| CherryBlossom wrote:|
I actually wrote my dissertation on Disney--the representations of villainy and evil in particular (race, gender, sexuality etc). I don't think Disney was ever really into thicker body types in animation. Looking at all of the princesses from Snow White to Ariel I found that they all looked the same body-wise...slim and graceful with slight ("non-intimidating") curves.
That's mainly because a lot of the classic princesses were modelled after real life dancer's bodies--you would have the dancers moving and then the animators would "draw" over that footage (it's called rotoscoping).
In fact, I'm pretty sure that all of Disney's animated characters were modelled after real people. But Disney liked to hide that fact lol...it breaks the illusion of magic and fairy dust.
Now THAT'S a dude I'd want the skinny on, he seems sinister as sh*t and it's amazing he's behind one of the biggest children's empires out there. I heard he was a nazi sympathizer as well!
I can imagine they went to keep those bodies looking as underdeveloped as possible, to hold onto the whole immature/youthful vibe.