The Key Difference Between Pixar and Disney Villains
Pixar loves to fall back on tried and true storytelling techniques. Many of their films are buddy adventures about mismatched partners (Woody and Buzz, Sulley and Mike, Carl and Russell) who save the day and learn valuable lessons about teamwork and partnership. And most of those films feature villains who seem like nice, benevolent, caring older dudes who turn out to be — totally evil!
In this new video essay from ScreenCrush’s Ryan Arey, we take a look at the Pixar villain formula, and compare it to the way Walt Disney Animation has traditionally treated its bad guys. The main points of comparison are Lotso from Toy Story 3 and Scar from the original version of The Lion King. (We’ll have to see if the new remake by Jon Favreau changes up anything thing in his character, and in Ryan’s thesis.)
If you liked this video comparing Disney villains to Pixar villains, and the way each company typically reveals their evilness to the audience, check out some more of our videos below, like our massive collection of over 200 Easter eggs from throughout Pixar’s history, our collection of cool Pixar facts, and our video essay exploring the idea that Syndrome might have actually been the hero of The Incredibles all along. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. Toy Story 4 is in theaters now.
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