5:53 pm - 04/18/2012

The Dark Side Of Disney

If you've ever watched a Disney animation as an adult, you'll notice the darker side of fairy tales. What seemed like a life-lesson battle between good and bad, actually touched on some fairly controversial issues, like Ursula in "The Little Mermaid" resembling more of a devil-character than just a villain. Artist Rowan Stocks-Moorerealized these deeper threads and captured the seedy underbelly of the classic cartoons in remakes of their posters.

"In recent years I have re-watched some Disney films and noticed a much darker tone than I remembered as a child, (though even as a child who can forget the infamous death scene in Bambi?!)," Stocks-Moore wrote.

Stocks-Moore has always been a fan of the Disney movies. Though as his world perspective changed, so did his perspective on the films. The fantasy world of the movies often masked the deeper stories, a dichotomy reflected in his posters. "The Little Mermaid" shows Arial diving into the ocean with her tail a part of the ship that kills Ursula, granting the little mermaid use of her legs and voice.

"I decided I would combine this love of Disney with the darker tones I'd picked up on to create some new poster art that would appeal more to adults than to children, but would still reflect the inherent magical charm of the Disney movies they depict," he wrote.

His posters are available for purchase on Stocks-Moore's Etsy site.


wellalr1ght 18th-Apr-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my professor said from day one, "I am going to ruin all of your favorite movies". Pretty accurate, but I do think it's interesting to dissect just what messages the films are sending.
pluckygirl 18th-Apr-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Like what? I would love to be in that class!!!
wellalr1ght 18th-Apr-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
It's an awesome class! We were observing how Ariel was portrayed versus Eric but also Ursula, who was the older, independent, but "ugly" woman while Ariel was this female whose most important trait was her singing voice and her beauty.

We also have watched Rebel Without a Cause and today we watched Boyz in the Hood, focusing on the masculine aspects of the films :)
lusushi 18th-Apr-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
that sounds like an awesome class
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