Another week, another Twitter trend, but this week I really like the hot hashtag. It transcends beyond the endless Trump mentions or the most current issue that demands you have an opinion. That’s right, inspired by the NCAA March Madness tournament, we’ve received from the Twitterverse a bracket challenge destined to divide us all: the Disney/Pixar Bracket.
It started out innocently enough; a 16 slot bracket pitting the movies of Disney/Pixar against one another in order to determine a winner but turns out it’s not as simple as that. With the studio power of Disney/Pixar, 16 movies are nothing, so the debate quickly shifted to which 16 movies should be on the list? And now such chaos has ensued to where 64 movie brackets exist and still people find ways to criticise.
There are many things I like about this Twitter trend. In no particular order, reason number one is that it brings us together. When it comes to Disney/Pixar movies, these colors don’t run! Everyone can get behind these movies, and in a time where divisiveness seems more present with each week that passes, it’s a nice relief that something can bring us around the table to talk. There’s something to be said for shared experiences. They bond us together and reminds us that we have more in common with the person across the table than we think (of course unless they think The Sword and the Stone is worthy of making it beyond the first round).
And the reason we can all come together over this is because, reason number two, age is not an issue. We’ve all seen these movies, and more interestingly, we’ve all seen them at different times in our lives. There are people who have never known a world without Pixar! And there are those that remember the thrill of seeing Disney animation 70 years ago! It’s an amazing range and one ripe for conversation, which brings me to reason number three…
The Disney/Pixar Bracket challenge makes us be thoughtful and reflective of ourselves and others. Why does person “A” think Wall-E is an incredibly touching and thought-provoking movie about humanity and its relationship to nature and technology, and person “B” think it’s boring? Or why does person “A” see Beauty and the Beast as a feminist empowerment movie and person “B” sees it as essentially fetishizing Stockholm Syndrome? And what criteria is most important? Nostalgia, groundbreaking techniques, social commentary, box office haul, artistry, music, or storytelling? I’m always in favor of any activity, superfluous as it may seem, that aids us in moving closer to exploring the inner-landscape of our deepest self. It helps us understand our identity a little better and maybe gives us insight into others, and that can’t be a bad thing.
Now get to your brackets! Toy Story won mine!