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Are you still secretly five years old? Do you enjoy buying a cool toy every once in awhile? Are you frustrated at the lack of equal gendered-representation in the pink vs. blue toy world? If so, meet Dr. Ellen Kooijman and the people behind the #WeWantLeia campaign. Thanks to them, we have a few more fun, gender equal toys for kids and kids-at-heart.Kooijman, a geochemist from Stockholm, has always loved the LEGO brand, but didn’t quite love the lack of ... Read More
I have been staring at an open Word document since late Friday evening after I sat in a sold-out theater and watched my New Favorite Film unfold before me, trying to put into words what about Maleficent made me exclaim (much to the dismay of the audience members around me) “THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL” right after (major spoilers ahead) Maleficent kisses Aurora on the forehead, awakening her from the curse with true love’s first kiss. Until now, ... Read More
You don't know her name, but I bet you know her work. Mary Blair, pictured above, was responsible for dreaming up the concepts behind famous Disney films, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Blair originated the character concepts, color schemes, and the modernist style expressed in the films and determined the aesthetic depiction of famous Disney scenes. Her imaginative and unique designs greatly influenced the now historic look of ... Read More
When you first hear “Sofia Coppola” and “The Little Mermaid” in the same sentence, you don’t immediately think perfect match. So when it was announced earlier this month that the acclaimed director Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) would be taking on the live action version of the Disney classic, the news was met with mixed feelings.  However, once you understand the true, dark, mystery of Hans Christian ... Read More
When you first hear “Sofia Coppola” and “The Little Mermaid” in the same sentence, you don’t immediately think perfect match. So when it was announced earlier this month that the acclaimed director Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) would be taking on the live action version of the Disney classic, the news was met with mixed feelings.  However, once you understand the true, dark, mystery of Hans Christian ... Read More
A certain part of the internet has been all a flutter this week for a pet theory about...wait for it...Pixar's beloved Toy Story movies. Looks like this frigid February has finally begun to drive every sane adult den-ward. Note: none of the following will make sense unless you've seen (and enjoyed) most of the Toy Story canon.  Image courtesy of Bindocelebrity.com The rumpus began on Monday, when Jon Negroni wrote a piece for Movie Pilot in which he alleged ... Read More
An online petition for Disney to feature their first plus-sized female protagonist has been created by Virginia high school student, Jewel Moore. On Change.org, she explains: “I made this petition because I’m a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus sized girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media.”  In her post, Moore suggests that since Disney films are so widespread and ... Read More
  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
There's been some debate over whether Disney's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," is borderline sexist or fairly accurate, mostly in regards to the portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins (played by Emma Thompson). In a review of the film for LA Weekly, writer Amy Nicholson explains that Travers is portrayed as uptight and, well, bitchy, while Walt Disney, (Tom Hanks) comes off as a hero. Nicholson's reader's were pretty up in arms about these ... Read More
On the list of badass villainesses, Maleficent from Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty ranks pretty high. Needless to say, I couldn't be more stoked she's getting a "her side of the story" treatment in a live-action film scheduled for release next year. Based on Disney's description of the film, it already sounds way cooler than you were just thinking: "A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable ... Read More
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