I think it might be best for myself if I logged off of Tumblr for a while. Because while people are spending their time going on witch hunts over a Disney movie, I’m getting myself in better physical shape, learning how to drive, sharpening my animation productivity skills, basically getting my shit together. So I think a few days from that site will do me a universe of good.
feel free to ignore, and this does have technical spoiler-hints
this was my response to a long ask explaining the opinions of someone who disliked the movie for a number of points I personally find very ….lacking, at least in my opinion, and as I’ve ranted too my roomate on all this points, I decide why not share.
This. All of this.
Everywhere I go on my dash I keep seeing complaints about this:
From what I can tell, there is nothing wrong with this shot and even when people do a comparison of it, it’s still the same. I actually looked through this thing frame by frame and I couldn’t find a damn thing wrong with it. I’ve tried my best to ignore everything that was meant to destroy this film, the Olaf debacle, the reviews, and now this. But apparently, my dash won’t let me. So with that said, I’m officially convinced that half of Tumblr is on some kind of anti-Disney movement, because apparently hating Disney makes you cool.
I’ve been trying to be fair with the reaction this movie has gotten from this site for as long as I can. I had to get rid of my five paragraph long essay about why Olaf was important to the movie because of negative backlash. Frankly, I’m tired of having to wake up every morning to see somebody bashing a movie that I and practically millions of people ENJOYED. If you want to talk about how the movie has too many songs, fine by me. If you wanna talk about how the pacing is too “broadway musical-ish” be my guest. Hell, if you want to talk about the writing, FINE WITH ME! But the moment you start dissing the visuals, that’s when you cross the line with me. I know this is making a mountain out of a mole hill and I’m going to get a whole mess of angry anons from this, but I personally think this is the final straw. I don’t know whether to unfollow the people who reblog this gif or to stop using tumblr altogether until the “haterade” for this movie runs dry. Either way, I’ll only end up getting a much larger migraine trying to defend this movie.
<3 = I’m falling for you.
:) = I wanna cuddle up with you while watching movie.
;) = I like you a lot.
:( = You should talk to me more.
:D = You’re sexy/beautiful.
;O = I want to be best friends.
:P = I want you more than anything.
:K = Kiss me.
:| = You annoy me.
* = We need to make out!
<*3 = I want a relationship with you.
8D = I want to do sexual things with you.
One eighth: General irritation with misinformation or oversimplification of how the animation industry works, complicated by the sound-bite, contextless culture of tumblr
Needless to say, I’m mostly referring to the “historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult quote.” Is it problematic? Yeah! But holy heck was this damn quote blown out of proportion. Thoughts on the subject, in no particular order:
1) I am pretty sure he meant something totally different. What’s he’s really referring to is the notion of “appeal” which is a nebulous concept that no one can agree on but which roughly translates to “pleasing to look at”. That can mean pretty, but it can also be pleasing to look at, say, the carefully angular face of Scar or one of Glen Keane’s scenes of the Beast. Making appealing characters is really, really, really hard to do. For anyone. It’s an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue that he used “pretty” rather than “appeal”, but I’m pretty sure the guy was enormously sleep-deprived.
2) The phrase “historically speaking” is key here, and taps into a much bigger problem that I have not seen pointed out. This is not a problem about Frozen. This is not only a problem about Disney. This is a problem that is engrained in animation history. And animation is an industry that is obsessed with looking nostalgically backwards, with the Nine Old Men, with the original Warner Brothers cartoons. If you’re going to criticize Frozen, you have to be able to look at the entire history of animation and see where that unspoken prejudice about women got started.
3) The facial type used in Frozen/Tangled got its start, specifically, with Glen Keane. You may notice that Rapunzel’s design is strikingly similar to Ariel’s, as well. Keane had a big influence on the female characters of the 90s-era on. He’s an amazing animator but it’s hard not to notice the similarities in all his female characters compared to his male characters. If you’re going to start a witch hunt against anyone, you should start one against Keane!
Everybody is afraid that people will hate them for not liking Frozen.
While I’m sitting over here knowing that people are going to call me “naive”, “stupid”, or a “Disney-pawn” for liking it.
Welp, better start shutting myself out of the internet for the umpteenth time and fail at it.