My Characters’ Favorite Disney Films

At some point every writer must confront this question: If my fictional characters had access to Disney animated films, which ones would they enjoy? (Believe it or not, these kinds of silly exercises do help writers with characterization-- imagining people in improbable situations and developing a response that feels true to the character)

Sword - Aladdin.

In addition to a wisecracking genie this film features a sentient carpet, who Sword would argue is the true protagonist. Aladdin and Jasmine also get pretty hot and heavy on the rug, which has a personality. Sword would point out that constitutes a three way.

Second choice: Alice in Wonderland. Sword's preferred method of killing enemies is decapitation. "Off with her head" is more than a catchphrase for Sword. Also the concept of vorpal swords was created by Lewis Carol.

Sword's playful and a sucker for romance stories.

Jessa - Frozen.

As a Stormlord, Jessa understands Elsa's burdens of being royalty with power over the elements. It also features a killer power ballad that deals with a young woman becoming her own person. "Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway"

Second choice would be Snow White for its accurate portrayal of queens and their inherent evil.

Of all the characters, Jessa is probably the best with kids and would enjoy spending time watching almost anything with children. Except Spongebob... the bottom of the sea is a dangerous vault of murder and no place for little ones.

Maddox - Fantasia.

It should also be noted that Maddox would have little patience for family entertainment, or would at least would never admit it openly. That doesn't mean he can't enjoy being critical and sarcastic. Maddox likes the sorcerer's apprentice but would loudly complain that telekinesis is much safer than the film indicates.

Second choice: Dumbo. The racist stereotypes would be lost on people from Maddox's world (where dark skin is sometimes a sign of status) but the elephant gets drunk.

Of all my characters, he has the best singing voice so he might belt out some anthems in the privacy of his chambers. He also loves to draw... so any of the Pixar movies would be basically garbage to him.

Heath -Brave.

Heath does not suffer fools and Merida is a capable protagonist. In any other setting would be a skilled assassin. Although Heath has impressive powers, he prefers to rely on skill and intelligence. He's always calm under pressure.

Second choice: Pinnochio. In a world where magic can detect lies, Heath has disciplined himself to be immune to detection by adopting a solipsistic definition of truth he can bend to his own purposes. He would take Pinnochio's curse as a personal challenge in proving the subjectivity of truth.

As an antihero, Heath would probably reject the narrative of most films. He prefers practicality to morality and would view modern entertainment as overly simplistic. He doesn't read fiction.

But third choice? Princess and the Frog. Tiana reminds Heath of his mother.

Satryn - The Little Mermaid.

But only the parts with Ursala.

Otherwise Satryn would find most Disney films too saccharine to stomach. They're simple entertainment for people who believe that being noble is better than being powerful.

It's propaganda that convinces the less ambitious to find comfort in their mediocrity.

Soren - Winnie the Pooh.

A sweet non-violent movie about a cute little bear and his friends, what could be better? Soren likes entertainment that doesn't reflect the harsh realities of life.

Second Choice: The Incredibles. Although the modern setting is a bit confusing, the cool superhuman abilities win him over.

Like Pooh, Soren borders on being both incredibly naive and remarkably well adjusted.

Lyta -Sleeping Beauty.

Lyta has always dreamed of being the one to save the beautiful princess. Plus Aurora bears a striking resemblance to her ex girlfriend. Lyta is very protective of those she cares about and and relates to the struggle to keep loved ones safe.

Second Choice: Monsters Inc. Lyta is a beautiful woman who has a hidden monstrous side. At her core she struggles with both sides of her identity. She might like Monsters Inc for its sympathetic portrayal of people who are different.

Lyta has spent most of her life pretending to be someone and something else.

Libertine - Wall-E.

Libby is from our world. She appreciates, more than anyone, the social commentary about the environment and excesses of modern society. She escaped an apocalyptic world so it's not just an allegory.

Second Choice: Spirited Away. Because it's a masterpiece, obvi.

Libby doesn't go for the cannon of Disney Princess flicks because of their problematic portrayals of women.


Mike bode is the author of The Queen of Lies, the first installment in the ongoing series, Architects of the Grand Design. His next book comes out October. Sign up for the mailing list for more info. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest . (You can also follow him on Goodreads and even Amazon)

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