Disaster by Ocean Generation. The power of content at all ages.
by Ocean Generation. The power of content at all ages.
Nearly everyone on this planet one way or another has been influenced, inspired or subconsciously touched by Disney and their reach. If not directly through Mickey Mouse himself, but through music, media, television, movies or literally any other of their thousand’s of information outlets or media reach. Disney, is not just a children’s animation house. Their work, often sugar coated with relatable themes and impressions, has a much wider and controlling reach than we can ever really know. Walt Disney’s’ worldwide assets touch every single area of modern life, inspiring and often influencing young children, as well as adults and entire industries.
But should Disney be held accountable for sharing real life truths within their most famous of works? If we take animation into account, should Moana’s beach be shown the way it really is, covered in plastic waste. Should the characters of the Jungle Book (revisited 2016) be shown with deforestation, real life truths that disrupt their habitats.
Should Disney be totally and brutally honest about the world we live in?
In recent movies Disney have made real commitments to develop core messages throughout their movies, often more noticeable for adult viewers, but still relevant for the children watching. Most notably “Inside Out” a movie that beautifully helps children understand the complex issues around mental health. With this approach in mind, weaving an educational message through children’s media. Could this be the future of establishing an infrastructure for good from the next generation up?
We have pondered on this thought at Ocean Generation, and decided to commission a digital artists Valeria Canal to help us bring our idea to life. The content is simple yet eye opening, showing classic Disney characters, from our favourite movies, if those movies were set in 2018 with honest representations of the world around us. Each scenario asking a different question but maintaining the same truth.
How did we get to this point? What can we do right now to ensure it stops?
Firstly, there is something beautiful and soul touching about mixing a clear and often sad message with children media. It brings out the child in us the adult, reminding us that anything is possible, and can say more with no words than an entire report released by a scientist or charity. Secondly, work like this has no boundaries, no age range, no limit on its reach, and with your help, we want to take this work viral using the magic Disney and social media. Below you can save our artwork for free and share with your friends via Facebook or Instagram! Upload your favourite to your feed, maybe even your stories, or share a post with a few added thoughts on Facebook! Simply hold down your finger or curser on your favourite image! and click save. You can then repost it from your camera roll or desktop.
In return we simply ask you to tag us @oceangeneration and help us reach more people with our work and goals. Disney’s famous saying goes “The most magical place on earth” but right now earth isn’t so magical, and the health of our planet it deteriorating rapidly.