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    earlgraytay

    okay, there are many legitimate reasons to dislike disney, but can we please stop using “disney tells stories based on folktales!!11!!!” as one of them? pretty please, with cherries?

    moral-autism

    Why is this not a legitimate reason? Isn’t it sad, to see all the most iconic and familiar-to-most-children forms of folk tales be under copyright?

    earlgraytay

    …The problem isn’t that Disney makes stories based on folktales, though. Honestly, I don’t think the problem is even the copyright. (Though that sure doesn’t help.) The problem is that Disney has the brand recognition and the deep pockets to freeze out anyone else who tries. 

    I know, it’s a subtle distinction. I’m going to use dolls as an example, because Special Interest Hell. Bear with me for a second. 

    A while back, Mattel made a doll line called Ever After High. Ever After High had a gimmick- it was a doll line based on fairy tales, but instead of being based directly on the fairy tale characters themselves, it was based on their children. This meant that they could create iconic and memorable designs for the characters without being accused of ripping off Disney’s designs.  

    This is an original “basic” Ever After High doll: 

    The dolls are almost fully articulated- they have 360 degree head rotation, articulated shoulders, elbows, wrists, and knees. Their costume designs are complicated, often featuring multiple layers of fabric and lots of accessories. Each doll came with a stand, a hairbrush, and a bookmark that told their “story”. They retailed for $16.99. 

    The dolls came in two factions: “Royals” (the children of heroes) and “Rebels” (the children of villains). Each one had a backstory and a motivation, and they had an accompanying webseries that told those stories. 

    (I swear there’s a reason I’m going into Excruciating Detail.)

    Even though I didn’t like the sculpts… Ever After High was a pretty good doll line, and it was moderately successful. It brought in 53 million dollars- not nearly as much as Barbie, but still a decent profit.

    … Disney didn’t sue Mattel for this. Copyright never got involved. But they didn’t need to sue. They did two things that killed Ever After High dead. 

    The first was that they took the license for the Disney Princesses away from Mattel and gave it to Hasbro. Since that’s, obviously, a big money-making license, that was a pretty nasty punishment. 

    But the other thing Disney did, the thing that I think was what properly killed Ever After High… they massively expanded the merchandising for Disney Descendants. 

    …Now, it looks like Disney Descendants was already in the works when Ever After High started coming out. I don’t think Disney got so OMGSCARED of Ever After High that they made a product directly to compete with it. And I can’t say anything bad about the movies because a) I haven’t seen them and b) I think @bpd-dylan-hall will kill me. 

    But the two franchises share some notable similarities- they’re about the teenage children of fairy tale characters, who are split into two factions: “hero” and “villain”. They’re very ‘modern’, with colorful hair and flashy, iconic designs.  

    This is a basic Disney Descendants doll: 

    I own both Ever After High and Descendants dolls, and I gotta say: the Descendants are way lower quality. They’ve got almost no articulation- just wrists, hips, and knees. They don’t come with a stand or many accessories. Their costumes are much simpler, and most of the designs are screen-printed on. They’re not crap dolls, don’t get me wrong, and I like their sculpts more than EAH- but by comparison, they’re not very good. 

    But that made one important difference: The Disney Descendants basic doll retailed at $12.99. 

    Now, riddle me this: if you’re the parent of an eight-year-old girl who loves dolls, which are you more likely to get: the high-quality expensive doll with a lot of small parts she’s likely to lose, or the cheaper one with a brand name on it that you recognize? 

    Disney was able to massively undercut the competition. Mattel couldn’t keep up. They made cheaper versions of the Ever After High dolls -they went for $9.99 or so, they’re absolute garbage, and collectors and kids both hated them. 

    Mattel hasn’t officially canceled Ever After High. But the show’s not coming out anymore, the dolls aren’t on shelves anymore, and we haven’t heard anything about either since 2017. Disney won, and they won hard. 

    If Disney didn’t have the kind of money they do, if Disney didn’t have the kind of clout they do, this wouldn’t have happened. I mean, sure, all doll lines end eventually, that’s the way of the world, but Disney deliberately undercut the competition. Depending on how much dolls cost to make and ship, they might even have been making them at a loss.

    But Disney could afford to do it because they’re Disney.

    The only time anyone’s ever really been able to successfully make a fairy tale franchise without getting shot down by Disney was Shrek, and that’s because Disney didn’t want to touch the aeShrektic with a ten-foot pole. They were scared they’d ruin their image. Any other time anyone does anything with fairy tales (or princesses, or talking cars, or talking fish, or pirates, or…)  Disney can make their own version and sell it at a loss, driving their competitors out of business. They have more money than God. They can afford to lose money on one theme park, let alone one toyline or one movie.

    The problem with Disney is that it’s a monopoly. and like any other monopoly, Disney can freeze out anyone who tries to compete with them. I think if you trustbusted Disney- left them with their animation studio and maybe their theme park division, but took away Pixar and Marvel and ESPN and all their television outlets and all the other crap they own- they’d have a harder time undercutting everyone else.  youd see more stuff based on folklore and fairy tales, and it’d have more than a snowball’s chance in hell of being successful. 

    wetwareproblem

    “But capitalism rewards innovation!”

    No. Capitalism rewards capital.

    biggest-gaudiest-patronuses

    sometimes when I am checking my books out at the library the librarian will pause & hold one up for inspection & nod, saying “oh yes this is a good one.” and I will feel the warm rush of approval flood through my every pore, seeping so gently into the fibers of my being

    neurotypical-karen

    [a tweet edited to say, “My librarian: approves of my book choices / Me (to myself): This is great. I’m going to get a good grade in library, something that is both normal to want and possible to achieve,”]

    canarycontessa

    I couldn’t stop thinking about this cucumber salad, so I finally caved and made it 😋

    I subbed the white sugar for local honey, added some fish sauce and rice vinegar (in addition to the white)

    Imma let it chill in the fridge for a few hours while I do my workout, a castor treatment on my scalp and some chores.

    canarycontessa

    I say this with no exaggeration:

    THIS SHIT SLAPS.

    Still has great crunch, not at all soggy, it's got that umami flavor going. The only thing is I should have been more heavy handed with the chili pepper.

    eminentsound

    Recipe in text form:

  • 8 persian cucumbers
  • 0.5 cup green onions
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp korean chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Slice the cucumbers, pat dry, and toss with salt. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off salt and pat dry again. Combine ingredients in a bowl, toss, and store overnight in the fridge.

    agapantoblu

    All this site ever talks about are Italian Grandmas, where’s the appreciation for my Italian Found Grandpas?

    agapantoblu

    I got two neighbours in their 70s and 80s respectively and they’ve both taken a wild interest in my orchard because they both used to plant stuff and now they’re living vicariously through mine, checking on progress, helping out, trying to teach me stuff except most of the time they have wildly different opinions on how to spot bastard branches on tomato plants and I’m living for the drama

    agapantoblu

    We were plowing the field today when one of them asked me why I didn’t have a boyfriend when I’m already 25 and I went “Men are trouble”, you know, like a lesbian, and he just stopped for a second, thought then dipped his hat. Now, that is true” where else would I get this?

    agapantoblu

    Update, Found Grandpas now planning my future marriage like an heist.

    “You like fieldwork, you need to marry the son of a landowner. Lots of land, lots of cultivation. Done! You’re set for life!”

    “But he must be dumb.”

    “Oh yeah, dumb like a wood plank. So dumb you can do whatever you want.”

    “And get the land.”

    “And get the land!”

    agapantoblu

    You know what? Bisexual farmer marries landowner himbo is the happy ending I deserve

    msburgundy

    mythbusters was so good because it wasn't a killjoy show. they didn't just say "see, it doesn't work" and leave it there

    whenever they find that the stunt doesn't work as portrayed in the movie, they immediately ask "what would it take to make this happen?"

    terrestrial-flotsam

    “we know it takes this amount of explosives to work, but what if we doubled it anyway?”

    fuckinprototype

    Some myths I'll always remember:

    * Are elephants scared of mice? (They only did that because they were in Africa and had access to elephants.)

    * Will a bull run amok in a china shop?

    * Is it better to run zig-zag or straight when chased by an alligator?

    I love these because NONE of them turned out the way they expected. They went into all three with pre-conceived ideas of how it would go, and each time they "failed." Elephants WILL cower from mice. A bull moves very gingerly through a china shop. It doesn't matter how you run because ALLIGATORS WON'T CHASE YOU.

    And each time, they reacted with just... pure glee. "Holy shit, we were wrong! Oh my god! This is great! We were so wrong!"

    And that, to me, is what science is. Being excited about being wrong because either way it's information.

    assiraphales

    night at the museum is a franchise I wouldn’t have gotten sick of. they could have tried shoving 8 sequels and an animated series down my throat and I would have ate that shit up

    assiraphales

    the main cast is a night guard, an egyptian pharoah, sacagewea, teddy roosevelt, genghis khan, a miniature cowboy and roman ruler duo, a capuchin monkey, and a moai rock for godsake!!!!!!!!

    in the second movie there was a scene where al capone ivan the terrible napoleon an egyptian and darth vader and oscar the grouch interact. ben stiller walks into a painting. the abraham lincoln memorial comes to life. the lil roman rides a squirrel into battle. the thinker is a fuck boy. like holy shit holy SHIT!!

    assiraphales

    this screenshot ALONE should make these movies worth your time

    m0thwash

    Yo we know that duo was gay as all hell tho

    assiraphales

    it took me a second to realize you were referring to the cowboy & roman and not oscar the grouch and darth vader