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I am answering subjectively here, but I think it really comes down to evoking even more sympathy for the main characters. Not only do they often have to battle difficult circumstances (i.e. being an outcast or something similar), but they also have to deal with being alone in the world. All of this creates genuine sympathy for the protagonists. This Daily ...


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Its not just the animated movies; Disney corporation also made a lot of live action films that have this pattern: A family is damaged. A child has an adventure as a result. During the adventure the child becomes more like an adult, taking responsibility for themselves and others, and ultimately becomes a hero. The family is restored, or a new family is ...


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The earliest Disney animated movie I can find is Sleeping Beauty, from 1959, which shows the Dragon being slain by a sword, showing some blood. I found this picture, I see no reason why this picture is not genuine... In live action movies, in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), Captain Nemo (played by James Mason) is shot whilst boarding the Nautilus. ...


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Beauty and the Beast was originally a French fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740. An abridgement was published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèves, with an English ...


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According to Wiki: A113 (sometimes A-113 or A1-13) is an inside joke, an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students including John Lasseter and Brad Bird. You can see John Lasseter explaining it here: ...


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It's already been pointed out that not all Disney films include the death of a parent, but there are indeed a few that does and the reason for that, I believe, is because of the targeted audience. Children. For most children, parents are thought of as gods. Not in the sense that they are always respected and obeyed (unfortunately), but in the sense that ...


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According to the Logos wiki, In 2006, Walt Disney Pictures started using a new intro with a new CGI animation with a very complex depiction of the Sleepy Beauty Castle and its surroundings. It was a clear change from the old blue and white intro with its stylized castle and 2D animation. The new intro was first used on Pirates of the ...


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I would venture to guess that it's due to marketing. Being a princess is a very common fantasy among young girls that probably predates the Disney Princesses franchise. The combination of romance and beautiful dresses has a big appeal to that demographic. On the flip side we have the male counterpart: the prince. For the young girl demographic the prince's ...


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Sesame Street began in 1969, under the direction of the Children's Television Workshop (now known as Sesame Workshop). Jim Henson was contracted to provide the puppets for that show. At that time, Jim Henson was also producing a number of specials starring other Muppet characters (Kermit, for example, had been created for a local TV show in 1955, and Rowlf ...


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I know that The Wizard of Oz predates Forbidden Planet by 17 years - and Metropolis predates it by 30 years. Ultimately though, I think the first use of rear projected matte paintings was by Georges Melies in his films from 1902 - 1904. You can read more about his techniques here. EDIT I had to watch Forbidden Planet again, and the mattes you reference ...


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Nothing so dramatic. Prior to Sesame Street's creation, Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets) already had a show called The Muppets. The cast of this show are the Muppets of The Muppets franchise (including the movies). When The Children's Television Workshop started developing Sesame Street they wanted puppets to be part of the program, so they asked Jim ...


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This is conjecture on my part, but I believe these are idealizations of other attractions at the various Disney theme parks. (Trying to find a source to back me up.) The train is the Disneyland Railroad and the ship is the Sailing Ship Columbia


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I couldn't find anything relating to Taylor Swift, but the following link refers to an interview with Idina Menzel regarding her role in Enchanted and why she didn't sing... She said when asked: "It's a compliment really that everybody misses my singing. Nancy was never written with a song, honestly, so I think Kevin was a fan of mine and honestly ...


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When writing for children, it is quite common (regardless of authorship or medium) to minimize the role of parents in the story. Many non-Disney or pre-Disney children's stories find a good way of reducing or removing the role of parents. Here are some prominent examples from non-Disney stories: The Chronicles of Naria - despite having children from many ...


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I've found no references about this anywhere online, so I'm going to say no, they are not (deliberate) references. There are plenty of Easter Eggs that Disney, and Pixar in particular, are famous for. For an example of these, see this link. However, no member of the production team for any of these films has made any comment about observations like yours, ...


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Prince Hans' main motive is to become King of Arendelle. To do that, two things must happen first: He has to marry Princess Anna. Queen Elsa has to die. After Elsa flees Arendelle and Anna follows her Hans' plans are put on hold. Both Elsa and Anna are now out of his reach. So he has to play the Good Guy for the time being and bide his time. When Anna's ...


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You may not want to believe it but they use psychoanalysts/psychologists in the motion picture industry to asses "what sells the story better" trends, habits etc. They've obviously worked out that kids can relate to the characters better if the character is a more like themselves. It makes perfect logical sense in fact. Don't forget that movie making is a ...


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It must be Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, where mail character played by Lindsay Lohan is a 15 year old girl who admires Rock Band Sidarthur. But soon she listen to the news that band is breaking and his rival girls are going to their last concert and she is not getting any pass. She with her friend go their uninvited but can't able to see concert. ...


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Funnily, this morning, I half-asleep suddenly remembered a few more details. After some time searching Google, YouTube and Wikipedia, I was finally able to find what I was looking for. To my surprise, the scene is not from some other movie, but indeed from the Little Mermaid TV series. I got quite a few things wrong, like the boyfriend stuff or claiming the ...


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Here is an article based on a Malcolm Gladwell argument that suggests that the loss of a parent in real life makes one more likely to have either great success or great failure. I think there could be a truth here that the Disney movies are consciously or unconsciously tapping into. The article and its comments may offer some good insights: Successful ...


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Everything Prince Hans has done up to that point was to win Elsa's favour. Helping her save her sister is his golden ticket to securing Anna's favour, which is important if he hopes to marry Anna. This is a crucial part of to his plan, and he passes up no opportunity to keep making a good impression on her... up to the point where he learns that Anna will ...


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Per Krazer's answer, the only Disney channel show that seems to fit the bill is Ōban Star-Racers. Notably, the show is in an anime style, the primary character (Molly) has red hair and there are many races seen. She also has an extensive fan-base and several friends. The description on Wikipedia closely mirrors your own: In the year 2082, Earth has ...


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I think it's safe to assume there is usually one main reason why famous musicians are cast in non-singing roles (though it's something most directors would probably refrain from saying): Famous musicians can be expected to draw a certain number of viewers -- often from a demographic that the movie would not otherwise attract.


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The scene before the castle reflects the Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington area (separated by the Snake river). Steamboats were once used on this river. This is where Walt's wife Lillian is from and where they were married! If you view an image of the Lewiston/Clarkston valley, you'll see the basis of this image at the confluence of the Snake & ...


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In the Disney movie, the Eiffel tower is shown (during the song "Be our guest"), however construction of the Eiffel tower wasn't until the late 1880s, so it could have been set around then (or else it's sloppy work by Disney).



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