Disney has created their first plus size main character for a powerful short film about body dysmorphism.
In the company’s 85-year history of filmmaking, larger-sized characters have played only the roles of villains or extras, and fans praised the change.
The film, titled Reflect, follows the story of a young curvy ballet dancer “who fights against her own reflection and overcomes doubt and fear by channeling her inner strength, grace and strength.”
One to watch: Disney has created their first plus size main character for a powerful short film about body dysmorphism titled Reflect
The movie, directed by Hillary Bradfield, is is part of the second series of Short Circuit – a series of experimental short films.
The animation has left fans in tears, with one viewer writing that she wished the movie had been made when she was a child.
They tweeted: “The 16-year-old I needed this Disney shortly before I quit ballet because I didn’t want to be the fat girl in class anymore. I’m glad the little ones have this. 10/10 for Reflect!’
Powerful: The film follows the story of a young curmudgeon ballet dancer “who fights against her own reflection and overcomes doubt and fear by channeling her inner strength, grace and strength”
New move: In the company’s 85-year history of filmmaking, larger-sized characters have only played the role of villain or extra, and fans praised the change
Other viewers shared: ‘I saw this Disney short film called Reflect and it broke me emotionally. It’s about a little plus size girl who is doing ballet and the mirrors start to swallow her up because of her body insecurity, but she destroys them anyway by dancing.’;
‘THIS IS NOT EXERCISE! Disney+ FINALLY made shorts with a plus size line! It’s called Reflect and it’s part of the Short Circuit short series. Let’s just say I was sobbing.’
Reflect is available to watch on Disney+.
Sweet: The animation has left fans in tears, with one viewer writing that she wished the movie had been made when she was a kid
Disney fans have long called on the company to create plus-size princesses, with a 2015 post showing Disney characters with a plus-size makeover went viral.
Last year was Disney accused of forcing “unrealistic beauty standards” on children after they included a character of exaggerated proportions in the short film Inner Workings.
Originally released in 2016, the animated short tells the story of an office worker named Paul who must tame his desire to break out of his boring routine and have some fun.
Unusual: Last year, Disney was accused of forcing “unrealistic beauty standards” on children after it included a character of exaggerated proportions in the short film Inner Workings
But it’s Paul’s love interest Kate that has sparked outrage online, thanks to her huge derriere, thin arms and tiny waist barely bigger than her neck.
Dozens of social media users objected to the unrealistic depiction of Kate’s body after screenshots of the cartoon were shared online by the US-based company. Twitter user Glitch, who shared them with the caption: ‘In no world did [Disney] must do this.’
The post, which featured an image of Kate, sparked new criticism online, with users accusing Disney of setting “unrealistic” body standards for its young audience.
Body dysmorphia is a mental illness in which a person is obsessively concerned about flaws in their physical appearance.
Sufferers develop compulsive behaviors and routines, such as overusing mirrors or completely avoiding them.
These obsessions and behaviors cause emotional stress and have a significant impact on people’s ability to go about their daily lives.
In this way, the condition is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
BDD can vary in severity from person to person and from day to day.
For some people, concerns about their appearance can make it difficult for them to go out in public or see other people.
For others, they have to uphold what they see as a perfect look.
BDD can also cause other problems, such as shame, guilt, and loneliness.
People with the condition may self-isolate to avoid situations where their appearance may cause them anxiety or awkwardness.
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