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Disney and Star Wars Cosplay at ConnectiCon 2009

4 Aug

Most of the cosplay at ConnectiCon is either anime or gaming characters, but since it’s a multi-genre conference, all sorts of characters show up! Here are a few Disney costumes I spotted last weekend at the Hartford Convention Center (and captured with my sub-optimal camera phone, unfortunately).

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, with the Cheshire Cat

Tinker Bell and Peter Pan

Tink and Peter, woot!

The 501st Legion Connecticut Garrison

The 501st Legion Connecticut Garrison! I was lucky enough to interview a representative; watch for this on the Those Darn Cats podcast in coming weeks.

Carl Fredricksen from Up

Carl Fredricksen, from Pixar's Up. After I took his picture, he gave me a balloon. ❤

Kirk vs. Vader

The ultimate nerd showdown!!!

Aladdin

Prince Ali, fabulous he

Kiki

Kiki, from Kiki's Delivery Service (an ever-popular costume for sure)

Maleficent

Maleficent, evil incarnate, seems strangely out of place against the backdrop of Convention Center striped carpet

Silent Kimbly Peter Pan!

20 Nov

 

From Silent Kimbly, one of my must-read super-cute webcomics.

Animation Affectionados Blast Peter Pan

19 Mar

Mr Broke Hoedown just sent me this link: Blast that Peter Pan! From the article:

The Disney DVD folks have issued a new, 2-disc version of Walt’s animated Peter Pan. Here’s an Amazon link to purchase it and here’s why you might not want to. A number of animation websites (like this one) have erupted in discussion of the transfer which some say is not what it should be.

Throwing Tomatoes at Peter Pan

7 Mar

Mr Broke Hoedown (aka Collateral Damage) just sent me this link to The Consumerist: Disney Advertises Peter Pan DVD On Tomato Stickers, For Some Inexpicable Reason. I’m not surprised that Disney’s advertising on fruit . . . I am a bit amused that they’ve chosen tomatoes, given that when I think “movie” and “tomato” in the same sentence, I’m gonna imagine throwing them at the screen, or think of RottenTomatoes.com.

And I must sadly agree with the comment expressed on that The Consumerist that one should really throw tomatoes at the screen during the song “What Makes the Red Man Red.” As much as I love Tinker Bell (and I do so love her!), I simply can’t turn a blind eye to the offensive images of indigenous people in Peter Pan. My son brings this up sometimes when we ride the Peter Pan’s Flight attraction . . . and I’m grateful that he knows enough to challenge stereotypes.

So, if you’re going to be picking up this new DVD release, and especially if you’re going to show it to your kids, please think about this. Take a few minutes to learn more about indigenous communities, and share what you learn with your kids. Offensive stereotypes can lose their power when we learn more about our real world, and challenge what we see in the media.

And if you think your own perceptions of the world haven’t been affected by stereotypes and cultural conditioning, think again.  Harvard University’s Project Implicit has a number of self-tests which are founded on solid research, and may help you better understand the assumptions you carry.

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