waltdisneyconfessions:

"The Disney College Program absolutely ruined my relationship with my best friend. It turned him into a hateful, sociopathic social climber. While I am thankful for everything the Walt Disney Company has given me, I am still resentful of the fact that it destroyed something that mattered so much to me"

CURIOSITYLEADS said: if that’s the kind of person they are then it would have happened eventually just in a different environment. think about the positive experiences you had there and try to understand that it wasn’t your fault and apparently they’re a jerk.

waltdisneyconfessions:

"The Disney College Program absolutely ruined my relationship with my best friend. It turned him into a hateful, sociopathic social climber. While I am thankful for everything the Walt Disney Company has given me, I am still resentful of the fact that it destroyed something that mattered so much to me"

  • CURIOSITYLEADS said: if that’s the kind of person they are then it would have happened eventually just in a different environment. think about the positive experiences you had there and try to understand that it wasn’t your fault and apparently they’re a jerk.

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Announcing mobmaterial!

writingwithcolor:

Hi!

A friend and I have been working hard together to start a new blog, and i’m excited to announce that it has launched!! it would be great if you could help promote us! (if not, we understand) 

The blog is called mobmaterial, and the point is to create a place that celebrates poc in counter culture/youth subcultures, which are spaces that usually represent only able-bodied, thin cis white people, thereby erasing the presence and contributions of poc. 

This is a space for all of us to gather, celebrate each other, and share inspiration/art. this is NOT a space for white people or cis-males! moreover, we want to help provide a platform for poc artists, especially those who are just starting out and want more exposure for their work.

Are you an artist? do you have short stories, spoken word, dance, art, etc that you want to share? this is the space for you!! please support us as we work to make this blog grow!

Thank you guys!

Mod note: This blog looks pretty cool; check it out!

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Anonymous said: Hi there, I saw your post about Book of Life and wanted to share something. I worked on the movie, so I'm familiar with many of the decisions that were made. Maria is lighter-skinned because she (***SPOILER*** - DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW) grows up in Spain. Zoe was cast for the role after Maria had been designed years before. I know Hollywood is problematic with skin color, but I figured I'd at least explain her design aesthetic. Either way, hope you enjoy the movie!

WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK OF LIFE

Thanks for the info.

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jhenne-bean:

{These sets are comprised of Rapunzelsannalemon -Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna, Honey Lemon- and two special Disney guests! See if you can guess who!}

  1. I am being completely sarcastic in my awe
  2. None of these categories were made up for the sake of loaded language. Each has been used in at least one sincere/serious instance of justification or defense or denial of Disney design similarities.
  3. All these model carbon copies congruities factor right in to Disney’s lack of visible diversity!

Threw this together for a number of reasons. 

Partially because when confronted with this image (or this one or this one or this one or this one or this one or this one or this one or this one) or any of the comparison shots that show the similarity between Rapunzelsannalemon, defenders of the insipid character design consistently bring up the above features to highlight the perceived distinctiveness, or as examples of “unique” and “distinguished” character design differences between the girls.

But mostly because, for all the honey/strawberry/platinum contrast and various neck widths to be found among these characters, they’re all still scooped from the same puddle in Whitelandia. There are so many other manifestations that could be represented— countless other demographics that Disney keeps tossing aside in favor of revisiting the Nth White royal.

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**It’s also worth noting that while criticism of the similarity among Rapunzelsannalemon has been mentioned as a standalone problem, I bring it up as a sub-point re: analyzing the lack of racial diversity in Disney (Princess) films.

"BUT #EYEBROWS" is also a shitty justification because it contributes to the sidelining of the valid concerns of people who are perpetually erased and marginalized in Disney films (specifically the princess line) let alone the media at large. #Eyebrows-Defense contributes to the belittling, ignoring, and trivializing of those concerns. 

White as default is no accidentDesigns have power. Representation is potent, influential, and formative— and who is sidelined is telling. 

Mind you, Disney is (SUPPOSED TO BE/has positioned themselves as) this outstanding inspiring modern paragon of creativity, design, diversity, and innovation. Yet they have tossed so many sameface white girls at us that one of the strongest defenses of recent designs boils down to hair color and nasolabial folds. Ok. 

This is a matter of them being able to knowingly fall back on the same model, the same design, the same type because they know that they are safe in recycling the same White starting point with new hair, or eyes, or eyebrows, or freckle patterns. They know that they will be defended in their choices to the ends of the earth, despite perpetuating an endless status quo reinforcing whitegirl avalanche.

In their own words, Disney is “the global leader in family entertainment”. The have operations in over 40 countries. They are agents of socialization for countless children. The fact that Disney possesses such power and influence (and that they have such a stake in childhoods) is why who they chose to represent and how often is important! 

Disney is failing to represent an overwhelming segment of their audience, and in that sense, they are failing not only their audience at large, but their own core values. Disney can and should do better. 

While you can certainly enjoy Disney and the work it produces (I do, perhaps surprisingly), please consider being more receptive to criticism and analysis, as well. It matters.

"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."

- Walt Disney

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Anonymous said: is it bad that I dont think that ATLA/TLoK is as culturally sensitive as people say it is? For ex: Tibetan people in real life tend to have dark skin, yet the Air Nomads are paler skinned. Real Inuit people tend to be shorter, stocky and have a variation in skin tone, but the Water Tribe (in Legend of Korra, not ATLA) is mostly thin, tall people with a similar brown skin tone. Kind of like a stereotypical image of Native Americans. I almost feel bad in saying that the Inuit from Brother

Bear are more of an accurate depiction, in terms of body type. Im js.. I’ve always self conscious because I am a shorter/stockier person, the character design of the Water Tribe in Legend of Korra disappoints me in the same way that Pocahontas’s character design does

If you have problems with the work, then that’s fine. Granted, while the different nations and people are based off of actual cultures and people, in the end, they are still fantasy races. I do understand what you mean about the colorism in some areas (though there are several examples of people in the ATLA/LOK universe with diverse skin colors who are the sane ethnicity). Disney probably is more ethnically accurate with its Inuit characters in Brother Bear.

.-pik

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mockeryd said: I have this anon on one of my other blogs that keeps on saying that I should make my own studio because of I want representation. I explained that I don't have the money and that it would take years to do so. They said I was making excuses. How am I making excuses when it's the truth? Help me out here

That is classic derailing and, depending on the intensity of their ignorance, you might want to be careful how you engage.

The marginalized aren’t marginalized because we don’t speak up… Marginalized people from all walks have done just what this trolly twerp is suggesting; people have gone independent in an effort to tell our stories and eke out spaces where we can shine. Webseries, web comics, flash animation, game development, you name it… and fundraising for it all…

But that’s not enough. And it’s not fair… and we shouldn’t HAVE to have “separate but (not) equal” entertainment JUST to see ourselves represented. The fact that we live and exist is reason enough for us to be included in ALL media. Yes, I want PoC in every show. Yes, I want queer folks in every show. I want fat people in every show. I want trans and non-binary people in every show. I want people with disabilities present in every show. And not just shows… movies, books, video games. We’re here. We aren’t going away. We deserve to be seen.

Disney is a huge fucking corporation. It employs people who are marginalized. Are they good enough to work for Disney but not worthy enough to be represented in their work?

You owe this person NO explanation. You owe them NOTHING. They are entitled and privileged and accusatory and WRONG. If they don’t listen to your logical, obvious answers it’s probably because they don’t want to hear them. You’d be better off talking to a brick wall. Proceed with caution. Were it me, I’d probably read them to filth and then disengage. Good luck.

-ren

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Anonymous said: What kind of annoys me about Mulan is how all the Chinese are the same color palette. My sister and I are different shades, and I've seen other Chinese people who are very, very tan and others even whiter than Elsa. There are plenty different shades of skin tone for Asian people, so I don't see why big hero 6 couldn't have been all Asian. Also with the current designs I see so far, Gogo and Hiro are the same color palette too.

Animation uses a lot of visual shorthand that, over the years, has proven obsolete in its laziness and it’s unfortunate implications (i.e. compare the skintones of Mulan, Shang, et. al to Shan Yu and the Huns). Disney still seems confused and frightened to experiment with variations of hue among PoC. I mean, in Pocahontas, all of the Powhatan all had the same skin color. In Aladdin, all of the “good” characters had the same skin tone. In PatF, there’s some variation in background characters (but Facilier is still darker in tone than Tiana…I think. I’m gonna Google that now, actually.)… but they’re background characters, so I’m not sure it really even counts.

When it comes to BH6 and the whitewashing/racebending that went on with adapting it for the screen, it’s definitely indicative of Disney’s usual mindset that they can’t ever be “too ethnic”. I’m sure they think they’re being greatly diverse… but in reality, it makes it seem that PoC are interchangeable and making originally Japanese characters white serves no narrative purpose OTHER than to appease the status quo. Gogo, Hiro, and Tadashi all have the same skin tone… meanwhile, in films like Frozen, it’s shown that white people come in different tones (Elsa, obviously, being fairer and paler than Anna, who is rosier in complexion).

It’s noticeable and pretty disheartening, but here’s hoping to future efforts from Disney at least attempting to do better in this regard.

**EDIT**: It appears, Facilier is actually LIGHER than Tiana by a shade. An interesting reversal of the usual trope… but there’s still the issue of the misrepresented, Hollywood-ized version of Voodoo.

-ren

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Anonymous said: do you guys avoid spoilers when it comes to Disney movies? jw, because I looked at spoilers before watching Frozen, Wreck it Ralph, and BH6 and I regret it each time

For any movie I’m anticipating, I never look at spoilers. I’ll only look at released trailers and maybe set photos/screen shots (and even then I’m careful). Other than that, I stay away from any thing potentially spoilery.

-pik

I’m much the same. If it’s something I’m legitimately looking forward to seeing, I do what I can to avoid spoilers. If, however, it’s not something I really care about, I’ll read a few spoiler-ish tidbits here and there just so I can have some kind of clue what to expect.

-ren

If I’m actually looking forward to seeing it, planning on seeing it on opening night, etc, then hooo boy do I avoid spoilers! I only look at spoilers if I’m pretty much “meh” towards an upcoming movie.
Although, it’s sorta like what ren said - I may look at a few tiny things, like “oh hey, so-and-so is in this movie” or “oh, hey, the third act involves a change in location…” but nothing like “Darth Vadar is Luke Skywalker’s father.”

-K

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Anonymous said: u don't have to know how to draw to be a computer animator like at all. there are tons of online schools, for example animation mentor, where you are never even required to pick up a pencil. computer animators don't design the characters, character designers do. a lot of times comp animators don't even have to render the characters on the computer, there are jobs just for character rendering. lots of comp animators at studios like pixar an disney have stated that cannot draw at all!! just sayin

And I’m just saying. If you go to any reputable college with an animation program, you must take drawing classes like figure/life drawing,some traditional animation classes, or maybe a character animation class. Regardless if you never pick up a pencil to draw your characters on your computer screen, you learned your fundamentals from drawing. 

And even if they work at Disney and Pixar and have never picked up a pencil, I bet you they studied traditional techniques. You don’t just pick up computer animation sitting at a computer and fiddling with rigs and weights.

-pik

Animation, ESPECIALLY CGI, is not as easy as pointing and clicking. This isn’t the Jetsons, George. Online (FOR PROFIT) schools will give you any kind of swill, watered-down, piss poor excuse for an ‘education’ as long as you run them their money, so that doesn’t even register as a valid counterpoint. If you aren’t drawing, building, and rendering, what are you even doing? What are you animating? Squiggly lines? You using Xtra Normal or whatever it’s called and think you’re animating? Pretty sure it doesn’t work like that.

-ren

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thequebecninja:

prismplague:

hug-bees:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I’m glad Disney makes CG movies now. I don’t have any drawing skills and can’t draw anything good without tracing (believe me, I’ve tried). So now I know that I can be an animator at Disney, just like I’ve always dreamed, because being a computer animator doesn’t require any drawing"

FALSE
ABSOLUTELY FALSE

WOW whoa this is ignorant as all hell.
1. You need to understand anatomy and be able to draw in a 3D space, it requires more skill to be able to control shapes and also not break the model in order to move it.
2. If you cannot draw, if you cannot understand basic anatomy, you cannot animate period, no matter what medium you use.
3. Disney will not hire you. You need to be able to graduate a school and get past the judgement of teachers and show competence and this entire confession proves that you can’t do either.
4. Your attitude shits on people who actually work for that position. You’re saying “Man, I do not want to work, and CG is the perfect way to be lazy but get what I want!” You do not deserve it. You haven’t worked, you haven’t even shown that you cared and you simply will not get what you want assuming that CG is easier.
fuck this guy.

I can confirm this last statement. I’m actually starting my first session of a 3D animation program in college and drawing anatomy and perspective is what we are going to do the most of time for this session. If I want to go further into 3D programming, I need to pass my drawing classes first and be able to draw correctly characters and 3D environments.

thequebecninja:

prismplague:

hug-bees:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I’m glad Disney makes CG movies now. I don’t have any drawing skills and can’t draw anything good without tracing (believe me, I’ve tried). So now I know that I can be an animator at Disney, just like I’ve always dreamed, because being a computer animator doesn’t require any drawing"

FALSE

ABSOLUTELY FALSE

WOW whoa this is ignorant as all hell.

1. You need to understand anatomy and be able to draw in a 3D space, it requires more skill to be able to control shapes and also not break the model in order to move it.

2. If you cannot draw, if you cannot understand basic anatomy, you cannot animate period, no matter what medium you use.

3. Disney will not hire you. You need to be able to graduate a school and get past the judgement of teachers and show competence and this entire confession proves that you can’t do either.

4. Your attitude shits on people who actually work for that position. You’re saying “Man, I do not want to work, and CG is the perfect way to be lazy but get what I want!” You do not deserve it. You haven’t worked, you haven’t even shown that you cared and you simply will not get what you want assuming that CG is easier.

fuck this guy.

I can confirm this last statement. I’m actually starting my first session of a 3D animation program in college and drawing anatomy and perspective is what we are going to do the most of time for this session. If I want to go further into 3D programming, I need to pass my drawing classes first and be able to draw correctly characters and 3D environments.

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