Disney’s world was established on traditional European fantasy and mystical legend, but with their current involvement of global cultures, they are able to capture the hearts of large populations throughout the world. Their viewers now have the chance to see themselves represented accurately in the media whether they be from America, Europe, or even Asia. The intricacy of the stories with culture-interlaced and represented in them- accurately, might we add- Disney is making everyone feel more welcomed and take pride in their cultures, especially those that belong to our youngest generations.
Here are some Disney movies, according to Collider, that have won all our admiration for their inclusivity:
Encanto is a vivid presentation of ordinary life in Colombia, with reggaeton, Cali salsa, Colombian mountains, and vibrant flora and animals. The Madrigal household depicts a range of cultural variety that appropriately portrays the Colombian people through emphasizing cuisine, music, and family. Encanto, as an homage to Colombian history, is open about the displacement and political struggle that has traditionally impacted its people. The concept of home in Mirabel’s trip is not based on geography, but rather on the preservation of art, environment, and legacy. The film emphasizes on creating relationships as a feeling of community, as shown in the ethnic mix of the Madrigal family.
Turning Red (2022)
By delving into the cross-cultural identities of first-generation immigrant kids, Disney ventures into relatively new ground. Turning Red clearly addresses many of Disney’s Western POC viewers, where understanding the intricacies of old and new cultures appears to be a typical challenge for many. With references to early 2000s obsessions like K-Pop, Turning Red gives Asian audiences with a sense of familiarity. However, bigger cultural conflict feelings, which are generally forbidden in the Disney image, are also incorporated as a way of perceptive depiction. This brings up a thoughtful dialogue for young Asian audiences, where the clash of Asian diasporic traditions like filial piety is a rite of passage.
Coco has been lauded as one of Disney’s most finely detailed films in terms of cultural portrayal. It honors Mexico’s and Latin America’s historical and cultural values via a bright display of aesthetics, subject, and soundtrack. The film delves into the deep foundations of ancestral relationships, embracing ancient Day of the Dead customs with intricate costume and set design. Throughout Miguel’s journey, traditional afterlife symbols such as Marigold flowers and Veladora candles appear. The film also includes discussions on traditional literature and folklore, which provide more context for the mythology underlying some beliefs. The accompanying soundtrack, which featured marimba, jawbone rattle, and zapateo rhythm instrumentals, was issued in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to commemorate Mexican music.
Brave connects the globe to the cultural heritage of Medieval Scotland through an elaborate plot and setting, praising the country. The movie depicts 10th century folklore, dress, and royalty. Brave meticulously remodels the Scottish Highlands scenery with backgrounds of traditional Standing Stones and engravings on Pictish Stones. The film also incorporates legend from these locales, as the enigmatic ‘will o’ the wisp’ has an impact on Merida’s story. Brave delves into medieval class and aristocracy practices by combining marriage and clothes as methods of status. There is also a cultural fashion festival, with three original tartans made for the film, each representing a different Clan. The Clan DunBroch tartan was later submitted to the Scottish Register of Tartans by the Walt Disney Company.
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
Lilo and Stitch authentically recreates the scenic environment of Kaua’i, Hawaii in its animated setting. Character ties famously stressed the concept of ‘Ohana: where family transcends beyond the bounds of blood when embodying Hawaiian ideals. Design elements were discussed with cultural dance specialist Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu. Animators recreated hula dance by drawing and tracing performances down to the smallest details. Lilo and Stitch eloquently capture how the Hawaiian spirit has prevailed throughout the island’s history.
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Kumadra’s imaginary universe is an engaging celebration of Southeast Asia, delving into the cultural complexities of architecture, dress, and traditional rituals. Every aspect in the video guarantees that a Southeast Asian nation is accurately represented. Salakót headpiece and sampot clothing, as seen on Raya, are traditional Cambodian and Filipino traditions. Many backgrounds’ architecture reflects those of their various cultures, like Indonesian Rumah Gadang visible in Fang and Taiwanese and Vietnamese floating marketplaces found in Tallon. Fighting sequences combined Muay Thai and Pencak Silat techniques.