Jirka Väätäinen is a Finnish design student at Bournemouth, and he wants to be very clear that his name is pronounced “Yirka”, not “Jerk-a”.
Web Watch has no reason to quibble with him on this, as he’s doing some phenomenal work on RE-IMAGINING DISNEY PRINCESSES as if they were real-life people.
Sure, we’ve seen some other examples of this with live models, but Jirka is taking a slightly different approach on this with his photo-realistic, manipulations that are designed to showcase what the Disney Princess would look like as an actual person.
Not a cartoon caricature, but really-for-real people.
There have been any number of sociological reports written about how the Disney Princess marketing department — and let’s face it, the Disney Princess franchise really is a marketer’s dream in terms of how much product is sold — is leading to poor self-image in young girls.
One thing that he is becoming known for is his ability to recreate classic Disney Princess animated characters and turn them into real-life models.
Take, for example, the above stock advertising photo for a Jasmine costume from Disney’s Aladdin. There’s nothing wrong with the photo or the model – it’s doing exactly what the marketing department requested. If you’re looking for a costume, it’s perfectly adequate… but if you’re looking for the “essence” of the character, you have to look elsewhere.
Some places are known for blowing the existing up and rebuilding from the ashes, history be damned. Other places embrace their history, making it difficult for any new development to take place lest it disturb the historical (in)significance of what’s present.
That’s why Web Watch loves websites like WHAT WAS THERE, as it tries to capture the glory of history, without worrying about keeping the march of progress down.
If you’ve ever wanted to work in the animation industry, whether it be for Disney or other cartoon-oriented companies, getting your own animation desk is almost always the first thing on an aspiring artist’s wish list.
While it’s not a usable version, you may want to check out this piece of swag sent to Web Watch from the fine folks at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
From pencils to pixels, and digits to digital, we celebrate our pioneers, artists, and storytellers, and look ahead to a rich slate of exciting new projects covering a wide spectrum of styles and subjects. The Disney drawing desk has been the starting point for some of our greatest stories, worlds and characters. This model symbolizes our proud heritage, and marks the Studio’s continued goal of telling great stories using a wide range of styles and techniques
Web Watch never get bored while waiting on line for a Disney theme park attraction.
The detailed queues, interactive distractions, background music, park smells – the general happiness that permeates the Disney parks are designed to distract you from even thinking that you’ve been waiting in line for 2 hours to ride Toy Story Mania.
Okay – maybe waiting two hours for a 3-minute ride isn’t exactly a good use of anyone’s time, and definitely showcases the largest problem with the use of FastPass (but we digress, as we’re not going to talk about the pros/cons of FastPass today).
It’s a completely legitimate question, especially as Pixar continues its stellar run of high-quality animated entertainment.
There’s a reason why TOY STORY 3 is nominated for Best Picture this year. There’s a reason why UP was nominated for Best Picture last year. There’s a reason why WALL-E‘s lack of a Best Picture nomination forced the Academy to increase the number of eligible Best Picture nominees from five to 10, thus ensuring that there would be 5 more chances for an animated film to lose any chance of ever winning a Best Picture award of its own outside of the animation categories. Continue reading WHY ARE ANIMATED FILMS NEVER NOMINATED FOR BEST DIRECTOR OR ACTING AWARDS?→