Mod Post: Advertising for Big Hero 6

waltdisneyconfessionsrage:

WARNING: REALLY LONG POST WITH A LOT OF PICTURES

In this post I wanted to discuss some of the issues I had with this particular advertisement. They are as follows:

  • The juxtaposition of the male and female characters
  • The posing and color association of the female characters
  • The juxtaposition of racialized perceptions of femininity

First let’s talk about not only placement but also the pose of the male and female characters…

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Here are Wasabi and Fredzilla in action poses. Both of these guys look like they mean business and they’re ready to go. You have Fredzilla posed as if he’a about to jump into the fray, eyes focused on some far off target. As for Wasabi, he’s almost looking directly at the viewer, and has a confident look on his face.

These guys are ready for whatever they’re up against. 

Now, let’s look at our heroines…

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Compared to Wasabi and Fred, Honey and Gogo don’t seem that ready for battle. Sure, they’re decked out in their costumes, but neither look particularly ready to face a foe. Honey looks like she just bumped into an old friend and Gogo is giving us bedroom eyes. 

Either way, there is a stark difference between the poses for the male and female characters. And it honestly makes no sense. Remember when those leaked posters for the movie came out? All the characters were in action poses.image

So why now in this newer image that’s debuted closer to the film’s release date, are the female characters static and coy rather than poised and ready for battle?

This reminds me of a piece of art that I saw when The Avengers was coming out:

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Granted, they got a little better with Black Widow’s presentation closer to the release (though there was this), but the problem is the same: all the male characters are poised and ready for battle, but then we have our heroine with her back to us. Not a very threatening pose. Granted, while Black Widow still does have some level of preparedness in the picture, we all know why her body’s faced away from us: T&A. 

While this is not what’s explicitly going on in the Big Hero 6 poster (to some degree), it’s still suspicious. The fact that there is an obvious gender segregation in the image, as well as the deliberate differences in their poses that makes me suspicious. The imagery is still very evocative of gendered modern day advertising (as well as the posing of female characters in comics). To put imagery like this in advertising for a family film seems like they’re trying to jump start the kids early on the typical imagery they’re going to see in comic books.

Now let’s move on to color association. As we know, colors tend to be gendered in American culture. This is especially evidenced in things made for children: boys are given deep shades of red, green, blue, and of course, black. Girls on the other hand, are mainly given pink with some spattering of purple, yellow, blue and green (usually light hues and pastels).

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There’s obviously crossovers with these colors, but for the most part, children are brought up with the belief that there are “boy” and “girl” colors (I legit had a boy who refused to use purple glitter because it was “a girl color”; ironically he had no problem with the glitter itself as long as it wasn’t “girly”).

There’s a similar thing going on here: Wasabi and Fred are green and blue. Gogo and Honey are yellow and pink (whereas Hiro is purple and Baymax is red). This obviously has some callbacks to the Power Rangers, where the two female rangers were represented mainly by yellow and pink while the male rangers had every other color (not to mention that in both instances the white girl=pink and the Asian girl=yellow).

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It’s also strange because Honey Lemon’s original color scheme in the comics was black and red, not pink. I guess they added some white to that red along with her character.

Now I’m going to go back to my point about the posing of the female characters. But now we’re going to contrast Honey to Gogo. 

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Compared to Gogo, Honey’s whole appearance is very subdued. Her pose, costume, and colors are a lot more girlish/feminine and modest (especially with the costume having a skirt)

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As for Gogo, this is the infamous boobs-and-butt pose. And it’s name is just what it implies: the breasts and butt must both be present in the shot. Otherwise we 1) won’t know the character is a woman, 2) make sure that fan service is always present wouldn’t want us to confuse female characters for people, right?, and 3) the anatomy must be deformed in order to make this pose happen.

It’s especially apparent because her costume is basically a leotard with some body armor thrown on. Don’t think I’m bashing the costumes; it’s way more modest compared to the original:

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(there is a thong in the back of this costume)

But really, why pose her this way? It’s already bad enough to pose a female character like this to begin with, but in the advertising for what is essentially a family film?

And of course, there are the unfortunate racial connotations… With Disney, we’re all very used to images of virginal, innocent white women (Rapunzel, Anna, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, etc.) as well as sexualized portrayals of women of color (Jasmine, Pocahontas, Esmeralda). The thing with is that we’ve never had them shown together. Like I said before, Honey’s pose and demeanor are friendly and non-threatening. Even her costume offers her body more coverage. Meanwhile, Gogo’s giving us bed-room eyes and curving her spine so we can see her wonderfully curved backside (and a little G-rated boob action). 

This advertisement threw me off from the get-go. I’m really hoping this is isn’t going to be reflective of the movie and is just a one-off ad. Despite all of its issues (whitewashing, Westernization, etc.) I’m still looking forward to it. But I would be lying if I said that this image didn’t sour me a little. 

-pik

1 week ago on 23 September 2014 @ 7:43pm 165 notes

How ESFPs relate to other Types

myersandbriggs:

ESFP: Identity - They are the same types. Feeling like they are competing in the same space, the two may initially oppose each other. However, they usually recognize their similarities and begin to cooperate.

ISFP: Pal - Similar worldviews, goals, and thoughts. The Introvert is more original while the Extravert is better at implementing ideas and plans. They get along at work and at play.

ESFJ: Complement - They have interests in similar realms but their strengths have opposite emphasis. They solve the same problem with different approaches and for different reasons.

ISFJ: Contrast - They have the same order of functions but the Introvert/Extravert direction of each function is reversed. They have similar interests but the Perceiver thinks of possibilities while the Judger thinks of plans. They have different goals and opposite emphasis in strengths.

ENTJ: Supplement -They have the same functions in different order. One’s weaker strengths are the other’s stronger strengths. Their strengths can add to each other.

INTJ: Anima - They have the same functions but in reverse order. Each sees the other as having strengths that the former wishes to improve upon.

ENFJ: Suitemate - The two enjoy the same environment and have little interpersonal friction. They do not have anything in common but can enjoy everyday activities together.

INFJ: Cohort - The two find each other in the same activities only when one is stressed out and wishes to “escape” from normalcy.

ESTP: Companion - They have the same primary function. The two have a mutual understanding of each other and can talk on a deep, honest level.

ISTP: Tribesman - They have similar cultures and are often found in the same social groups. They have different strengths and will be pursuing goals independent of each other.

ESTJ: Advisor - Each has insight that the other lacks. They find each other to be a source of fresh perspectives and enjoy each other’s company.

ISTJ: Pedagogue - Each has insight and strength that the other lacks. They develop a parent-child relationship.

ENTP: Enigma - They are complete mysteries to each other. They have different goals and strengths.

INTP: Novelty - Their differences are so striking that they are curious about each other. They sometimes run into conflict due to their fundamental differences in worldview.

ENTP: Neighbor - The two are often found in the same jobs or walks of life, but they reached their position through completely different means.

INFP: Counterpart - The two perform the same functions but are in different realms. They have mutual respect for each other but do not necessarily wish they had the same skillset as the other.

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1 month ago on 27 August 2014 @ 1:24am 58 notes

inkwellillustration:

This Is a outfit that I made quite a while ago, But I’ve done a little work on it so it would be ready for Anime Boston, and maybe The Devil Carnival as well. 

Those are real antlers, I do most of my casting from them for my other projects, Also the side cape is detachable, it’s magnetic so easy on and off. I also have a flag that goes with this outfit I don’t normally use it thought it’s very tall.

Also the The mask on my head isn’t a mask it’s a head dress you can’t see though it at all! XD and the boots and pants I didn’t make, but other then that everything else is handmade by me =]

3 months ago on 26 June 2014 @ 2:50am 2,316 notes

characterdesigninspiration:

As a disclaimer, this is far from a comprehensive list of genders, sexualities, kinks, etc. This generator is to be used as a prompt starting block and I highly encourage exploration of terms and topics that do not appear on these lists. 

Hey everyone, my friend empty-crayon-box made a cool generator for you guys!  Like she said, sexuality’s an immense and individualistic thing so there’s no way for all options to be included in one generator, but this could be a good starting point if you’re having trouble coming up with diverse characters.  Remember, if you get something you’re not familiar with, make sure to do some research before you try writing it, and researching things beyond these lists is a good idea too <3

To play: click and drag each gif, or take a screenshot of the whole thing.

3 months ago on 26 June 2014 @ 2:47am 8,282 notes

paulsrockinpagoda:

I didn’t think that heterophobia was real but it turns out this says otherwise

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6 months ago on 29 March 2014 @ 9:34pm 48,406 notes

dorodraws:

Freya wants to do cosplays of Disney princesses as fairies, so I did some designs for her =w=

Disney Magical Girls tho :3

7 months ago on 1 March 2014 @ 2:15am 35,327 notes
Anonymous
Hey! I really enjoy this blog and think you're doing a wonderful job <3 I was wondering why Aurora is one of your favorites? I loved the animation and story in Sleeping Beauty but i've never thought of aurora as a favorite, I just wanna know why you like her so i can love her more! (my fave is tiana) thank you for doing what you do <3

disneyforprincesses:

OMG NOOOO DON’T GET ME STARTED HOW MUCH I LOVE AURORA WAAAAH

ok so let me begin by saying I LOOOVE Sleeping Beauty as this gorgeous beautiful film so my love Aurora already stems from them

but yes let’s talk about Aurora

first of all look at her she’s regal as fuck

peasant clothes but not peasant thats my Aurora

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and hair pls let’s talk about her perfect hair

and looks

and beauty

ok ok so we all get the fact that Aurora is gorgeous babe ok. but now why i like her.

she’s like very outspoken and I know you’re thinking “No, but Aurora is reserved and very quiet.” Uhm where did you get that from??

I feel people interpret outspoken as loud and brash and that’s not the case at all. I see Tiana and Belle as quite outspoken people but obviously they’re very bold people a la Merida or Jasmine. Aurora is similar the same way, she’s quite honest in the way she digests things and can be very dry and to the point.

She knows her aunts (CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW AURORA IS RAISED BY ALL WOMEN WITHOUT MEN??? JFC) are planning something and goes very well along with it.

Also how can people call her “boring” when she’s raised by these women??

Similarly Aurora’s embodies the personalities of each of the fairies, she has Merryweather’s sassy nature, Flora’s strong will and Fauna’s sweetness and grace. They all come perfectly in Aurora.

Anyway back to the storyline, she’s displeased with her aunts still treating her like a child and talks to her animal friends about it. She kinda goes into a little reflection of her life if you remember the film. I always feel Aurora is very self aware of her situation.

After she meets Phillip via song and dance, she is shy at first because he’s a stranger but then becomes immensely curious in him.

(She’s just such a curious person in general in the way she approaches things hence why I would say Aurora is a ravenclaw)

Anyhow, so Phillip is cute and she is verrrry interested in him. I always feel Aurora along with Jasmine and Ariel are one the few flirty princesses who visually shown to be interested in boys and stuff. They kinda connect via the song because “Once Upon A Dream” is the best song ever and I can’t blame them. Also Phillip is hot as fuck a nice person with great charm so I can’t blame Aurora for that.

So YAY Aurora’s in love and feels super happy and she wants to meet again with Phillip (also can I say Aurora rocks because she invited him over to the cottage so her aunts can meet him and approve of him? Good for you, girl. You go Aurora!) But apparently she can’t do that because she’s a princess AND HER AUNTS ARE NOT HER AUNTS AND THEY LIED TO HER THE WHOLE TIME :((((

ofc she’s heartbroken, refuses to marry and goes off crying. THIS IS NORMAL BEHAVIOR. LIKE OMG IF YOU SHAME HER FOR IT IM GONNA GO SLAP YOU VERY HARD BECAUSE UR MEAN AND OBNOXIOUS. She can’t really runaway because she has nowhere to go (also that’s not really her way of dealing with situations) and also her “aunts” she can’t abandon them.

Anyway Aurora goes the palace so very depressed and not even some crown can fix her heart. I mean it’s just sad when the fairies place the crown on her and she just breaks out crying, it’s like a breaking point. She doesn’t want this life, she doesn’t care for being a princess, she doesn’t want to get married jfc HER LIFE IS A LIEEEE. Anways she’s crying sad and depressed and look magical green orb. I know the orb puts into a trance but let’s note that in the beginning Aurora sorta is just curious at the orb (like seriously Aurora can replace Alice tbh). Then she follows it in trance mode.

Then she pricks her finger and you guys know the drill.

FFD»

Phillip kisses her awake, breaks the curse and Aurora’s quite happy to see him.

(bby!!!)

She then meets her real parents and like she’s just grateful to finally meet them. I know it seems like a lack of character development but you know she kinda woke up from a curse of eternal slumber not much you can do tbh.

happy and in love Aurora is my favorite Aurora.

So yeah they dance again to the magnificent “Once upon a Dream” (i love that song sooooo much) and happily ever after. YAYYYY.

in conclusion: I love Aurora so much because she’s super sweet and graceful, has fabulous hair and she knows it, is smart and honest and quite more awesome than given credit for.

If you think I read too much into her, give me a break. My two favorite princesses are Tiana and Aurora who are onscreen approx. 15-19 minutes of their movies ok, it’s hard and I need to reconsider my princess priorities obviously.

Anyway I hope this guide helped you love Aurora, if not appreciate it a bit more :)))

Also her face character is fab:

mydisneyadventures:

Perfection. #aurora #sleepingbeauty #Disney #Disneyland

and here’s an awesome picture of Aurora as jedi (pls link me to the artist to give them credit)

This speaks to me

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talldaddy:

oyveylol:

male-obsessed:

now that’s some bling!

@parkertatro

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8 months ago on 26 January 2014 @ 12:25am 3,737 notes