Icon. Legend. EDNA.

The Animation panel at this weekend’s D23 Expo just wrapped up and we got a lot of news and previews for what’s to come. One of my favorite things to come out of the event was this absolutely fabulous video highlighting the genius behind fashion icon, Edna Mode. Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen, and more join in the praise fest to highlight the fashion icon herself. No capes, of course.

May her star shine bright from years to come.

Great YouTube Series You’re Not Watching: Disney Design Challenge

Welcome to our new series highlighting some fantastic Disney-based content being released on YouTube!

Disney Style has been really putting out some great stuff on their YouTube channel in recent months. From lookbooks to DIY videos, they’re becoming a great content machine with high view counts to back them up.

However, one new series they’ve begun has, unfortunately, gotten lost in the shuffle. Disney Design Challenge is their first foray into reality and it works pretty well.

It follows students at the OTIS College of Art and Design trying to create a collection based around Frozen. The students get to choose and character and create a line that evokes the film, the personality/fashion of the character, along with a distinct style found in Los Angeles, like Hollywood Glamour or Streetwear.

The student who wins gets a scholarship for their final year of college and the website Nineteenth Amendment will sell their designs.

The final presentations and winner was just announced and I really enjoyed seeing their designs and how they took these Disney characters to such a high fashion place. A live finale episode is being released soon, where the designs that will be for sale will be announced which is uber exciting. I’m hoping they aren’t pricey, ’cause I hopefully plan on picking up a few pieces.

Be sure to click below to watch the short series from the beginning!

ABC’s Minnie Driver & America Ferrera gets frank on Feminism in Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter has a series of Roundtables every year released around their respective award shows, highlighting those who have given us inspired performances within their mediums. The TV episodes are starting to be released just as Emmy nominations are being locked in. I wait with bated breath every year for the TV Comedy Actresses panel as they are consistently the most real, honest, and inspiring conversations. This year is no exception.

There are two veterans of ABC this time around, with America Ferrera (who won the 2007 Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy and Golden Globe for Ugly Betty) and Minnie Driver (currently starring in the fabulous Wednesday night sitcom Speechless, which is a required Hulu binge).

Both talk about the importance of intersectional female stories being told on television, the underlying patriarchal basis of nudity on television, and the many factors that go into the pay disparity for women in the workplace and whether or not it has become a lose-lose situation.

The conversation is fascinating, enlightening, and all the women on the panel (including the fabulous Issa Rae, who’s HBO show Insecure was a highlight of this television season) bring poise and humor to the topics discussed.

It is an hour long, so grab a snack and a cup of tea (literal and figurative) and hang out with these fabulous women talkin’ ’bout feminism.

 

ANT-MAN Shorts Stun (& Shrink)

I am a self-proclaimed superhero hater. I don’t like Marvel movies. (I watched both Guardians. I still don’t understand the obsession, sans the inclusion of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac. That ish was the only fun part for me.) I don’t enjoy the over-the-top noticeable three act structure. I’m tired of various white men fighting others and being stressed about their lives. It’s bo-ring. When Disney bought Marvel back in 2009, I tried really hard to get into the MCU, but quickly fell off. Captain America: The First Avenger is one I still love, but that’s mostly due to the period setting.

With this in mind, I’ve skipped out on a lot of Marvel material. The only Marvel thing in recent memory that has me truly excited is Black Panther ’cause Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan (also, that trailer tho). I actually avoid Marvel news because I, unfortunately, don’t care all that much.

However, recently I came across these new ANT-MAN shorts on Disney XD and oh my god, they are incredible. French filmmakers Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach lead the production of these six minute-long shorts, and they are breathtaking. The writing and plot lines are sharp (i.e. Ant-Man having to deal with Yellow Jacket, while simultaneously trying to save his daughter’s science fair project.) and the pacing is exceptional. However, the biggest win is the animation style.

This 1970s-80s, pop art, technicolor wonderland is my new everything. Everything pops and has a sense of wonder that we don’t see a lot in current Disney Television Animation, especially the 2-D stuff. I hope some of my favorite Disney Instagramers, like the queen @leslieakay takes some inspiration from these shorts for some new outfits and pics.

The more the Marvel universe becomes more experimental and fun like these shorts, the more onboard I will be. Here’s to ANT-MAN!

Be sure to check out these shorts on DisneyXD’s official YouTube channel.

 

“Star Wars: Forces of Destiny” Debuts Galactic Feminism

The first in a series of Star Wars shorts was just released and it is two minutes and forty-eight seconds of pure joy. The new Star Wars: Forces of Destiny shorts will follow the various kick butt women of the Star Wars universe in small stories that take place within their respective timelines.

“Sands of Jakku” was just released on Disney’s YouTube channel and it follows Rey soon after meeting BB-8. The story is simple, but shows the true character of Rey. She is swift, smart, and solicitous. Take a look below at the first short.

Daisy Ridley reprised her role for the short, which was great. The animation style is rather simple, but I adored how you could see everything in her eyes. She cares about everyone, from droids to monsters. How can you not love Rey?!

The series will follow other powerful Star Wars females, like Jyn Erso (from Rogue One), Ahsoka Tano (from The Clone Wars and, more importantly, voiced by Muffy from That’s So Raven), and Padme Amidala (from the prequels).

I am openly not a huge Star Wars fan. I really enjoyed The Force Awakens, but everything else I’ve seen just isn’t my cup of tea. However, give me some small doses of animation, sprinkle in a gorgeous title card (narrated by my queen, Lupita Nyong’o, no less), and some female empowerment and I am all in.

These will be slowly released online and will be also airing on Disney Channel. I’m excited for more and looking forward to more girls seeing heroes that look like them. May the Force Be With You.