as I’ve sort of mentioned in previous posts and conversations, I have a very strong ambition to write a BIG GAY DISNEY PRINCESS MOVIE (erm, that’s only the working title) and, unless something should go terribly wrong, I’m planning for that to be my screenplay project when I hit grad school this fall. [Note: if for whatever reason Tisch is like “no you can’t write a fake Disney movie, come on” I’ll just write it outside of school, so whatever. this is happening.]
I have the protagonists all sorted out, and the basic skeleton of a plot (spoiler alert: girl is all set to marry boy, villain kidnaps boy, girl hires lady rogue to help her rescue boy, girl and lady rogue fall in love, boy is totes fine with it), but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I know how important the idea of this movie is to me—the concept of a Disney-esque animated feature where two girls fall for each other and that’s supported and normalized—and so I think community input is crucial. We’ve all been waiting for one. All of you have an idea of what you’d want it to look like. I want to use those shapes, if I can.
Disclaimer: I can’t promise that all or even any of your suggestions will be in the final product. Thus is the nature of movies. But I appreciate every single contribution, and my mind will be open.
SO. To the questions!
1. Are there any fables/myths/legends/historical events/etc that you think would make excellent Disney-style movies that haven’t been used yet?
2. Are there any fables/myths/legends/historical events/etc that you think particularly lend themselves to queering? Why? (i.e., many people view The Little Mermaid through a trans* lens, for example) It’s fine if there’s no overlap with question 1, or if those tales have been made into movies.
3. As a member of the LGBTQA+ community, do any movies from the Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks/etc canon speak to you as being particularly queered? Why did that work for you? Were there ever moments where they lost you? (Bonus points if you mention movies that are not Frozen, Brave or Mulan, but I’m looking more for your interactions with the text/how you think it affected you from childhood into adulthood than discussions of each movie’s plot. Any movie will help.)
4. What kinds of villains tend to appeal to you MOST in animated features? Why?
5. What kinds of villains tend to appeal to you LEAST in animated features? Why?
6. What is your stance on animal sidekicks? Necessary? Superfluous? Somewhere in the middle?
7. Would it still feel like a Disney princess movie to you if there were no magic? Part of me is like “magic is a metaphor and is therefore unnecessary if they’re already gay” and the rest of me is like “BUT MAGIC THO” and I can’t decide. Too Willow-and-Tara? Crucial to the genre? Discuss.
8. What messages/themes/content do you think would be absolutely ESSENTIAL to a movie for children about a queer princess? (i.e. “I would want multiple same-gender relationships to show that the main pair isn’t an anomaly,” “I’m sensitive about bi erasure and would want that discussed somehow,” whatever.)
9. What messages/themes/content do you think should be absolutely AVOIDED in a movie for children about a queer princess? (i.e. “I’m so over homophobic parents, just let them be happy,” “Please don’t make the villain LGBTQA+ because that’s already a stigma/cliche trope,” whatever.)
10. FREE SPACE—if you have any other suggestions, or questions, or concerns, go ahead and put them here.
Okay! So you can put your answers to these questions in my submit box, or you can send it via fanmail, or you can even just stick ‘em in under a reblog. Whatever works for you! I’ll be keeping track of this post. (If we’re friends and you have my email, email me about this anytime, day or night).
PLEASE signal boost this, because again, the more input and data I have, the more I’ll feel like I can make something that represents the best of us.
(oh, and final note, people who identify as straight are also totally welcome to respond to these questions, especially 1 and 4-7. Door’s wide open, safe space, all god’s children, whatever.)
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(I don’t know how to make graphics so instead you get shitty paint stars that I made with my trackpad I hope you appreciate them)
I’m just kind of staggered honestly. like this happened really fast and I’m not sure how but I am super grateful to all of you. like, wow. thank you so much.
this is going to be very writer-focused. writers are important. <3
special mention to the three ob writers that I’ve been reading obsessively lately (hover for text):
and everyone else! writers to check out are bolded, blogs that don’t post much/any orphan black are italicized.
(some of the people I haven’t bolded are also amazing writers but are just not very prolific—definitely check out my fanfic tag as well)
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