Well, Disney’s Little Mermaid comes out on Blu ray today. I can’t believe that I was 9 years old when that movie came out. I remember being outraged at the ending, and how Disney had perverted Hans Christian Anderson’s original vision. I also remember being completely obsessed with it anyway. It would be a few more years before I discovered the magic of Ghibli films, and of a type of storytelling that didn’t always deliver a “happily ever after.”
I think “things may not be perfect, but you’ll be okay,” is a much stronger message to send to kids than “everything is gonna magically turn out just how you want it.” That’s why I prefer Ghibli films to Disney films.
Let’s meet Disney [ 4 / ∞ ] Andreas Deja.
Andreas Deja : April 1, 1957 (56 years old)
Occupation : Animator.
Characters : Gaston - Jafar - Scar - Hercules - Lilo - Mama Odie - Tigger - Roger Rabbit - King Triton - Mickey Mouse (the current).
He’s one of Disney’s top animators, witnessed Disney’s Dark Ages since 1980, during the Renaissances till now, and one of the group sometimes referred to as the “Nine New Men”, he was awarded the Winsor McCay’s Award for outstanding contribution to the art of animation. He’s openly gay, and his sexuality has been discussed as an influence on the development of some Disney characters, he expressed about his intentions to make a book about each artist of the Nine Old Men
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
↳ An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.
Once upon a time, Disney wanted to make Mary Poppins, but the only problem was that they had already made Mary Poppins. So they took the same people from Mary Poppins and had them make a movie, except this time with Jessica Fletcher as a woman who learned witchcraft to fight Nazis. Also this time they made a subtle but clear reference to prostitution right in the middle of a giant musical number.
We’re still waiting for a Harry Potter crossover where she and Professor McGonagall trade tricks.
My aunt pushed this one on me when I was a kid, and I am forever grateful.