Same-Face Syndrome

The Disney franchise is a world renowned business known for its very popular movies and animated films. Basically any movie with the Disney name behind it is destined with a future of great success and an immense cash flow.

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Kids, adults, teenagers, seniors, toddlers; people of all ages flock to the theaters to watch them and for good reason. Its child friendly, it’s got good music, and it’s got pretty cool animated scenes. However, the name “Disney” has blinded a large portion of its audience to think that every movie is the “Best Movie of the YEAR.” Wrong. There are a nameless amount of examples to pick from, but the most talked about topic has to come from their more recently released movies, Frozen, Tangled, and the upcoming leader, Big Hero 6. Brace yourselves, for they all have one thing in common…

Characters May Suffer from SFS, or SAME-FACE SYNDROME

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1. Same Face Syndrome:

If there are any major problems with this movie and the recent Disney releases in general, it has to be the fact that all the female lead character models look the same. Coming from a billion dollar franchise, I expected better. Anna and Elsa, although siblings, should not look like twins. Even WORSE than that, side by side, their should not be an Axis of Symmetry between two different characters.Frozen+everything+wrong

 Disney is growing continuously infamous for the similar look between a lot of the female leads. Take a look at the following characters and you may notice a pattern.

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Maybe they don’t look exactly alike but there is no doubt that they look similar.

  • Big eyes that aren’t brown
  • perfect eyebrows that need no plucking
  • flawless skin
  • a small nose
  • small mouth
  •  smooth, silky hair.

WarningIf one of your favorite characters has all of the following traits she may be suffering from Same-Face Syndrome. Seek professional help quickly and maybe together, we can stop this epidemic.

Disney, a franchise as large as yours should not be taking flame from nonsense like this. You have an almost endless amount of money to spend on creating a story that not only interests your audience, but also inspires them. Lately the movies have been lack-luster, not only with the “syndrome” but also with the bland plots, the countless number of plot holes, and the constant use of character tropes. Listen to Uncle Ben Disney, you gotta step up your game.

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Warning: Following Video May Contain Swearing

 

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2 thoughts on “Same-Face Syndrome

  1. So what if their characters have similar anatomy? Anna and Elsa look very different. What you’re saying here is *exactly the same* as when people say “all Japanese people look the same to me”: you’re not used to their facial proportions, so you don’t see the defining characteristics of each as quickly. But no, they are all very different. They just have similar proportions. SIMILAR. Not the same.

    That picture of Anna and Elsa is meant to look somewhat symmetrical (that whole scene is meant to accentuate their long-lost sisterhood), but even with that, it’s easy to pick out the differences.

    And no, not all of their mouths are small, are you kidding? Look at Rapunzel’s mouth, and then look at Elsa’s mouth. In the pictures YOU supplied.

    And about their “eyebrows being plucked” stuff:

    Yeah, they are supposed to be pleasant to look at, boo hoo. Nobody said they were supposed to be realistic. Elsa is a 21-year-old queen who has been locked in her room her whole childhood because she has seemingly limitless magical ice powers. She *accidentally* creates life when she sneezes (see Frozen Fever). And you’re getting hung up on her eyebrows?

    This is a family movie. The characters are supposed to look nice. I’m sorry if that’s not realistic enough for you.

    That doesn’t mean that the characters are meant to be perfect. Just because they are pleasing to the eye doesn’t mean that they don’t have issues. And especially in Frozen, the main characters’ issues are the whole point of the movie. Elsa is extraordinarily insecure, shameful, and afraid. Anna is dangerously confident, a little prideful, and she makes very rash decisions. THIS is what the movie focuses on, and it’s what the little kids focus on. Only nitpicky adults criticize Disney for the characters’ idealistic cosmetics.

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    • I admit, my blogpost does have its flaws, however that does not mean that I retract my original argument. No matter how you say it or argue against it, I still believe that this “same-face syndrome” is a thing and that it is a true and valid argument. Now indulge me as I respond accordingly to your comment and extend my argument.

      First and most importantly, when I say that the characters are essentially “the same” in appearances, I do not literally mean that they are carbon copies of each other, I actually mean they are just similar. I do have eyes that can see and understand that the sisters have their differences. I mean, hair color, skin color(barely), lipstick shades, clothing, one has freckles, one has makeup, and hey, even their eye colors are kind of different in the picture I provided.

      Maybe the argument I made about the mouth size was uncalled for because, I mean, their eyes do take up like half their faces, hyperbolically speaking of course. And yeah—maybe I was going insane over a family film while writing this, but there is still an argument to be made.

      The fact that you mentioned that plucked eyebrows are supposed to be “pleasant to look at” is the root of the problem that I have learned to realize. There’s actually no problem in having the same/similar face, it’s just awful seeing such a successful company, Disney, have such a lack in character variety. Not just in Frozen, but across all their films. (I’m talking about appearance wise, I’ve seen enough to understand that their personalities are quite different.) But let’s just stick to Frozen for now.

      Of course there is the argument that Frozen is set in a specific place where no person of color would be seen, but let’s be honest, it is a movie where Elsa “*accidentally* creates life when she sneezes.” If there’s a character who has magical ice powers, is it too much of a stretch to have a person of color be an importance in a Disney movie.

      Then again you can argue, but what about Mulan? what about Tiana? They were princesses, they were people of different descent, they were strong, independent, female characters. And yes, they were, I’m not saying they aren’t, but I’m straying off topic, and I don’t want to make this too long.

      There is an evident lack of representation and variation in Disney’s movies. There are plenty of male characters with different body sizes, hair types, heights, (not exactly race, but who am I to make that argument). If male characters get so much variety, why are the females left looking all the same.

      This raises the problem of young girls associating princesses with this same, large eyes, round or heart-shaped face, long silky hair, thin frame, unblemished skin, and yes, perfect eyebrows. What about the young girls with physical qualities that don’t match this “Disney ideal?” What are they supposed to think of themselves growing up learning that princesses look like this and practically this only.

      tl;dr It’s more than just what the characters look like, it’s that fact that they represent so little of the beautiful variety that the world gives us.

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