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DISCLAIMER: I ONLY DID THIS FOR FUN, I DO NOT THINK I'M BETTER THAN DISNEY

So while I liked Frozen and consider it one of the best modern Disney movies, I disliked the design of the human characters, ESPECIALLY the women. Not only that but their animation was very 'safe' and while they had good expressions I felt they were trying too hard to make them pretty. 

I redesigned Elsa here; www.kittengoo.deviantart.com/a…  And I decided to take a shot on her sister Anna. Through this I decided to take the opportunity to show 4 examples of what I believe Disney should improve regarding their female characters. 

1) More POC This Anna is based on Inuit culture and is wearing Inuit styled jewelry I found during research. I believe Disney needs more minorities in their films, ESPECIALLY the Disney Princess franchise. Tiana, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Jasmine ARE NOT enough compared to the overwhelming amount of white princesses. No they are NOT culturally diverse because most of their kingdoms are fictional, so please no 'SNOW WHITE IS GERMAN' arguments. 

2) More physical flaws This Anna has roundish glasses and freckles, which are considered physical imperfections. While the original Anna DOES have freckles, they still don't tarnish her appearance.  Now I do not mean giving the main character a giant pulsing wart but a certain imperfection that a lot of people have. A lot of people I know have glasses and have been ridiculed by wearing them. I think the only Princess I can think of with a flaw is Merida whom has a wild mane of hair. It makes her stand out from the rest in a good way! :) If Milo Tatch was allowed to have glasses, Anna could certaily have a pair too (and if you tell me that it's 'historically inaccurate' I won't respond since that argument is null and void in regard to a film that pays no attention to history and it's set in a fictional world). 

3) More variations of body types This is my chubby Anna whom is modelled after Tracy Turnbald from 'Hairspray'. She's bigger than most girls but happy nonetheless. Every single Disney princess has the same body type (except maybe Merida). Now if you argue that 'THIS MAY PROMOTE AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE' then look at this; www.fitdeskjockey.com/wp-conte…Some people are BORN this way, this is NOT obesity. This should be done in order to show that 'stick skinny' isn't the norm. It will make girls feel like human beings. 

4) More risks This is my disabled Ana. Instead of accidentally freezing her hair, Elsa accidentally freezed her sister's eye. Sure it's 'dark' but Disney has done way worse. Look at Quasimodo he's ENTIRELY deformed AND The protagonist of a Disney film. Also look at Dreamworks! They have Hiccup who's MISSING A LEG. We need more representation of disabled people in the mainstream media.  

And that's all I have for you folks! Like I said, I really liked Frozen but we can do better!

What kind of Princess would YOU like to see? :)
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I like all four of them. Maybe one-eyed Anna would satisfy me the most because it's the riskiest. Girls are never permitted to be lacking a part of their bodies or a function; Hiccup and Quasi are male. Girls have to be pretty. Anna with Glasses would be nice, but it's kind of tame. Chubby Anna would also be fantastic. I find chubby girls like Tracy adorable. POC Anna would give more variety to the rather boring roster of Princesses.
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Impulse-Comics Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
While I respect what you're saying, but aren't you taking disney too seriously? I mean I don't want a stick thin princess what about a princess who is more fit? A princess with, hold onto your genitals here, green or hazel eyes? But the main issue is the issue of personality, there's only two types of personalities in Disney. 
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Kittengoo Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Because this is media directed at children and they should have healthier looking rolemodels so they won't feel bad about themselves?
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Impulse-Comics Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
Yes, that's true, but why do we have to rely on TV and Movies to be role models? I'm a kid myself and I just like the stories of the movies, and so does my little sister. Can't entertainment be just entertainment, the second you try to make it overly politically or societally correct, is the moment the stories suffer as a result…What really should be the problem is that Disney has been lacking in it's story telling, simplifying their plots to a formula. It's kind of sad, think of Sleeping Beauty, or since you're very sensitive about this, Princess and the Frog, both I loved not because of the princesses but because of the songs, the present art style and the stories being told in the movie. If anything we should be upset that these films suggest that you should marry the first guy you spend more than 24 hours with…which is a dangerous assessment at all. 
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I'd say that a big problem is the lack of creative freedom that animators, directors and fimmakers have.

There are a lot of people who want to make good stories, or movies with diverse casts, but Hollywood won't let them. The main goal Hollywood executives have is to make money, and so they often put limits on what filmmakers can do.

So they give them a bunch of rules. Like, "you can't have too many women in this movie," or "the main character can't be black or Asian." The reason is because they say that women and PoC are not "profitable" enough, and that western audiences relate better to white men than women or PoC. They also say that if you make an action movie about a woman, or a romantic film with an interracial couple, it will not be successful because "nobody wants to watch movies about minorities."
Same thing goes for people who want to make good stories. A lot of the time, Hollywood will be like "you need more comedic moments," "you need more pop culture references," "you need the main male character to have a sexy lady by his side," or "you need female characters to get naked" so that audiences will like it better.

And if filmmakers don't follow their rules, then Hollywood cancels their movie, or boots them and finds a new director. That's why we see a lot of crappy or boring movies sometimes. Because Hollywood wants cookie cutter stories, and characters who are attractive white/straight/able-bodied/men as the main character the majority of the time.

That is why I am critical on Hollywood most of the time. I want to be an animator or a filmmaker someday, and I don't want my movie to be cancelled because I want a diverse cast, or a "different" story.

That is also why I am an advocate for diversity in Hollywood. Hollywood often refuses to greenlight (or fund) movies that are about women, PoC, LGBTQ+, or disabled people. And I think that is wrong because there are a lot of talented people who want diverse movies, or talented people who are minorities themselves. I always have to listen to PoC and female actors speak about being typecasted because they are minorities, or told that they will "never be successful" because Hollywood is meant for white men.

Now, this doesn't mean I think Frozen is racist. I don't think there's anything wrong with a movie that has an all-white cast, especially if it is set in Europe.. I think the bigger problem is that people who want diverse casts can't make their own movies because Hollywood will reject them. I think everyone should have the right to make whatever movies they please. Then we would have a lot more unique films and stories come out of Hollywood, and characters who are diverse in race, body type, sexual orientation, gender, etc.
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Impulse-Comics Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
Holy crap, that is literally what I've been trying to say, I just haven;t been able to find the words! Thank You! I agree 100% with this entire statement. And I'm a teen now, but hopefully when I'm writing movies and animating for disney, things'll be different. And my 12 dancing princesses or my "The Luck Child" will be real. (12 dancing princesses is very diverse, the princesses aren't sisters, but are all adopted from different kingdoms and represnt different styles of dance, but the two main focus is Clara and Sylvia two ballerinas, one black or mixed the other white, and Clara is first wooed by the night who wants to "save them" but eventually realises she'd rather stick with Sylvia and the two literally dance to happily ever after as BFFs, as a side plot two other characters will fall in love, two girls. Thumbelina is set in Mexico, and follows the original plot, but she is raised in doll houses (for the sake of goregous gowns and a bubbly little girl, I grew up near Arizona, a few miles from the Mexican border and I really loved visiting before we moved, I love the art and the language.Luck child is Russian and the girl is adopted by the prince and she saves the day the prince is a damsel in distress, while Lucky is a rough and tumble peasant girl who fights evil with a bandit friend, who is a traveller from either mongolia or the middle east, a funny man who is trying to make sure his new friend doesn't die)
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Kittengoo Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just because you don't rely on movies and entertainment for rolemodels doesn't mean everybody else does. You have no idea how many little girls look up to the Disney Princesses, heck I was one. And it sucked that I as a Latina wasn't represented. 

It's hard to be entertained when your color/culture is ignored, stereotyped or seldomnly represented in a positive light. Stories do not suffer by including people of color, they actually benefit by it. If you look up fairytales from different cultures you can find new stories. 

This is not only an issue with Disney but with media in general. Disney is a huge target because their movies are the biggest animated blockbusters, therefore people request more from them since they have the biggest influence. 

What I don't understand is why people try to silence others for requesting more diversity. By showing a movie to a child with an all white cast (and the child isn't white) it might have negative effects on it since it's saying ''The world is like this''. People who are white or privaleged don't usually see it this way because they have so many characters that represent them and they don't go through the same issues minorities do. That's just reality. 

All in all just because you as a person don't have a problem with it doesn't mean everyone else sees it the same way. 
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Impulse-Comics Jan 13, 2014  Student Artist
I'm not silencing anyone or being racist, I'm just saying I have lots of problems with it, And I'm not saying the stories suffer, I'm dirt poor, have a hearing aid and yes I'm white but that's no reason for me to be guilty for living. I don't like the media's representation of women, either, but honestly that's why we're here, we should make it our job to make the media of the future. And I only asked for educating, not an attack on me for being white and "well represented" because I'm not, none of these princesses are like me at all, they didn't have an ear drum explode as a child, they never were sent to therapy for being "reatarded" and none of them were bullied and certainly none of them found out that they can't socialize in person because they're in the 500th percentile, which means only one out of 500 people think the way I do, I have psychologic evaluations every year.  I'm not represented at all, but I'm not perfect enough to be so I accept my lot and make my own princesses and kingdoms. 
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Kittengoo Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I never attacked you for being white. When have I said in my comment ''YOU ARE WHITE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND'' I just said that USUALLY white people don't know of the problems minorities go through. I'm sorry but I don't think you read my comment closely. Your previous comment was '''why do you take Disney so seriously?'' and ''Can't entertainment be just entertainment, the second you try to make it overly politically or societally correct, is the moment the stories suffer as a result'' . I was responding to that, not attacking you. 


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Impulse-Comics Jan 13, 2014  Student Artist
I'm sorry but I have good english in writing in reading but reading in between the lines isn't my forte. I was not saying that stories suffer because of minorities, that was my opposite intention.
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