#12: The Disney Version of American History in “Pocahontas”

Pocahontas was one of the first films that I saw in theaters growing up. I owned the VHS tape and really enjoyed the “Romeo and Juliet” narrative style. Unfortunately for most of America’s 90s youth, we were all in for quite a shock when 4th grade came upon us and quashed all of our preconceived notions of Native Americans and love and a phrase that we became all too familiar with: artistic liberties through historical inaccuracies.

My impressionable brain had seen the founding of our country through a very skewed view. While putting history into songs makes it easier to learn, it doesn’t always mean the history is accurate. Continue reading

*Update for Midterm* #6: “Get A Horse” Is a Blend of the Old and the New in Animation

This past Sunday night, the 86th Annual Academy Awards premiered on ABC. After months of build-up and anticipation, the ceremony came and went without too many surprises. One of the biggest upsets of the night, however, occurred in a category that historically doesn’t garner much attention at all, no matter how shocking the results end up being. I’m referring to Best Animated Short Film. Get A Horse was the extremely popular and well received short that ran in theaters before Disney’s Frozen. The short film that ended up taking home the prize was a Fraco-Luxembourger production by the name of Mr. Hublot. While I don’t pretend to understand the minds of Academy voters, I’ll just take it on good faith that Mr. Hublot is a wonder to behold. But this post is about Get A Horse, so lets get back on track and discuss how this classically-inspired short captured the hearts of so many people with its blend of fundamental animation and modern-era storytelling.
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#4: Letting Go to Embrace Womanhood in “Frozen”

If you’re in an animation class, chances are that you’ve seen and thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s latest princess tale, Frozen. Besides breaking records at the box office, the official soundtrack is also breaking records on the Billboard charts. One song in particular is the driving force behind the current obsession with Frozen. That song is, “Let It Go,” sung by the misunderstood queen Elsa, a.k.a. Idina Menzel.

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#2: Flynn Rider Saves his Demographic in “Tangled”

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In most Disney princess films, the main focus is on the princess with the prince occasionally showing up to save the day. However, Disney’s 50th animated feature Tangled (2010) shakes up that age-old formula in favor of a new onscreen dynamic. In order to draw a larger male audience after the poor box office performance of 2009’s The Princess and the Frog, Tangled‘s marketing and overall narrative structure put the prince and the princess on equal ground. This technique would go on to benefit the film both financially and critically.
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