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Excuse me while I go off on a rather large rant about the controversy and complaints over Frozen’s character designs.

First of all, if you haven’t seen this video, watch it:

It’s not the characters, it’s the style. Snow White and the Blue Fairy have very similar styles, because they are from the same period of time of animation at Walt Disney Studios. Aurora and Anita also have very similar appearances, and they were ALSO from around the same time period of animation. Their styles very much differ from that of Snow White, but are similar to each other because they similar styles of animation. Alice and Wendy basically have the same faces, and they also share the same voice. Same for Lady Tremaine and Maleficent, same voice, similar facial structures and evil gazes, yet both really great villains. There are countless similarities among the various Disney characters, yet I have only witnessed Frozen take the unusually cruel beating for it. I could understand why people are comparing Anna to Rapunzel, because they are similar styles of animation. Are you forgetting how different their personalities are going to be, not to mention their voices? Wendy and Alice look very similar and have the SAME voice, yet people don’t seem to be bothered by that. I had to say something once I saw ELSA being compared to Rapunzel. Seriously? They are going to COMPLETELY contrast each other, and I really can not see a resemblance, other than the fact that they are animated in the same style. I compared Elsa to Rapunzel in these two pictures because the only reason they look similar is because they are in similar poses/making similar facial expressions. They really don’t look ALIKE. People confuse similarities and resemblances most likely because of the style. The similarities between characters do not affect the quality of the movie, which is what people are making it seem like Frozen is going to do. It is the STYLE, PEOPLE.

Just look at Glen Keane’s sketches of Rapunzel and Ariel. He is a prodigy in Disney animation, a HERO, a role model, an inspiration. Similarities between Ariel and Rapunzel’s faces can be seen, but that’s because it is his STYLE. Does not affect the greatness of Tangled, and I can bet you if Tangled and the Little Mermaid were in the same style of animation, they would look much more similar to each other. Would you critique it then? Would you have bashed Tangled and refused to see it? Call it uncreative and a disgrace to the Disney name? Frozen has not even come out yet, not with a full trailer even, and people are ripping it apart.

Disney is the most wonderful, creative, and magical company that could ever create such beloved movies. Please don’t doubt them in this shining moment. This new style has so much to offer us, and criticizing it is not going to change the final outcome. I truly believe that these movies have beautiful stories and characters to offer, and I have so much faith in Frozen that it covers up for anyone who has none.

I have complicated feels about this!

On one hand, super solid points about style (of which Disney is distinct.)

On the other hand…all of the first six comparisons are from 1961 or earlier.

Basically, each example is pre-dating the official Disney Princess line (i.e. the very context of the debate) which was conceived in 1990.

Between Disney’s reliance on the use of live models at that time and the technological (and sociocultural) growth that’s occurred between 1961 and 2013 I daresay it isn’t too off the mark to expect a little more visual diversity from the company.

That, and it’s a bit disingenuous to have an unfinished, uncolored shot of Ariel and Rapunzel considering color is one of the areas influencing the Anna/Rapunzel issue (though I see that OP is making a point about eyes, most likely).

Cause like…this:

turned out visually distinct from this:

While Anna/Rapunzel?

Not so much.

{Comparison pic source: Disneyforprincesses}

**It’s also worth noting that criticism of the similarity between Rapunzel and Anna has been mentioned as a standalone problem, it is also discussed as a sub-point while analyzing the lack of racial diversity in Disney films. (Ex: Yet another blonde(ish), freckled, White princess from the land of no-princesses-of-color.)

*~They’re allllll whiiiiite and that’s the problemmmmm~*

lol turns out my feelings weren’t complicated at all!

Posted 1 year ago with 12,068 notes via emmasdisneyworld
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#disney #we could always use more white princesses #frozen #character design #media studies #media representation #animation #snow queen #disney's snow queen #disney's frozen #History is vital.

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