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