disney-poc

anonymous asked:

Apparently Disney's doing a live-action Mulan. I don't know how I feel.

okay!!! one) im really glad you came to me with this dilemma it reaffirms my status as a prophet of mulan, which i feel has not been popularly recognized lately. and two) let’s list out the pros/cons, shall we?

pros: well considering the last couple live actions have been whiter than mayonnaise on wonderbread, this is a HUGE improvement because ASIAN REPRESENTATION!!! this film will open up so many roles for asian actors struggling in the business, giving them opportunity to showcase their talents AND giving them recognition they deserve. + just in general, wow!!! like disney cares about their poc films??? i know mulan is one of disney’s renaissance babies and therefore has preference over, say, live action atlantis (which by the way would be cool af), but still….. first big hero 6, now mulan… is it my birthday??? WILL I FINALLY GET THE MULAN MERCH I DESERVE? but bottom line, even if disney messes up everything else the corporation has enough $$$$$$$ to make this super creatively lazy production super pretty with hopefully stunning cinematography, costuming, MAKE UP (LIKE HELLO !!!! CHINA ??!??! scaling the great wall, magnolia trees fucking everywhere, festivals and LANTERNS LIKE TANGLED COULD FUCKING NEVER PAPER LANTERNS ORIGINATE HERE, the emperor’s palace… chinese architecture could SLAY me, PRETTY AF DRESSES, FIREWORKS!!!!!, etc.etc.). so if all else goes to shit, in the wise words of sokka, “the effects were decent.”

cons: (i’m sidelining the whole disney is lazy by just remaking films for $$$ argument because it’s non-specific to this particular movie — i can only hope mulan isn’t a scene-by-scene retelling of the animated film and actually has some nuances e.g. maleficent.) as much as i love mulan with all my heart hope to die, the story is really whitewashed (at least in comparison to the original legend). and mulan embodies more of an american girl!!! than a chinese one… which isn’t BAD (because disney’s market audience is … america, and it’s good for asian american girls) but it’s definitely a bastardization in some sense of the tale which i’ve heard is actually pretty integral in chinese culture. and if disney includes more westernized elements or just elements that are inherently NOT CHINESE it will be doubly more obvious in a live action than it was in the animation. we can only cross our fingers that if they change anything, they remain respectful and don’t cross over towards cultural appropriation. ALSO, if you don’t think i’ll be looking out for colorism/shadism in the casting of good/bad guys you’re wrong BECAUSE [roz voice] I’M ALWAYS WATCHING DISNEY, ALWAYS WATCHING.

stay tuned, there will be more to say about live action mulan in the future… it’s almost like my predetermined duty.

rootbeersweetheart asked:

I'm not sure how to feel about the Mulan remake

me either, im a little on the edge. i’m just concerned, obviously, with the whole race thing.

(pocs are welcome to chime in on this) i hope they’ll cast chinese people and not korean or japanese people. any represenation is good, i’m sure. but if they cast any koreans or japanese actors, i think they’ll just be saying “all asians look alike?” which is not true. at all.

so, there’s always a concern with pocs and disney(or really with any movie company, but especially disney), but i have faith. it’s just amazing that they’re making this flick to begin with! i hope it’ll be like the remake in that there’s a good balance of humor and also enough seriousness and depth to the characters.

but if any pocs would like to add their two cents on their opinions about the upcoming mulan remake, that’d be awesome! i’d love to know what you guys think.

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"Just remember, no mountain too high. No valley too low. No river too wide. No place too far to go (Oh, believe). Oh, when you believe you can overcome the battle is already won (Oh, just keep on). Just keep on keepin’ on."

'Disney's American Legends: John Henry' requested by lunaneko14

“My daughters are very much like Anna and Elsa, but instead of having ice magic, the younger of the two has autism. She is unable to be social. Her big sister is just like Anna, always trying to play with her and interact with her. Taking them both to see Frozen was a great thing, because my firstborn pointed out how her sister is just like Elsa on the way out of the theater. I asked her, “how does Anna help Elsa with her problem?” She said “Love will thaw.” Then she hugged her little sister”

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Project Disney (Team Kristoff) ✿ Week 5.

Sunday | Free Day: “None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.” — Marian Anderson. [ 3 / 6 ]

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After I posted this picture, I really wanted to expand the idea with a short comic or something, so I came up with some storyboards… and then they sat untouched in a sketchbook (which was buried under several other sketchbooks) for literally months. I finally dug them out and turned them into a proper comic! Yay! :D I tried to follow the Disney version as closely as possible, but in a modern context.

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JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE DARK SKIN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU AREN’T A POC!!!

See the people in the photos above (by Erika Larsen)? They’re Sami, an indigenous group that is basically the Scandinavian equivalent of Native Americans. They come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, but fair features are a prevalent trait among the population.

Disney has not come out and said what race or ethnicity the main characters in Frozen are. Don’t you think it’s pretty presumptuous that when you see a fair haired, fair skinned character, you categorize them into the homogeneous group known as “white people” even though in the same breath you demand recognition of each different type of dark-skinned POC?

You complain that the clothes worn by Anna and Kristoff are co-opted from Sami culture, but do a quick Google search on what Sami people look like. Is it possible, if you widen your incredibly narrow worldview, that one or both of these characters IS IN FACT of Sami heritage? And if so, that they are actually POC, even if they’re aren’t the exact shade of color you want them to be?

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Project Disney (Team Kristoff) ✿ Week 5.

Sunday | Free Day: “None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.” — Marian Anderson. [ 4 / 6 ]

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This is a collection of art depicting people of color from the history of Denmark.

I’ve noticed that there have been a lot of people claiming “historical accuracy” once again in the tag for Disney’s Frozen, which according to many white fans, “everyone has to be white because it’s set in Denmark”.

These depictions range from the 1360s to the 1800s. The portraits of Danish royalty include the well-off servants of the Royal Family of Denmark. These are portraits of real people.

In addition to Black people living in Denmark throughout history, there is also a large population of Sami people in Scandinavia, who are also people of color.

The Sami are indigenous to Scandinavia.

The claim that a fantasy movie like Frozen is somehow subject to “historical accuracy” is a ridiculous assertion in the first place; but moreover, it doesn’t hold water. People of color have been living in Denmark for thousands of years.

The lack of racial representation in Frozen reflects modern racism, not “historical accuracy”.

1. Karel Van Mander III. Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708) son of Frederick III. Denmark, 1667. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

2. Karel van Mander III.  Queen Anna of Denmark (?-1611), wife of Christian IV (1577-1648), king of Denmark and Norway. Denmark, 1672. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

3. Ottmar Elliger I. Full-length portrait of Isaack le Petit (1651-1723). Denmark, 1658. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

4. Jérémias Falck, Royal Engraver of the Court of Denmark. Allegory of Africa. Denmark, 1650s. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

5. Abraham Wuchters. Painting. Queen Hedvig Eleonora (1636-1715), princess of Holstein-Gottorp, married to the king of Sweden Karl X Gustaf (1622-1660). Denmark (painted in Denmark), 1661. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

6. Martinus Christian Wesseltoft Roerbye. Portrait of a Seated Nubian. Denmark, 1839. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

7. Anonymous (Denmark). Mural Painting Featuring Saint Maurice. Denmark, 1450. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

8. Anonymous (Denmark). Saint Maurice. Denmark, 1462. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

9. Anonymous (Denmark). Saint Maurice, Polychrome Wood. Denmark, 1360s. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

10. Georg Hinz. Curio Cabinet with Black Couple and the King of Denmark. Denmark, 1666. (Among the precious objects in the cabinet, a jewel containing a double cameo with the profiles of a black man and a black woman, both in Roman attire, facing each other. A second jewel surrounds a cameo with a laureated portrait of Christian IV [1577—1648], king of Denmark and Norway, as a Roman emperor.) Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

11, 12, 13. Karel van Mander III, details from the Aethiopica series. Denmark, 1645. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

See, here is the point.

When you are snarkily replying to someone saying ‘Disney needs more POC’ with a list of all the Disney characters who are POC there are three things wrong with your point:

1. You can list them easily because there are so few.

2. Basically for every one POC you list there are like five white characters, maybe more.

3. Half of them are pretty much stereotypes anyways.

This “Take what you are given and don’t ask for more. Scraps are more than enough for POC” attitude isn’t cute, sorry.

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Project Disney (Team Kristoff) ✿ Week 5.

Sunday | Free Day: “None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.” — Marian Anderson. [ 6 / 6 ]

Your PoC-excluding setting is a Choice and you should Own It.

OK so a lot of people are rightfully criticizing recent movies like Brave and the Hobbit and the upcoming Snow Queen for having no or apparently no PoC characters in them.

The apologists will say that it’s “not realistic” because of the setting. We rightfully point out that A) that’s just not true, because there were PoC in those times and places and B) having things like magic and faeries and dragons in your stories, and then turning around and complaining that PoC would be “unrealistic,” is more than a little bit hypocritical.

But I think it really needs to be brought to the forefront for those “It’s not realistic because of the setting” people, that even if we granted their assertion for the sake of argument, it wouldn’t matter, because the setting wasn’t dictated to the movie makers (or original authors) from on high. The setting is a choice just like everything else in the narrative is someone’s conscious choice, and if someone chose a setting that (supposedly) excludes PoC, then that’s not an accident outside of their control, that is a thing that they actively did and they deserve criticism for that as well.