disney presented its first plus-size heroine in a new short film on its streaming platform.
Reflectwhich is part of Disney’s Short Circuit experimental film series, follows Bianca, a young ballet dancer who struggles with her thinking due to low self-esteem and body dysmorphia.
In the film, directed by Hillary Bradfield, Bianca’s teacher can be seen reminding her to have a “tight stomach!” and a “long neck!” as she stands in position at the bar.
We then see Bianca gradually gaining confidence and preparing to continue her ballet class.
Bradfield worked as an animation artist on Frozen 2 and Encanto — the latter featured Disney’s first bespectacled princess.
Reflect arrived on Disney Plus on September 14, but is now gaining a new fan base online.
One tweeted: “Me, at 16, I needed this Disney short before I quit ballet because I didn’t want to be the fat girl in the class anymore. I’m glad the little ones have that. 10/10 for Reflect!”
“This is amazing!” wrote a second, while a third said: “I saw this Disney short titled Reflect and it tore me apart emotionally.
“It’s about a little plus-size girl doing ballet and the mirrors start swallowing her because of her body insecurity, but she still destroys them dancing.”
Disney has made efforts to improve its representation in new projects. In March, the Disney-Pixar animated film turn redwhich discussed menstruation and puberty, sparked much debate among critics and fans.