Disney Addresses “Sensitive” Issues Amid Pixar Backlash

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The Walt Disney Company is known for adding special messages or “easter eggs” to movies.

Disney, founded by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney, has been a pioneer in the animation industry since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, the first-ever full-length animated feature film. Over the decades, Disney has continued to create a vast and diverse array of animated films that have become timeless classics.

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Disney movies often feature strong moral lessons, enchanting fairy tales, and musical numbers that leave a lasting impact. Some iconic Disney films include The Lion King (1994), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1995), and Cinderella (1950). These movies entertain and convey valuable lessons about love, courage, and the triumph of good over evil. Disney has embraced computer-generated animation in films like Frozen (2013) and Moana (2016), blending cutting-edge technology with the studio’s signature storytelling.

The collaboration between Disney and Pixar resulted in a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful animated films. Notable examples include Toy Story 3 (2010), Finding Nemo (2003), Up (2009), and Inside Out (2015). These films seamlessly integrated the storytelling magic of Disney with the technological innovation and emotional depth characteristic of Pixar.

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Pixar’s storytelling often revolves around relatable human experiences, even if the characters are toys, monsters, or robots. Toy Story, Pixar’s first feature film released in 1995, was a groundbreaking achievement in animation and storytelling, introducing audiences to the world of computer-animated films.

Pixar Animation Studio has continued to raise the bar with films like Finding Nemo, Inside Out, and the Toy Story sequels. These movies are celebrated for their heartwarming narratives, humor, and impressive animation techniques.

What sets Pixar apart is its ability to explore complex themes and emotions, making animated films that resonate with both children and adults. The studio has received backlash for pushing the boundaries of animation and storytelling, winning numerous Academy Awards, and influencing the industry as a whole.

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One Pixar film, Inside Out (2015), takes audiences on a captivating journey into the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, exploring the emotions that guide her through the ups and downs of life.

The movie’s central characters are anthropomorphic emotions residing in Riley’s mind: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. These emotions work together at Headquarters, a control center inside Riley’s mind, to navigate her daily experiences and memories. Each emotion has its unique personality, contributing to Riley’s emotional responses.

This movie became a hit due to its heartwarming nature and allowed viewers to feel what the child was feeling. Due to its success, Disney and Pixar are in the process of making an Inside Out sequel. This sequel will be missing two main characters, however, new characters will shine, such as Anixey, Ennui, Embarrassment, and Envy.

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The Direct recently reported on Inside Out Sequel and answered all the guests fans have been wondering about.

“I’m especially excited about Anxiety … There are a lot of different types of anxiety, but we’re really leaning into social anxiety, wanting to fit in and be part of a group. Wondering, ‘Am I good enough?’,” Inside Out 2 director Kelsey Mann said in an interview with Empire Magazine.

The Inside Out Sequel will focus on anxiety and deals with hard topics such as “Am I good Enough”, and puberty.

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While this is still a family-friendly film, these tough topics may be difficult for children.

What are your thoughts on these tough topics?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.