I just ?? man? I don’t understand this Disney shit
nearly 100 years of animating different characters, GREAT! yeah! we have Snow White and Jasmine and Tiana and so on, and yes a lot of them are “classically beautiful white girls with pretty hair” or w/e, but they all have unique faces
and then Rapunzel who was worked on by an amazing character artist … then WOAH to save a) money and b) time they possibly?? reused?? a character model????
GOSH. I MEAN, WHO EVEN DOES THAT, RIGHT??
except .. you know … all those companies out there who are trying to cut costs and time and effort.
And let’s think for a second, how many other characters have they got that are different?? Most of their girls are NOT the same. Frozen was produced in a much shorter time than other Pixar/DIsney/whatever films, as I understand it, having been shelved for a couple of years. It was finished off the back of Rapunzel, they wanted to capitalise on the success of Rapunzel, market research shows that Rapunzel’s design and character have appealed, so they’ve pretty much reused the model and character assets which is understandable. No more acceptable, mind, but understandable, from a business perspective.
That doesn’t mean that you guys should all be slandering Disney and vowing to never watch their stuff again or that they are incapable of creating new characters. It just means that they, like Dreamworks and wherever else, are reusing a formula that works to get more money. Shock, horror.
And just remember that, lo and behold, characters, to be believable, do need to express a range of emotions, and that a lot of the characters that Disney design and create are emotional. Not because they’re female, they just show emotion to be believable to the viewer, and to appeal to the audience as a protagonist.
Now go back to complaining about important things, like the fact that they don’t represent minorities enough (despite, you know, legit factors in some cases), or that they’ve completely fucked up the story line of the original Snow Queen, rather than complaining that for once in a long, long history of animation, they’ve reused a single model.