Disney

We Need a ‘Frozen 2′ That’s All About Elsa’s “Good Girl” Crisis

Disney’s Frozen, which is as of this writing at the top of the box office, didn’t strike me as a particularly great movie when I saw it. Frozen was competent and in places adorable, and the little girl who sat next to me at the screening I attended quite liked it. And I thought: well, I passed a pleasant evening, I have no real objections, but I’m sure this won’t have any lingering effect. I left the theater secure in the belief that The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, which were the ones released when I was in the just-old-enough-to-get-the-adult-jokes demographic, would remain undisturbed at the top of my Disney list. … Read More

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Disconcerting Pictures of Disney Characters With Altered Facial Hair

All that extra free time during holiday season leads to a lot of random musings. If one of those happened to be “What would various male Disney characters look like if they had beards/their beard were removed?”, you’re in luck: illustrator Annie Erskine has created a series of Photoshopped images answering that very question. Unsurprisingly, Gaston looks like even more of a skeez with a full beard; more surprisingly, The Little Mermaid‘s Triton looks kinda suburban without his flowing face-locks. Click through to have your childhood upended, one image at a time. … Read More

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’: Walt Disney Pictures’ Nauseating Walt Disney Propaganda Film

Walt Disney was one of the most important figures in the history of motion pictures, a visionary storyteller, entertainer, and entrepreneur. He also allied himself with anti-Semitic organizations, extended a warm Hollywood welcome to Leni Riefenstahl, began a tradition of worker exploitation that persists in his organization today, and was a key instigator in the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s. In other words, he was a man of contradictions, and those contradictions could make for a juicy and rich biopic. Saving Mr. Banks is not that biopic. Instead, it is the story of a Magic Mogul who helped a sad woman overcome her Daddy Issues, and, while they’re at it, of how a multinational corporation crushed an idiosyncratic artist (for her own good!). It also may be the most self-congratulatory bit of hagiography Hollywood has ever produced, and that’s saying something. … Read More

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Forget the Tabloid Headlines — Joe Jonas’ Essay Is About the Toxic Reality of Disney Stardom

What ever happened to the Jonas Brothers? If the need for an answer to that question has been nagging at you, then rejoice, because middle brother Joe Jonas has narrated a tell-all as-told-to essay for this week’s New York magazine. While much of the commentary about the piece has focused on its most headline-grabbing revelations — Joe smoked pot with Miley Cyrus! Joe got laid at 20! — the most interesting parts of it relate to the Jonas Brothers’ relationship with the Disney corporation. … Read More

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The Sloooowly Improving Gender Politics of Disney’s ‘Frozen’

Because I am not only all about preparation but also stocking up on declining physical media, I recently joined the Disney Blu-ray Club to nab some Mouse House for my three-month-old daughter to enjoy once she gets to an age where she can, y’know, comprehend things. There were some easy choices in there: The Incredibles, The Rescuers, The Aristocats, etc. But I hesitated when I came to The Little Mermaid, because I had (sorry, don’t mean to keep mentioning it) a new prism to look at it through. And through that prism, I was reminded that The Little Mermaid, for all of its peppy songs and marvelous animation and cheerful fun, is actually the horrifying story of a young woman who literally renders herself mute to make herself more available to a man she barely knows. … Read More

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