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Are Disney Villains Going Extinct?

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Disney Animation Studios has seen an uptick in quality and consistency in the last five years... as well as an uptick in red herrings and plot twists replacing the traditional villain narrative. Did the era of the Disney villain end a long time ago?
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  • GilCAnjos


    5 घंटे पहले

    I personally loved the villain from Gigantic, the movie that they released last year, it was certainly a decent movie

  • Matthew Thomson

    Matthew Thomson

    2 दिन पहले

    I can feel the rage of Schaffrillas from all the way over here on Lindsay’s channel

  • MackLyon


    2 दिन पहले

    A story is only as good as it’s villain.

  • Tali vas Normandy

    Tali vas Normandy

    2 दिन पहले

    I’m rewatching this and I totally get where you’re coming from, but I kinda like the switch from villains. I like that we now we have more questions of perspective and questioning institutions etc.

  • Captain Rednek

    Captain Rednek

    2 दिन पहले

    Why is Woods heartless? Cuz Orange Man Bad?

  • kingdomkeycrafter


    3 दिन पहले

    13:25 that movie was cancelled...

  • Rebecca Harris

    Rebecca Harris

    4 दिन पहले

    3:52 "we can probably safely assume that Gaston isn't gonna get much of a make over, or a tragic backstory"

  • Fish Sticks

    Fish Sticks

    5 दिन पहले

    We all know the best disney princess is


  • Tess Hope

    Tess Hope

    6 दिन पहले

    How dare you diss mother gothel like that???

  • The unstoppable Freefall

    The unstoppable Freefall

    6 दिन पहले

    great video. A really interesting topic

  • Austin Starke

    Austin Starke

    7 दिन पहले

    I don't know what's sexier, your amazing smart-as-a-whip wit, or your 90's Janeane Garofalo cosplay and red lips. Or maybe it's the feeling I get that if I asked you to put a cigarette out on me you'd probably do it

  • shassitojn 49

    shassitojn 49

    7 दिन पहले

    “Tamatoa isn’t like a Classic Disney villain.”
    *Schaffrillas Productions wants to know your location*

    • Ahsoka Hyrule

      Ahsoka Hyrule

      3 दिन पहले

      shassitojn 49 My thoughts exactly

    • shassitojn 49

      shassitojn 49

      4 दिन पहले

      NinjaNipple Dog it’s a joke mate.

    • NinjaNipple Dog

      NinjaNipple Dog

      4 दिन पहले

      Uh, saying he's not similar to a classic disney villain is just a fact. No need for cringey fanbase memes, its not like she said he was bad or something

  • Kiuraz


    7 दिन पहले

    Most Disney movies are becoming way too "meta" and that's exactly why the villains have way less of an impact. They joke a lot about old Disney tropes and at the same time they try to give more depth to their characters, which is great for a lot of protagonists (I really love Moana, Tiana and Anna) but almost always awful for the villains. That's because they try to make them way to realistic. They don't want to make the old one dimensional villain and instead try to give them relatable motives for their actions. Which can work if done correctly, but Disney isn't doing it correctly. They're focusing too much on the "See, he was the villain all along because villains don't act evil 100% of the time and can be normal people too" instead of focusing on the character itself. This is also evident in the live action movies, when the old one dimensional villains have now some sort of backstory but no personality at all. Live action Jafar is the embodiement of what's wrong with modern Disney villains: he has now a backstory which is not bad and works in the contest of the movie, but completely lacks the charisma, presence and fun of the original character. Old Jafar always looked like he was having so much fun when things were going the way he planned, new Jafar is like "oh...i did it...yay"

  • Sarah Jane

    Sarah Jane

    8 दिन पहले

    As a gay gay big old gaybo, the identity Disney movies still hit me in the feels. Fuck you Disney for being a big old pussy on the Frozen thing.

  • Lit BoPeep

    Lit BoPeep

    8 दिन पहले

    *Lindsay on the villain:* _"And sure he wants to_ own her _but at least he gives her a choice in the matter"_
    *The Villain:* _"choose me or_ the fire"
    Since when did a fucked up ass ultimatum become a *_choice!?!?!??!???!?_*

  • WanderedIn


    8 दिन पहले

    I do think there's an attempt at a thematic line connecting Facilier to Tiana, but frankly it's too subtle to be of any use. Facilier represents doing things the 'easy way' (it's his name, New Orleans is the 'big easy' etc etc) by cheating, stealing, and so on. Tiana's central conflict is, in theory, that all her hard work is being consistently ignored and undermined by a racist, sexist society. This suggests a milieu where you can (inasmuch as Disney is capable of it) think about how some people's hard work is not rewarded, how sometimes you need to take it easy or relax, and have Naveen and Tiana learn from each other and how to go forward. Naveen is much too quick to take the easy route, and Tiana needed to learn that some problems aren't solved just by work ethic alone - sometimes the game really is unwinnable and rigged, and you need to challenge the rules instead of going along with it. Facilier, meanwhile, ought to have been presented as someone who wins, then pulls the ladder up after him (he's seen considering giving a paperboy money after a white guy in a car doesn't pay for the paper, then deciding not to).

    Shame we didn't get that movie, and we really didn't. The whole frog-swamp-journey thing really buried what could have been a really interesting story with a villain whose poisonous offers drive the plot.

  • Lael Wildgoose

    Lael Wildgoose

    8 दिन पहले

    Moana isn't that unique to me and I didn't relate to her at all and I'm an islander (ofc a bit modernized). She's a meh, her song is, well... and song of the ancestors is the soul of what the movie was missing for me. It's ok if u guys like it, but since I see pple sharing opinions why not put it out there.

  • Pro Rambler

    Pro Rambler

    8 दिन पहले

    the comment about recent movies having both a strong female and male lead gave me the idea of a villain duo for each if a disney movie ever revisited the old format

  • Smogget


    8 दिन पहले

    I'd love to see a new 2D animated movie that's a complete throwback to Disney's earliest films. A classic fairytale with a classic evil villain. It'll never happen, but it would be cool.

  • MyMagnificentOctopus


    8 दिन पहले

    I was glad to hear "one dimensional". I have been arguing for years that the correct usage is one dimensional vs many dimensional, not two dimensional vs three dimensional, which is a strangely literal way to express things. (Yes, the use of "flat" as criticism plays into this second version.) I always saw it as "one dimension" meaning having but a single aspect, while "multiple dimensions" meant they had many aspects, not that good characters were n-spheres or hypercubes.

  • Nostalgia N

    Nostalgia N

    8 दिन पहले

    the ending music sounds a lot like black book's

  • Mar10


    9 दिन पहले

    Disney is backing itself into a corner. Could explain why they have not made anything that is genuinely new and instead buyout other properties.

  • Maria Thompson

    Maria Thompson

    9 दिन पहले

    I think that in princess and the frog Facilier and Tiana were supposed to contrast in that, while Tiana worked hard to achieve her dream through honest work, Facilier tried to achieve his goals through lies, deceit, and selling himself out (as in, selling his soul)

  • BackslideDan


    9 दिन पहले

    13:20 No we're not.

  • Fat Yoshi

    Fat Yoshi

    9 दिन पहले

    1:00 soy face

  • GamerPrincessXI


    9 दिन पहले

    You are so funny 😂😂 😂

  • Melissa Johnson

    Melissa Johnson

    9 दिन पहले

    It's because of those darn straws

  • MoreDetonation


    10 दिन पहले

    DIO is a Disney villain, CMM

  • Amaya Lawton

    Amaya Lawton

    10 दिन पहले

    damn gigantic never even came out

  • Aaron-justin Anderson

    Aaron-justin Anderson

    10 दिन पहले

    I like to play "Does it Kingdom hearts " when trying to figure out what level of disney villain you got.If the villain wouldn't fit around that Disney villain table in that one scene in the first Kingdom hearts then the villian is not A lister material .

  • nat sob

    nat sob

    10 दिन पहले

    I'm bothered by the lack of some engaging romance in New Disney movies (except Flynn)

  • Coconut Head

    Coconut Head

    10 दिन पहले

    In regards to "Wall-E", does the autopilot count as the Disney villain because it was hiding from the captain the reality that the earth was capable of having a single plant growing? Or was humanity the villain for destroying the planet and piling trash up to the height of skyscrapers?

  • godot


    10 दिन पहले

    Why did you call James Woods heartless?

    • Me Pfft

      Me Pfft

      7 दिन पहले

      Probably because she does not agree with his political views. The current social climate is you judge people solely on their political views and if you don't agree then they must be the worst possible people in every aspect of their lives.

  • Marc Brown

    Marc Brown

    11 दिन पहले

    Why would anyone want one dimensional villans?

    • Guy R

      Guy R

      7 दिन पहले

      Because they're fun. When done right.

  • Ningy


    11 दिन पहले

    Elsa could've been a great villain with a redemption story. You don't even need to trade away much of what Frozen currently is to construct that narrative, either. Let her keep her catchy song, cool outfit, and suddenly-gained charisma, but change the focus of the movie onto how love can push you to better yourself and bam. Villain, redemption, better story. Plus, Elsa's bland af as a character as it stands anyway. What do we have to lose?

  • cloe daves

    cloe daves

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  • LeRoy Francis

    LeRoy Francis

    12 दिन पहले

    I'm sick of people saying pure evil villains are bad writing they aren't I can think of so many famous pure evil villains all the classic Disney villains for example

  • Princess


    12 दिन पहले

    who voiced hades?

  • Jimmy L

    Jimmy L

    12 दिन पहले

    Every time Lindsay uses the “See how I glitter” clip my life gets extended by a little bit

  • ᑏᐊ ᕗᐃᓴᓐ

    ᑏᐊ ᕗᐃᓴᓐ

    13 दिन पहले

    9:39 oh this made me jump

  • Just Another Random Crit

    Just Another Random Crit

    13 दिन पहले

    I guess having a Marvel villain in a Marvel adaptation kinda makes sense.

  • Milla Saunders

    Milla Saunders

    13 दिन पहले

    The first Frozen teaser I ever saw definitely made Elsa look like the villain. I wonder if that was a hold over from the first draft or if it was intentionally misleading.

  • Ben Burris

    Ben Burris

    13 दिन पहले

    Along with this trend in meta-villians: I think Lego Movie 2 (I know, not Disney) was a little too early on the Bait-and-bait-and-switch-and-switch villain(s)

  • Anna Briley

    Anna Briley

    14 दिन पहले

    It makes more sense when you view it from the perspective of people leaving cults. The newer villains i think are based on what people face when they leave a cult or religion. The bait and switch both ways, even the tragic back story element applies. I think it has potential. I mean, i would like to think religious bigots are pure evil, but really the only way to defeat them is through education and to a certain extent they have good intentions. I love Disney villains and other non Disney villains who are just as amazing like Mok from Rock & Rule, but I would love to learn why, because to this day I still don't know. There are real, cruel villains who exist in this world, and basing a villain on one of those would probably be better than basing them on the villians in our lives who ultimately have no power over us after we leave their cult/religion.

  • thejesster1993


    14 दिन पहले

    I don't care if liking Frozen makes me basic. From the opening scene it reminded me of The Little Mermaid and the animation was gorgeous for its time. Sue me.

    • Serpillard le rusé

      Serpillard le rusé

      10 दिन पहले

      Basic Team FTW

    • jax the wolf

      jax the wolf

      10 दिन पहले

      I like Frozen too

  • Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin

    15 दिन पहले

    Treasure Planet was a cinematic masterpiece. 5:08

  • Jonathan Lake Lovelace

    Jonathan Lake Lovelace

    16 दिन पहले

    I would like evil, one-dimensional villains to make a comeback. Much more realistic than twists or 'complex' villains.

  • BizarreJoe


    16 दिन पहले

    Yeah... Gigantic... That was a great movie that we totally saw because it came out.

  • Ann Elizabeth

    Ann Elizabeth

    16 दिन पहले

    Rip gigantic

  • Ella H

    Ella H

    16 दिन पहले

    What happened with gigantic? Is it still happening or was it cancelled?

    • Paige Arnold

      Paige Arnold

      15 दिन पहले

      It was canceled for good. Such a same, it sounded like a cool movie

  • straubreyquartz


    17 दिन पहले

    It's so weird watching this 2 years later cuz 1) they havent stepped away from plot twist villians at ALL and 2) I didnt even realize Gigantic was a thing so it mustve been shelved.

  • Bob Risse

    Bob Risse

    17 दिन पहले

    Disney villains were my favs since I was a kid (1960s).

  • unguidedone


    17 दिन पहले

    had to thumbs down because your an apple user

  • God of Evil

    God of Evil

    19 दिन पहले

    I only watch, listen or read any kind of media for the villain.
    Disney used to be Villain Central... now.... It's becoming more.... nuanced i guess.

  • ThatCuteNerdGirl


    20 दिन पहले

    Why does Lindsay dislike James Woods so much???

  • kukalakana


    26 दिन पहले

    Hallmark already did the "giant is good" version of Jack & Beanstalk

  • Boreworm Boreworm

    Boreworm Boreworm

    महीने पहले

    S E E H O W I G L I T T E R

  • Austin Reed

    Austin Reed

    महीने पहले

    They do “live on” in their increasingly-worse live action remakes. Too bad the original live action films go with the red herring crap.

  • Ryan Ratchford

    Ryan Ratchford

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    Mother Gothel is a very good villian

  • Raechel Jackson-Ward

    Raechel Jackson-Ward

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    I fear that watching Miyazaki's body of work, as well as other "foreign" animated stories, has wrecked my ability to accept the traditional formula peddled by Disney. Especially in Japanese animated classics, "villains" are generally not evil. Most of the time, the protagonist ends up having to team up with one or more of the erstwhile bad guys to solve the problem, defeat the real enemy (usually an internal conflict, though sometimes a personified form of selfishness-as-badness"). I like some of the old-school Disney villains (because they're so over the top and very often have the best songs or one-liners), but that trend was old a decade ago.

  • Mina Tempes

    Mina Tempes

    महीने पहले

    This is the first time I've heard Scar called a flat villian! He's no Frollo, but still.

  • Sarah Queen

    Sarah Queen

    महीने पहले

    I think that some of the "Disney" you're talking about is actually Brothers Grimm continental medieval fairytales that Disney produced, and that medieval fairytales have different villains than present day films...

  • épinards & caramel

    épinards & caramel

    महीने पहले

    3:49 "Beauty and the Beast is not out yet, but we can assume that Gaston is not going to get much of a makeover, or a tragic backstory". Well..... 😬

  • Eytan Kollin

    Eytan Kollin

    महीने पहले

    You're forgetting Loki.

  • Richard Johnson

    Richard Johnson

    महीने पहले

    not the real ones ruin Johnson and jar jar abrams

  • MMA KING jr

    MMA KING jr

    महीने पहले

    Scar is my favorite villains

  • David Mutschler

    David Mutschler

    महीने पहले

    The photo @ 1:00: is that Rantasmo I see?! Nice!

  • Dominique Odom

    Dominique Odom

    महीने पहले

    This makes me nervous on how they make The Night on Bald moutain depiction of Chernabog
    The literal embodiment of all evil through which all evil committed by the lesser villains is an agent of

  • Eren Rodriguez

    Eren Rodriguez

    महीने पहले

    Well, we never got the Jack and The Beanstalk movie

  • Dyn


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    "I try yo grab Hades whenever I can" sums up my entire life I think