Revisting My Thoughts on Disney Buying Lucasfilm

This week is my fifth blogversary! Yay! I thought it would be fun to dig into the archives for one of my most popular posts and see how time has treated it. In November 2012, I posted about what I loved/what I hated about Disney buying Lucasfilm. This post went viral on Stumbleupon. I believe it still holds the record for most hits of all … Continue reading Revisting My Thoughts on Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Frozen: 5 Ways Disney Upends Its Own Fairy Tale Tropes

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THE MOVIE FROZEN

Disney’s latest full-length animated feature Frozen is a lovely movie, and in some ways a throwback to its early animated triumphs. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, it has many familiar Disney elements: princesses, a prince, adorable sidekicks, a hummable score, heart-thumping action and stunning animation.

But at the same time it’s also an almost radical departure for a Disney princess movie—and that’s probably why it is resonating with so many audience members, particularly girls and women. It does this by undermining some of Disney’s most familiar fairy tale tropes:

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Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Why I Love: More Star Wars films. Why I Hate: More Star Wars films that may exist solely to squeeze every possible dime out of an existing franchise. Why I Love: There’s a whole generation of filmmakers who grew up on Star Wars who could revive the franchise creatively. Why I Hate: There’s a whole generation of filmmakers who grew up on Star Wars who … Continue reading Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm