Disney Reflect Short Film

Disney’s “Reflect” stars a plus-size young ballet dancer. Fans are thrilled

Disney has finally found its first plus-sized young heroine and internet fans are thrilled.

Disney+’s “Reflect” short film is now available on Disney+. It tells the story of Bianca, a young ballet dancer who struggles to accept her body. Although the film was initially released on Disney+ in September as part of the Short Circuit Experimental Films series by the studio, many social media users now celebrate “Reflect” as a victory for representation among young girls.

One Twitter user said that 16-year-old me needed the Disney shorts before I quit ballet. “I didn’t want my class to be fat anymore.” I’m glad that little ones will be able to have this. Reflect!

“I don’t think you’ll understand, this is Ariel,” a TikTok user stated in a video captioned “(Disney+), you got me in your feelings.”

Hillary Bradfield, the director of the film, stated that body positivity is something she strongly believes in an interview at the beginning of the short. She explained that it was natural to view the film through the eyes of a dancer.

Bradfield stated, “It’s part of the craft that you have to look at your posture and check things in the mirror. It just seemed like a great way to put her into that environment where she must take a good look at herself and doesn’t want to.”

Bianca can overcome her negative emotions and dance freely in the short video. Bradfield explained that it can be difficult to find body positivity and self-acceptance.

Bradfield stated, “When people see the short, they can feel more positive about themselves and how their look and be okay about the difficult parts of their journey.” Sometimes you have to go to the dark side to reach the good. That makes the good places even more beautiful.

In recent years, Disney has taken many steps to increase the diversity of its characters and animated films. The show Baymax, a spin-off of “Big Hero 6,” featured a transgender character earlier this year. Disney’s Pixar published “Soul,” its first animated feature featuring a Black character in 2020.

These depictions are quite different from the ones seen in previous Disney/Pixar movies. In 2008, the Disney/Pixar movie “Wall-E” depicted obesity as synonymous with environmental destruction. Some critics found this a lazy portrayal that lacks nuance.

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