Disney unveils first overweight heroine in touching short film about body dysmorphia that leaves fans in tears

Disney has created its first plus-size character for a touching short film about body dysmorphia.

In the company’s 85-year history of making movies, plus-size characters have only appeared in villainous roles or extras on Disney, and fans are praising the change.

The film, titled Reflect, follows the story of a young plus-size ballet dancer named Bianca “who struggles with her own reflection, overcoming doubt and fear by channeling her inner strength, grace and power.”

Disney released Reflect

Directed by Hillary Bradfield, the film is part of the second in the Short Circuit series – a series of experimental short films. The animation left fans in tears: one viewer wrote that she wished the film had been made when she was a child: ‘At the age of 16, I needed this Disney short before I quit ballet because I didn’t want to be the fat girl in class anymore. I’m glad the little ones will have this. 10/10 for Reflect!”

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Other viewers said, “I saw this Disney short called Reflect and it tore me up emotionally. It’s about a little big girl doing ballet and the mirrors start to swallow her up because of her body insecurities, but she destroys them by dancing anyway.”

Reflect is available to watch on Disney+. Disney fans have long demanded the company create plus-size princesses. Last year, Disney was accused of imposing “unrealistic beauty standards” on children.

Of course, on the other hand, there are some voices accusing Disney of promoting obesity and that it’s unhealthy for little ones to have such models.

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Walt Disney has, over the years, made history. Virtually certainly no human on our planet hasn’t seen at least one film from the company’s wand, if not several. That said, obviously this company needs no further introduction. It made you happy, it made you cry, it even made you laugh, and every time you see a Disney movie, you go back to your childhood without fail.


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