney Fan Favourite to Emmy Award Winner: Zendaya

Growing up, I dreamed of the day my parents would drag me out of school and force me to be a child actor. The fact that they allowed me to live a normal and well-adjusted childhood away from the pressures of LA toxicity still seems cruel. I like to bring this injustice up every Christmas and remind them that we could be celebrating the festivities at Elton John’s if they hadn’t been so short-sighted. Continue reading From Disney Fan Favourite to Emmy Award Winner: Zendaya

Review: Frozen II

Disney Sequels. Two words which conjure up a slew of childhood straight-to-VHS or DVD extravaganzas, sporting worse animation and subpar storylines (except the Cinderella sequels, which were surprisingly better than the original). But Frozen II is no cheap add on. The animation is stunning, the voice work is impeccable and the soundtrack is stellar. But this is to be expected. The question is, does it live up to the hype of the original? Continue reading Review: Frozen II

Review: Toy Story 4

After hearing that Pixar had decided to release a fourth movie in the Toy Story saga, I was filled with multiple emotions – sure enough there was a lot of excitement but there was also a creeping sense of dread. After the emotional rollercoaster ride that was Toy Story 3, it seemed we had said our goodbyes to the toys, just as Andy does, in … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

Trending on Twitter: Disney Princesses

Last week, Keira Knightley revealed that her three-year-old daughter is not allowed to watch Cinderella or The Little Mermaid, because Cinderella “waits around for a rich guy to rescue her” and Ariel gives up her voice for a man. This sparked a debate in the media about the portrayal of women in these films, and whether we should be banning them. Continue reading Trending on Twitter: Disney Princesses

In Defence of Disney

Disney lovers of the 21st century are plagued with a nagging sense of guilt for enjoying the old classics like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, namely because of their outdated ideas about femininity and romantic relationships. Today, concern and frustration is expressed about an all-pervading ‘princess’ culture promoting passivity, unattainable appearance and distorted notions of romantic relationships. However, of all the women I know who grew … Continue reading In Defence of Disney