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This Spring, look for the Rise of the Animated Films

The spring thaw maybe melting away box office returns for winter’s blockbuster Frozen, but in fandom, the love for Disney’s acclaimed ice princess fable is merging with anticipation for the next big animated film: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (HTTYD).

Sure, these animation studios are competing against each other, but fans have enough love to go around. Over the last year or so, fans of Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks have merged their favorite characters from five recent films into one fandom: The Rise of the Brave Tangled Frozen Dragons, or RotBTFD for short. (We know, it’s a mouthful.)

Seriously. Even Kakashi from Naruto ships it

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GIF via ceecysr; Illustrations by talesofavikingqueen/Tumblr and heeyjayp17/deviantART; featured with permission

Just, wow.

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THIS JELSA COSPLAY JUST BLEW OUR MINDS

It shouldn’t be possible for cosplay to turn you into a giant vat of emotions. Congrats, Korea. Just when we thought Japan had given us some next-level cosplay, you guys just raised the bar.

I’m not crying you’re crying!!!

Disney's 'Frozen' is not a 'gay' film (but I wish it were)

Disney’s wholeheartedly embraced the “gay agenda,” haven’t you heard? 

A Mormon grandmother has whipped the blogosphere into a frenzy with her denouncement of new Disney musical Frozen as homosexual propaganda corrupting our youth, whilst on the other side of the aisle queer Disney fans are praising the animated movie as a triumph for gay representation in cinema. 

Except, either way, this really isn’t the case.

Self-described “well-behaved Mormon woman” Kathryn Skaggs argues that the film’s message of tolerance, exemplified by the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go”, is designed to advance “the homosexual agenda” (it’s worth noting other Mormons have spoken out strongly against Skaggs’ claims).

Meanwhile Tumblr user fandomsandfeminism, in a post that has garnered more than 10,000 notes, takes that same basic premise in the opposite direction: That Queen Elsa’s story arch, utterly devoid of love interests, is one transitioning from repression and self-loathing all the way to “self-acceptance… and self-celebration” () - the same path that LGBTQ youths walk every day. She’s clear this is an interpretation rather than canonical, but nonetheless for for her reading Elsa’s struggle “as a queer struggle… adds a level of depth to an already lovely film”. Meanwhile, Gina Luttrell on PolicyMic praises Frozen as “the most progressive Disney movie ever.”

It’s time for a reality check. I don’t wish to dismiss anyone’s interpretation, or tell someone they’re watching a film “the wrong way” - but for me at least, these claims just don’t add up. 

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Fire Queen Elsa is Tumblr’s hottest new fandom

The major box office success of Disney’s Frozen may have gotten a boost from the extended winter chill that swept over the U.S. over the last two months, but on Tumblr, the film’s massive fanbase has been thawing out with the hottest meme of 2014—literally.

Over the last few weeks, fans have spontaneously evolved a thriving sub-fandom around an alternate universe (AU) version of Elsa, the tormented snow queen, in which she has the ability to control the element of fire instead of ice. Replacing her austere blue and white color palette for every possible shade of red, the fandom has churned out fanart, song lyrics, GIF sets, and fanfiction devoted to the fiery queen. 

They’ve also used the meme as an opportunity to explore Frozen’s controversial underbelly—its lack of non-white characters—by giving Elsa new ethnic backgrounds along with her new powers.

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Art credits from top left: treepelta113/deviantART; hypnolizard; disneyineveryway; essie-art; hannahwolfcross via theheatneverbotheredmeanyway

Thanks to all the amazing fanartists in this article for allowing us to use their fabulous art to illustrate this wonderful fandom. :)

Fire Queen Elsa is our favorite meme of 2014.

Why the Internet refused to wait for Moana, the Disney princess of 2018

This is the one fatal flaw that ruined Disney's 'Frozen'

Hurts, doesn’t it? All this time, you were mad because Disney could make millions of perfect individual snowflakes but only one Disney princess face, when the real crime? Zero Shaqface. 

Yeah, you heard me. Swim in that guilt. You want to talk unforgivable omissions? Forget having three Disney movies in a row that feature only white people. Frozen without Shaquille O’Neal is like Space Jam without Michael Jordan. Like Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers without Larry Bird. Like There Will Be Blood without Tim Duncan.

“Here comes the most complete log of the laziness exemplified in Disney’s Frozen,” reads the Tumblr, everythingwrongwithfrozen. It was created a week ago, undoubtedly in the middle of the owner’s existential crisis. After all, if Disney can abandon Shaq like this after the success of Kazaam, is nothing sacred? What’s next, dropping Julie Andrews off at a highway fruit stand and leaving her to beg for tuppence? Making High School Musical 16 and refusing to let Miley Cyrus make out with Selena Gomez?

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Animating female characters is 'really, really difficult,' says Disney.

Animating female characters is “really, really difficult” because you have to “keep them pretty” while they go through “a range of emotions”?

Oh, come on.

Bu that’s what the head of animation for Disney’s Frozen said in an interview this week. Not great PR, particularly since Frozen features two female lead characters who bear a suspicious resemblance to one of Disney’s other recent princess characters, Rapunzel.
The similar appearance of Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa only highlights the lack of racial diversity in Disney animation. Is it authentic for Western European fairytales to focus entirely on white characters? And if so, does historical authenticity even matter when you’re marketing the movie to a diverse, 21st-century audience of kids who live in a multiracial environment? Particularly if the movie includes decidedly un-historical details like talking animals or magic. [READ MORE]
vilsa:

k-lionheart:

asian:

*tears up*

Get ready for the Disney movies, people.

So I’m reading the article and then this:

 For example, there is the tale of a maiden who escapes a witch by transforming herself into a pond. The witch then lies on her stomach and drinks all the water, swallowing the young girl, who uses a knife to cut her way out of the witch.

German fairytales are so brutal. (I love that)

REALLY looking forward to a Disney movie about a cute, anthropomorphised singing pond. — Gavia.

vilsa:

k-lionheart:

asian:

*tears up*

Get ready for the Disney movies, people.

So I’m reading the article and then this:

For example, there is the tale of a maiden who escapes a witch by transforming herself into a pond. The witch then lies on her stomach and drinks all the water, swallowing the young girl, who uses a knife to cut her way out of the witch.

German fairytales are so brutal. (I love that)

REALLY looking forward to a Disney movie about a cute, anthropomorphised singing pond. — Gavia.