Disney’s ‘Reflect’ stars a younger plus-size ballet dancer, thrilling followers


Disney lastly has its first younger plus-size heroine, and followers throughout the web are elated.

“Reflect” is a brief movie now on Disney+ a few younger ballet dancer named Bianca who struggles together with her physique picture. Although the movie was first launched on the platform in September as part of the studio’s Short Circuit Experimental Films series, many social media customers at the moment are celebrating “Reflect” as a win for illustration amongst younger women.

“16 year old me needed this Disney short before I quit ballet because I didn’t want to be the fat girl in class anymore,” one user on Twitter said. “I’m glad little ones will have this. 10/10 for Reflect!”

“I don’t think y’all comprehend, this is my Ariel,” a TikTok person mentioned in a video, captioned “(Disney+) you really got me in my feelings.”

Disney didn’t instantly reply to a CNN request for remark.

Physique positivity is one thing director Hillary Bradfield strongly believes in, she mentioned in an interview featured at the beginning of the brief. Making the movie from the attitude of a dancer, she defined, felt pure.

“It’s a part of the craft to be looking at your posture and checking things in the mirror, so it just seemed like a really good way to put her in that environment where she has to look at herself and she doesn’t want to,” Bradfield mentioned.

Within the brief, Bianca is ready to overcome her detrimental emotions and dance freely. However physique positivity and self-acceptance may be simpler mentioned than accomplished, Bradfield mentioned.

“When people watch the short, I hope that they can feel more positively about themselves and how they look, and feel okay about the tough parts of their journey,” Bradfield mentioned. “Sometimes you go to the dark place to get to the good place. And that just makes the good place that much more beautiful.”

Disney has made a number of steps lately to enhance the range of its characters in its animated movies. Earlier this 12 months, the present “Baymax,” a spin-off from “Big Hero 6” featured a transgender character. In 2020, Disney’s Pixar launched its first animated characteristic starring a Black character, with “Soul.”

These current depictions are a departure from these seen in lots of the firm’s prior motion pictures. The Disney/Pixar movie “Wall-E,” launched in 2008, negatively portrayed weight problems in people as synonymous with environmental destruction – a lazy depiction that lacked nuance, based on some critics.