Saturday, March 04, 2017

Top of the class. Potentially homosexual characters in Disney animated films.

Whilst it's always good to push forward with equality, I think the recent press around Disney's first gay character is rather descructive. For too long filmmakers have struggled to represent homosexuality and LGBT stories but they have in their own way. Perhaps the best example for Disney is the animated Beauty and the Beast, heavily inspired by Howard Ashman's experience with AIDS. To suggest that there were no homosexual characters before in a canon where many characters don't express sexuality at all (and therefore can have unconfirmed orientation) is sad, and makes me fear that we're seen as much more 'other' than I did when watching these films from childhood. Thankfully I do see us in Disney since their first animated feature film, and here's 10 to celebrate this.

  1. Elsa from Frozem
  2. Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast 
  3. Zazu from The Lion King
  4. Scar from The Lion King
  5. The gargoyles from The Hunchback of Norte Dame 
  6. Bashful from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  7. Rex from Toy Story
  8. Dumbo
  9. Friend Owl from Bambi
  10. Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove

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