Funny thing, it seems I received a lot of J+H asks last week! What did people ask? Let’s find out! (+one Frozen question at the end)
Do you think Jekyll would have snapped if Hyde never was created and took the pressure off him for a while? And how would Jekyll snap and/or lose it?
He would have reached a breaking point one way or another. At worst, he may have attempted suicide or tried to drink himself to death. Most likely the second, as I don’t think he would like the stigma attached to suicide. He would very much have liked a romantic death. Perhaps he could have found a way to come down with consumption? The invalid lifestyle would have appealed to Jekyll greatly.
Alternatively he would have ragequit London entirely, his spectacular exit complete with power ballad and Important Hair Cut. Maybe magical costume change?
Hey! So I’m not very good at Post Office.
I’m noticing that my Etsy packages are being charged at least 2.07$, which I think means they are being labeled as “parcels”. This seems a shame to me because they tend to weight only about 1 once each, so I feel like there should be a cheaper way to send them out.
This shipping thing is really bugging me because the items themselves are very cheap—I’m actually struggling to make the total cost of shipping (shipping+tracking+cost of shipping package) LESS than the item itself, but so far I haven’t come up with a solution. :(
It’s true that the exact social environment of the Victorian period doesn’t exist in modern day, but the kind of social pressures are certainly still around. Even if you live in a society that is generally accepting and liberal, you may carry with you a set of repressive values from your childhood that control your perception of the world. Or you may find yourself in a small, suffocating environment of people who regularly scrutinize you and judge you based on superficial things (as can easily happen in a highschool, workplace, etc.)
If the story of Jekyll and Hyde still speaks to modern audiences, then it must hit some emotional chord with people in their own lives. If modern society were 100% different from the late Victorian era, Jekyll and Hyde would probably have faded entirely from popular memory. Instead it’s one of the most well-known and commonly referenced stories in existence. I think that says something by itself!
Nitpicky nerd thing, but I don’t think the actual text of the story makes much reference to religion. Jekyll seems much more concerned with social pressures than religious ones. He cares much more about the judgment of people around him, rather than judgement from God.
"People do complain about the entire animation industry and the diversity of the industry itself."
That very well may be! I myself have yet to see a single post that speaks of Frozen with reference to the industry as a whole. I’ve mostly seen the opposite: people comparing it negatively to other animated films. This may be due to the particular people I follow and the areas of the internet I tend to frequent (not a great many). I have, for instance, literally never seen a post criticizing race in Game of Thrones, but I feel like there have to be some out there, right?
"Also, if you take issue with calling designs lazy would you also take issue with describing writing as lazy?"
Actually … I kind of would! For reference: I come from a family that places an enormous amount of a person’s self worth on their work and productivity, so “lazy” is actually one of the nastiest insults you can lob at me. (Incidentally, the other two nastiest insults for me are “stupid” and “not nice.”) Admittedly, I am totally sure I have made casual references to “lazy writing” in the past, but it’s something I try to avoid. I feel that “lazy” falls into the same category as “forced”—it’s damning while being frustratingly vague. It puts you in a place of superiority but doesn’t really help you learn from the flaw you’ve identified.
To me, “lazy” has the zing of a personal insult—it’s a comment on the story, but it’s an implied judgment call on the writer as well. (And possibly, if the overall comment is negative enough, on anyone who enjoys the story.) Granted, I have a pretty thin skin about this kind of stuff, but I do think that creating a comfortable environment for discussion is important!
I try to be more descriptive in my critique and, whenever possible, try to figure out where that flaw might have stemmed from. Obviously this is the sort of thing that not everyone wants to take the time to do, but it’s incredibly helpful for me as a creator. Being less judgmental on the works of others helps me feel less afraid of making my own mistakes. :)
One eighth: General irritation with misinformation or oversimplification of how the animation industry works, complicated by the sound-bite, contextless culture of tumblr
Needless to say, I’m mostly referring to the “historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult quote.” Is it problematic? Yeah! But holy heck was this damn quote blown out of proportion. Thoughts on the subject, in no particular order:
1) I am pretty sure he meant something totally different. What’s he’s really referring to is the notion of “appeal” which is a nebulous concept that no one can agree on but which roughly translates to “pleasing to look at”. That can mean pretty, but it can also be pleasing to look at, say, the carefully angular face of Scar or one of Glen Keane’s scenes of the Beast. Making appealing characters is really, really, really hard to do. For anyone. It’s an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue that he used “pretty” rather than “appeal”, but I’m pretty sure the guy was enormously sleep-deprived.
2) The phrase “historically speaking” is key here, and taps into a much bigger problem that I have not seen pointed out. This is not a problem about Frozen. This is not only a problem about Disney. This is a problem that is engrained in animation history. And animation is an industry that is obsessed with looking nostalgically backwards, with the Nine Old Men, with the original Warner Brothers cartoons. If you’re going to criticize Frozen, you have to be able to look at the entire history of animation and see where that unspoken prejudice about women got started.
3) The facial type used in Frozen/Tangled got its start, specifically, with Glen Keane. You may notice that Rapunzel’s design is strikingly similar to Ariel’s, as well. Keane had a big influence on the female characters of the 90s-era on. He’s an amazing animator but it’s hard not to notice the similarities in all his female characters compared to his male characters. If you’re going to start a witch hunt against anyone, you should start one against Keane!