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Most of my mermaids in one post; in HD and accompanied by music!! :D

Two of my mermaid manips did not make into this video because I lost the HD files (in an dreadful hard-drive accident back in June) so they only exist in GIF form on Tumblr (ChiCha  & Su, Mei and Ting-Ting ).

Watch the making of Cinderella as a mermaid

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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

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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 ]

Imma going lose followers and get hate mail...

But it is worth it to speak my mind about something. The fact about POCs in Disney. Look, I do believe that there should be more POCs. I really want some asain tales in Disney. But look, stop hating on Disney princesses and other characters that are white. First off, Disney was formed in 1923 and at that time, America was racist and sexist. So, of course Disney won’t have POC characters. So, stop using Disney from before the civil rights an excuse. Everyone was like that!

Now after that, yes, they still did not have a lot. What, jungle book was the first one with POCs, and that was in the late 60s. I’m not going to list all the POCs, but there are some out there. But again, America was racist for a good part of the life of disney, so they where racist too. (imange this. Disney is a child brought up to be racist but then as an adult learned it is wrong and now is trying to show love to everyone).

Now another thing which I might get the most hate for. For the love of god read all of this before you judge.

Does it matter what the color of the skin is? Look, Disney aims a lot of their movies to LITTLE KIDS. Kids who do not know true hate. Those who know nothing of people who hate them for their skin color, sex, or who they like. Don’t we want kids to have someone to look up to a relate to no matter what they look like. Frozen, for example since it is getting a lot of hate, is a great movie for kids. It shows not to be afraid of who you are (Elsa and her powers), that “true love” is not just finding prince/someone (Anna protecting her sister), and aslo, Elsa is a Queen, not a princesses like most of Disney.

In short, Disney was racist for a long time, so you cant blame them for having so many white characters. They are starting to try now to add POC. Lastly, it does not matter the skin of the person, just who they are. We want kids to look up to someone, even if they do not look like us.

My views on Disney P.O.C

And this is coming from a person of color. Yes, I’m black. Lol

Anyyywaaays… Disney has a new princess coming aboard the princess line-up, and guess what? She’s a poc!!

I think there should be more poc on Disney, but to be fair no matter what they do they’ll still get crap for it 😪 like the name will be wrong or their story will be wrong and the list goes on and on. I’m not saying that some of the complaints aren’t justified…. I’m saying sometimes it’s too much.

I know it’s sound like I’m saying “just accept it and be happy we got a poc on Disney”, and you know what? That’s exactly what the fuck I’m saying.

Growing up I never thought/ gave a fuck about race. Now everything I watch or read about Disney has to deal with race. My favorite Disney movie will always be Pocahontas, I could gave two fucks about Tiana tbh (I like the movie) but I feel like people expect her to be my and all the other African Americans favorite character because she’s black, and I’m not falling for that bullshit. YOU DONT NEED A DISNEY CHARACTER TO LOOK LIKE YOU IN ORDER TO LEARN SOMETHING. Pocahontas is an Indian, and I’m black, but I still learned a lot from the movie. And yes there are some racist issues in some Disney movies, but something is always learned from that issue. Ex (Pocahontas) “we’ve improved the lives of savages all over” SAVAGES? “Not that you’re a savage” just my people? “When I say savages, what I mean is…” What you mean is… Not like you. Which leads to colors of the wind.

You may not agree with everything I’ve said and I don’t want you too, but I do feel like Disney is some-what “trying to deal with the race issue. I actually think they’re getting there, they’ve done well with the interracial couples (still need to work on that) but I’m okay with Disney

But just let this sink in a bit. Every Disney poc had to work hard for what they wanted… Minus Jasmine. But every other poc worked hard while everyone else needed special powers or a kiss. Some might say that’s being stereotypical, but I think of it as a compliment 😃 I’d rather be known as the race that has to work hard for what they want than the race that sat around and let someone else get the job done • Kanye shrug• no disrespect to the non hardworking Disney princesses though. 😝

Oh btw, a good percentage of Disney princesses are from different countries, not saying that’s a reason for all of them to be white, but…. They aren’t set in the US and I think a lot of people thinks that. I think Pocahontas and Tiana are the only princesses whose stories are set in the US. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Like I said I’d love to see more poc on Disney but it’s kinda hard to get that when all we do is complain when we get one 😔 last thing I want to say though. Somewhere down the line I’d like to see a Jamaican princess 😍 and I actually have a story in my head too.

All done, now let the hate come down 😒😣😆

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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

“The Snow Queen”

I’m getting rather tired of people arguing that there is no way that Disney can incorporate POC into their movies because “it would be weird” or historically inaccurate.  Perhaps this is because I grew up watching HBO Family's Happy Ever After which would take traditional fairy tales and incorporate them into different cultures around the world so that the viewers could see their stories from a different perspective. Overall this show was always well done and always something that I looked forward to. 

In fact, the first time I was ever introduced to “The Snow Queen” was this episode, and as you can clearly see, they had no problem incorporating POC into an traditional story such as this. Further more, this is not the only example where I’ve been introduced to fairytales from a POC perspective before a white perspective either—the Rapunzel story I owned was about a girl in West Africa, and Cindrillion (or Cinderella, for you non-French savvy heathens) took place in the Caribbean.  

So don’t tell me that including POC people into Disney movies is impossible when it’s based off a fairy tale.  Not only does it show that you are feeding into the racist system that has been determined by Disney, but it also shows that you lack the depth and creativity to see something from a different point of view.

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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 ]

I'm gonna say this again

If you TRULY have an issue with disney not making movies with POC then write them an email with your complaints.
Arguing about it with each other isn’t going to solve anything, let alone change anything.
And I’m not going to be ignorant towards our human history or disney’s history but I mean shit happens but it happened.
It’s over.
It’s done.
Never look back darling it distracts from the now.
In conclusion, shut up.
There are far more important things going on in the world right now honestly than disney’s “lack of Poc”.

Alright, so I would rather stay out of this but I think there is a very strong argument that everyone is overlooking with the Frozen/Disney PoC controversy.

You can look at this and say “oh just another white girl,” or you can see me as the girl who wanted to be dark to look like Jasmine for years, who adores Esmeralda, and who actually learned the lesson from Beauty and the Beast, that beauty lies within.

There’s a really long post about the racism in Frozen regarding - most specifically Sami culture and Kristoff. I can agree with this to a certain extent. Let’s say hypothetically that Kristoff was made PoC. And let’s assume that PoC characters should be treated the same as white characters, that aside from cultural differences, we’re the same, all of us have problems and personality flaws. Now you have a PoC character who is not a prince, is “smelly,” “bullies women” (Anna), picks his nose (and eats it), lives with trolls, doesn’t like people, is “a bit of a fixer-upper,” the list goes on. These are arguments against Krstoff that have been made by criticizers and the film itself.

But wouldn’t you be against that for your first PoC character in a while? People aren’t perfect and deciding that you have to make PoC characters perfect completely takes away from what could happen in a story. (Aladdin was a compulsive liar, and the reason for his lying is truly heartbreaking.)

Let’s take a step back from this and look at Pocahontas.

I’ve seen all of these arguments and historical accuracy of the film. And yet I don’t see any arguments about the historical accuracy of Mulan. “Oh but Mulan is a legend we don’t have the true story.” Yes, you’re right, but John Smith was a liar so are you sure you have the true Pocahontas story? Maybe you’re saying that if we don’t follow the original story we should just throw it out altogether? If so, say goodbye to The Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and a bunch of other films because they do not follow the story.

Now, I know this is a tangent, but it’s important to understand this because who here would get rid of Pocahontas (the film and the princess) entirely? Who here is willing to get rid of a PoC Princess who teaches one of the most poignant messages on humanity that Disney has created?

The summary of that tangent is that Pocahontas has a huge controversy because she is a PoC Princess. Her story is criticized because she is PoC instead of just letting it be a fairy tale like, say The Little Mermaid.

And this is important because remember when the Princess and the Frog came out? Remember how we changed Tiana’s name several times because the community didn’t like it? The community was not wrong, but more had to be put into this writing to avoid land mines. This also means we had to be more careful with the writing, to the point where, for a lot of the audience, Lottie out-shined Tiana. Tiana and Naveen couldn’t be risky, so Lottie was.

The PoC community criticized them so harshly for 1) Tiana being a frog for the majority of the film (I hated this as well, her story was unique but I wanted to see more princess Tiana too), 2) she was white washed (not black enough), 3) she was a stereotype (hard working black girl), 4) lacking in story, the list goes on.

Disney is criticized for their PoC characters so harshly (which I’m not arguing is wrong, the characters should be true to their origins), that drawing white people is more safe and profitable.

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Let me put it another way. When Disney makes their first heavy and/or gay/lesbian characters, they’re probably going to be white for one big reason.

White people are safe. For the past couple decades we’ve been told that we’re racist so much that we don’t even fight back when it’s not true. If you make the first gay prince black, y'know what happens? People are outraged that Disney is saying all black people are gay. Or in the case of a heavy princess, that all black women are overweight.

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If I were in charge of Disney we wouldn’t have another white princess for at least ten years. Disney would hit Egypt, South America, India, etc. I think representation is incredibly important, as is exploring different cultures. This obnoxious amount of backlash and angry, cursing scrutiny is why Disney can’t move forward. Can’t. Not won’t. Disney needs to make money, if they make a bunch of flops because the community flips out, then Disney goes out of business. It’s that simple.