and what disney was about too

I saw Moana today, and there was so very much to love about it.  But I think I’m just going to talk about one thing for now.  And that’s the “princess upgrade.”  (Well, that’s what I’m calling it.)

Moana has the usual Disney heroine trope of “I want more than being a princess/royalty/whatever!”  (It’s a good trope for a fairy tale.)  But with a lot of Disney princesses, there’s really nothing for them to DO as princesses.  They exist, and that’s good and right for the kingdom, your prince will come and evil will be defeated, the end.  There’s no actual ruling or governance or anything you have to be trained for, don’t be silly!

Moana is the daughter of a chief, and the main point her father uses to keep her at home and out of trouble is saying, “hey, you’re gonna be chief someday, here are your people, you’ve got to take care of them!”  And the next montage shows her…doing exactly that.  We see her making decisions in day-to-day life, talking to her people, doing her job to keep the island and her people happy and prosperous.  We see her, in short, being trained to be a leader.  Her birth position is both a job and a serious responsibility that has to be performed right to keep things good.  Destiny, of course, has some extra things in mind for her, but those things are also in the best interest of her people.  They’re tasks that need to be done, and she was the person picked for the job.

That was EXTREMELY refreshing to see.  And that alone would have made the movie worth it to me, but again, there was SO MUCH MORE TO LOVE.

I’ve seen headcanons about Ariel rescuing Moana and that’s how they meet and fall in love, but what if it was the other way around?

Like what if Ariel was curious about the fishermen from Moana’s island and swam too close to their nets, and in her struggle to get free she got hurt? And the surprised fishermen bring her to Moana for help, and she takes a personal interest in making sure the mermaid makes a full recovery so she can return to the ocean safely.

And at first it’s awkward because Ariel is still pretty shook up from her accident and starts to wonder if her father was right about humans being dangerous, but when she sees that Moana is trying her best to comfort her and help her heal she starts to trust her. Soon they’re telling each other stories about their homes on land and in the sea. Moana tells Ariel the stories of her ancestors and life on Motunui, and Ariel tells her about her family and the undersea kingdom she comes from. And they teach each other songs and sing together, and Moana shows her dancing and Ariel has never wanted legs more in her life.

Then the day comes when Ariel is well enough to swim over the reef and go home. Moana is sad to see her go, but Ariel promises to come back and visit her. And when she does she brings her treasures from the sea like unusual shells, and Moana gives her treasures from on land. And sometimes the ocean parts so Moana can stand next to Ariel in the water and they can dance together.

  • Disney: Hey guess what we're planning a new animated show based on one of our movies! It's going to explore the world and relationships of Tangled as well as add new characters, while still staying true to the source material!
  • Dreamworks: Oh, cool, we're doing something like that too!
  • Disney: Really? What is it?
  • Dreamworks: Well, remember "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"?
  • Disney: Oh, that movie that got you guys a ton of awards?
  • Dreamworks: Yeah!
  • Disney: The one about the horse who won't let anyone ride him and instead lives free?
  • Dreamworks: Yeah!
  • Disney: And the one that discusses the antagonistic relationship between the Native Americans and Colonists?
  • Dreamworks: Yeah!
  • Disney: Wow, cool! There's a lot of potential for a show there! What's the series about?
  • Dreamworks: Horse-Riding Girl Club!
  • Disney:
  • Disney:
  • Disney:
  • Disney: Dreamworks what the fu
Gmw cancellation Expectations vs Reality

Expectations by disney Channel:
*The Show is cancelled*

Fans: wow k lets watch that right hand talking Show 🙂

Reality:

Disney Channel: *the show is cancelled*

Fans: lol k lets move it to Netflix or Hulu *completely spams the Internet with petitions, calling and emailing Netflix/Hulu, starting a twitter movement*

Netflix: lol we notice you guys we are overwhelmed by how many people love and care about gmw. We consider it!

Hulu: *seems to be interested too*

Vogue: *writes article about gmw cancellation and how stupid it was*

Gmw: gets nominated for two important awards the day of cancellation

Disney: lol what did we do wrong? How about we re-new that right hand talking Show for 5 more seasons. Yeah that will solve it.

I may be reading too much into the movie, but I felt like Moana had a strong environmental message and the characters represented, in broad terms, the challenges our society is facing.

[Spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie]

Maui is the old generation. He stole the heart of Te Fiti (mother earth), thinking humans could harness, control and benefit from its power. This is a pretty straightforward comparison to what happened during the industrial revolution, and is still happening now: humans trying to dominate nature, using it for their benefit without caring about consequences (extinction). 

Just like our natural world, once deprived of its heart, Te Fiti crumbles down and turns into a rage-filled lava monster. This is climate change, and all the disasters that are happening over the world because of it.

The wave of destruction slowly but surely reaches every island in the ocean, threatening to take all living things with it.

Moana (the young generation) is chosen to fix the damage Maui did (even if he did it with good intentions) and restore the heart to prevent the death of her people. This means, for us, finding technologies that will enable us to live while limiting our impact on the environment.

Successful in their mission, Moana and Maui make peace with Te Fiti and apoligize for the mistake that was made and the suffering it caused. Moana goes on to guide her people in a new era of exploration and peace with the natural world.

WHAT DOES THIS IMAGE COULD MEAN?

Let’s start by a little warning, this post is based on the images that are in this post, you’ll see what I mean, and mostly, they are theories, and opinions on it. I shared thoughts on it with @skleero and @seddm about the possible meanings of this.


Adam posted it on Snapchat, hours ago he posted a tweet that he had been at Disney recording (SVTFOE for sure). This is confirmed by a tweet, and also a video that he posted too, acknowledging his presence at the studio. 

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anonymous asked:

So, in your 'how to develop an own style' post, you said it is important to just analyze other artists' work, but not to copy. May I ask why? I've been told I should copy a lot but analyze what I am doing at the same time.

Because when I hear “own style” I don’t usually interpret it as “a copy of someone else’s style”.

It’s far too easy to start drawing in a pre-existing style and then never quit. For example, take the artists who draw anime or Disney style; while them using a pre-existing style doesn’t necessarily take down the quality of their art, they will always be ‘the person that draws in Disney style’ as opposed to ‘the person with their own recognisable style’.

There’s nothing bad about this, as there are many people who would’ve preferred having their character drawn in a style that looks like their favourite show’s style - but my post was about making your OWN style.

You can analyse and sample another person’s style and still end up with something original and recognisable.

For example, one of the artists that influenced my early style development was my friend @owlygem and yet if you compare our styles they are very distinctly different. Owly’s style was inspired by Osamu Tezuka, and knowing this fact you can make a vague connection to this inspiration, but her style as it is now is, again, drastically different from Tezuka’s style.

So looking at Tezuka, Owly and me, you have three different, recognisable styles as opposed to three Tezukas, because Owly didn’t copy Tezuka and I didn’t copy Owly.

It doesn’t end there either; Tezuka was greatly inspired by Bambi, and yet his style barely, if at all, resembles Disney style. He took the aspects he liked about Disney (big eyes, cute features) and applied them to his own style. Owly did the same, and so did I.

Look at these happy boys and how different they are, despite every next one being inspired by the style of the previous one.


EDIT: this is the post anon is talking about btw

Hey friends!

I’ve got another PSA about Moana, the new Poly Princess! If you see my last one here it is.

I’ve seen a bit of backlash about the Polynesian Demi God, Maui. A lot of people have called him Obese, and that they don’t like the weight/physical appearance of the character. 

And to be honest, even Moana looks a wee bit heavier set than another Disney Princess. 

For example, look at Repunzels legs compared to Moanas. They’re skinnier, and her arms too! 

You know why Repunzel is smaller than Moana? Because she’s a German fairytale, but Moana? Man, she’s from the islands, we’re from the islands, we eat fish, we eat coconuts, we eat pineapples, we eat what we can (Tongans are known to eat horses), we are BIGGER, we are built bigger, we are meant to be bigger. 

Tongan Men, Samoan men, they’re HUGE, girls are big too. The thing is, is that you will get a mix of big girls and little girls. My cousins out of the states, they’re small I suppose, but then my aunts, they can be quite a bit bigger. 

Also, much like the old days, the bigger you are, the better you seam, you know? Like you can eat, WOW! The king of Tonga and his daughter are big people man, they’re respected, sure, but when I say they’re big, I mean they’re heavy. 

It’s a meaning of respect and power mostly, to be heavy set. So when you look at Maui, a demi god, he’s going to be huge! 

Finally, just look, Disney is just a bunch of story tellers who are trying to tell a Polynesian story, one of adventure and courage, and they’re trying to do it accurately. 

I mean, they’ve casted a Hawaiian girl,  Auli’i Cravalho to voice Moana and The Rock (who’s mother is Samoan) to voice Maui.

They’re trying. Trust me, Disney is trying. And as a Tongan girl, I appreciate it so so SO very much.

Bill Condon, director of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, talked about Emma in a recent interview.

What does Emma bring to Belle that no other actress could?
You know what it is? Belle was the most modern of Disney heroines, and it’s who [Emma] is. It’s the contemporary nature of her Belle, I think. She takes that thing that was so fresh 25 years ago and brings it into our time. It’s informed somewhat by her own work in real life, but also just the sense of being such a smart and fearless woman and the difficulty that that can create for somebody in fitting in.

She’s talked about tweaking Belle’s backstory to make her an inventor, too. How involved was Emma in crafting this take on the character?
I wouldn’t say that so much about the backstory as just she and her father both share this quality, but we very much worked through the scenes with her and with every actor. It wasn’t [just] Emma. We spent weeks around a table, going through the scenes, because every word matters in something like this. With all the actors digging deeper and deeper, that would lead to certain changes in the script.

Speaking of that scene, when Cinderella came out, there was controversy over the waistline on Lily James’ dress. Was that factored in when designing Belle’s yellow gown?
It wasn’t factored in, because it’s such a different approach here. Obviously, in that story, that’s a gown made by the fairy godmother and it has a magical quality to it. This is a gown that the household staff has pulled together – and there’s one little magic thing that happens at the end of it. But in the spirit of Belle and Beauty and the Beast, it was all about something that felt beautiful, but comfortable. There was no question of adapting Emma Watson’s body to a dress. It was the other way around. It was something that belonged to her, that was in the story made for her. Our costume designer Jacqueline Durran was very true to the period, so that slightly more ruffled look of the animated film really wasn’t accurate for the period we were setting the movie in. Instead, it’s a riff on that.

What was it like the first time Emma tried on the dress?
Oh, man! I mean, it was exciting to see and then we went through many, many, many versions of it. So it wasn’t like, 'Oh there it is! And it’s done and she’s putting it on!’ But it was still thrilling just to see her. That and seeing her in the blue in the village, it just felt like, Oh my god. It was thrilling, I think, is the only word. (x)

  • Maya: I love you, Riles
  • Riley: I love you too, Peaches...but no homo
  • Maya: you're my favourite person in the world
  • Riley: and you're my favourite...no homo though
  • Maya: I wouldn't know what to do without you, Riley
  • Riley: I don't even want to think about living life without you, Maya...no homo
  • Maya: *hugs Riley*
  • Riley, whispering: no homo
  • Maya: would you stop saying no homo!?
  • Riley: it's not my fault! Disney made me!

unedopinion  asked:

I followed you on a whim; I'm not mad, but can you justify my decision for me?

N…o?

I don’t know who you are or what you like or why you’re here, so I have literally no idea what whim could have led you to my cursed little corner of the cornfield.  I write books for a living but don’t talk about them all that much here, since that’s what the rest of the internet is for; this is mostly Disney/animals/sad political data/horrible viruses/the Birthday Unending.  I watch a lot of TV and periodically turn into a Leverage fan blog with no warning whatsoever.  And I like cats.

If any of that makes you go “wow, cool, this is where I should be, swell.”  If not, okay?  I mean, your presence will not impact how much Overwatch I play or how much Diet Dr Pepper I drink.  If you’d be happier unfollowing, that’s cool too.

Okay, so here’s a little somthing I noticed in my latest watch-through of Princess and the Frog:

In the song “Friends on the Other Side”, Dr. Facilier reads the tarot fortunes of Naveen and Lawrence. Out of the six cards shown (eight if you count cards changing) five of them have numbers on the top. In the tarot, these numbers indicate the card’s meaning, and if you look closely the cards actually foreshadow what’s about to happen in the movie.

First Card: Naveen’s personality

This card is the fifteenth arcana: The Devil. Meaning: Pettiness, Blindness,  that which is predestined but is not for this reason evil.

The card refers to Naveen’s nature (as we’ve already seen) being carefree and flirtatious. He’s inconsiderate, but not out of cruelty.

Second Card: Naveen being cut off

This card is the sixteenth arcana: The Tower. Meaning: Misery, Calamity, Tragedy.

This one is obvious. It’s the “great tragedy” of Naveen being cut off. Even though he rightfully deserved it, the card is appealing to Naveen’s perspective of the even being a sudden disaster.

Third Card: Naveen marrying Charlotte

This card is the ninth arcana: The Hermit. Meaning: Concealment, Disguise, Prudence.

This one depicts Naveen going through with marrying Charlotte, and the arcana explains what that entails for him. To marry her would mean Naveen must conceal his true nature to attain safety in finance, which is obviously what his character’s beginning conflict is.

Fourth Card: Naveen being given both wealth and freedom

This card is the most interesting because of the arcana used: The Fool. Meaning: Folly, Wavering, Carelessness.

This is the perfect arcana to use for this card, because this card is a lie. The image is a lure for Naveen to accept Dr. Facilier’s help, and it doesn’t show what the resulting spell really entails. The Fool is used because Naveen’s acceptance of the card’s promises is a mistake.

(On a separe, un-tarot-related note, the spotlight on Naveen is in the shape of a lilly pad. Cute, Disney.)

Fifth Card: Lawrence’s Tarot

The card is the tenth arcana: The Wheel of Fortune. Meaning: Elevation, Success, Unexpected Luck.

This is the only number used on any of Lawrence’s cards, but it’s the one that foreshadows the most. The card doesn’t indicate what’s happened to Lawrence, but what’s about to happen. It indicates “elevation” (Lawrence taking Naveen’s place and whooing Charlotte). The card, like Naveen’s, is meant to tempt Lawrence to Facilier’s side.

(All in all, these are just even more little reasons this movie and Disney in general is so genius. I mean, seriously, there’s so much detail!)

I didn’t need LGBTAQ Disney characters to realize how gay I am. I see gay and straight people alike don’t want there to be LGBTQA representation in Disney because kids shouldn’t be exposed to it so young. That parents should talk to their kids about it instead of showing it to them in a cartoon.

But some people are too ignorant to discuss it with their children. If we start while they’re young then kids will see that LGBTQA isn’t a bad thing, just a part of life. We shouldn’t be getting heteronormative pairings then. Which I’m glad Moana, Brave, and Elsa didn’t have a love interest. It was about independence​ and being strong.

Regardless other companies have made a move to include LGBTQA in their movies even for a minute, like in Storks. So regardless of what people think I’m still going to be making Disney characters gay in my head. You can keep your Stockholm Syndrome heteronormative romance.

You - “So, what have you done today? Been productive? Continued on important projects?” :D
Me - ……… *looks at manip* ………. *sweats* 

So here´s a little manip based on a short story of mine! It´s about a wealthy young lady who is secretly in love with a maid of the household that she has befriended. :3

It´s a secret because 1: She has promised her parents to marry a man of their choice. And 2: The maid she fancies is not at all interested in romance and openly mocks love and the idea of soul-mates. This happens quite often too, because the young lady adores reading romantic novels and often reads the stories out loud to her friend, whom then proceeds to making fun of the scenarios in the books. Even if it makes the young lady laugh, it still stings that her own romantic feelings are constantly ridiculed by the unsuspecting maid.  

Program used: Adobe After Effects
Movies used: The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, The Princess And The Frog, Heidi´s Song

Ok, but the similarities the newest Beauty and the Beast trailer has with Reylo though, it’s not even funnny

- Beast “Show me the girl”, in comparison to Kylo Ren “What girl?” and “the girl I’ve heard so much about”

- “What is she’s the one?” compared to Kylo’s “It is you”

-Beast “Don’t be afraid” and Belle “I’m not afraid” in comparison to Kylo’s “Don’t be afraid, I feel it too” and Rey’s “You are afraid”

Not to mention in general all the visual parallels between them through the trailer.

Originally posted by belleswift17

Kingdom Hearts anime

So since there is talk about a KH anime I’m going to say how I’d like it to happen.

1) They keep it anime style. (Which doesn’t seem to be a problem.) Maybe similar to FFXV Brotherhood or the KH manga. And I’m sure they’ll find a way to mix the anime and cartoon art styles well.
2) Disney does try to censor it. (This and 4 are my biggest fear when talking about a KH anime.)
3) The FF characters don't get sidelined. (What i mean by this is there not taken out of the story to cut on time or something like that.)
4) They keep to the games story without filler.
5) The game voice actors are brought back for it. (Which I have a feeling wont be a problem with KH.)

The way I’d like to see the Seasons: (I know its too early to talk about multiple seasons but its still interesting to think about)

Season 1 - KH1 - 24 ep
OVA - ReChain - 6 ep (could also be apart of Season 1.)
OVA - 358/2 - 6 ep
Season 2 - KH2 - 24 ep
Prequel Season - BBS - 24 ep
OVA - ReCoded - 3 ep
Season 3 - DDD - 12 ep
OVA - 0.2 - 1 ep
Spin Off series - χ - 24 ep (Including an OVA for Uχ.)

I think a KH anime could be the best thing ever but i could also see it flopping badly if not done right. Ether way I’m excited to see what happens and if it will be greenlit. ^^

My favorite thing about “You’re Welcome” is that it’s so catchy and nice that when Maui is like “hey imma steal your boat and trap you in this cave” that, like Moana, you don’t even realize it until it’s too late. You’re kinda dancing along in your seat going “hey this song is so nice and catchy and he’s gonna steal her boat—wait, what?” And I think it’s so perfect because the first thing we learn about Maui s that he’s a trickster and what better way to do that then reel someone in before tricking them??

I'm so mad about what is happening to Felix

I know sometimes he takes his jokes too far. But it’s humour. WHO THE FUCK are you to write an article about these and use these jokes out of context. How much of a craving asshole you are to destroy the reputation of one man who did so much for charities and for his audience ? And Disney you fucking knew that Pewdiepie’s humour wasn’t the sweet and soft humour we can see in your fucking movies or whatever so why right after these articles you drop him? And the worse YOUTUBE: how dare you cancel his show ? After all the bullshit that happen on the site (losing subs, youtube heroes…) how dare you to do that to Felix who tried to highlight the glitches and all the shit ?

I’m so mad. This is not fair. I know the jokes were maybe too much but it wasn’t a problem until these out of context and shitty articles were released.

Whoever wrote them from the bottom of my heart: you are why we can’t trust the news these day. You are the same as the fake news writers. This is not what journalists should write. You are no journalists you are some idiots.


- I’m not going to talk about the past-antisemitic disney. It’s not related even tho it’s a bit hypocritical it’s not related -


#IStandWithPewdiepie

I keep thinking about what a great character it would’ve been if Moana and Maui fused. Dang, she would’ve been PERFECT. Super beautiful, strong and independent, great ruler, also superior, overweening, but still kind and very funny.
And the reason she doesn’t exist is because she is too great.
Too great for this world.
(But in my opinion Moana herself is a really good character, so she doesn’t even need to be fused with Maui)