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Life Action Remakes of Animated Films
Specifically looking at Disney, it seems to be a fad of late that animated films from the past are being given a life-action face lift. Is there an actual reason behind re-creating the Disney classics other than doing so from a purely capitalistic standpoint? There is controversy that Disney films are quite dark and if they are appropriate for their target audience, that is children. So are these remakes being created to be targeted more towards the children and being used to censor their animated predecessors?
Fantastic points being made and something that is constantly being debated in. North American society. Especially since society is falling into this bubble wrapped state where children are not getting the real world experiences or being exposed to situations that help create and further develop skills that are required to be a healthy and fully functioning adult.
Parents are beginning to protect their children from all aspects of real life scenarios. By “protecting” them from a safe way (film) of being exposed to some of the dangers of real life is only creating what will become a negative backlash for the child in the future.
It is interesting to read this article, because I was not aware of the media backlash pertaining to men making negative connotations to Amy and not seeing, on the flip side, the more hidden insanity of Nick’s character. I do, however, remember having debates with my one friend about the fact that, yes, Amy did act very irrationally and in a crazy manner. However, Nick was also at fault and my friend had to at least recognize that there was insanity being emoted on both sides.
Really enjoyed The Pygmalion analysis of the film. This article also does a fantastic job of great job of breaking down some gender binaries in the sense that there is a reason for the females to be dressing themselves up in an overly sexual fashion and that there is a darker way to be appeasing to the male gaze. When thinking of the female character in such a manner it is kind of reminiscent of femme fatales, but taking on a more aggressive shape.