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We finally know just about how many subscribers Hotstar has amassed over the years in India. “Approximately 8 million.”

Disney said on Wednesday that its eponymous streaming service now has over 50 million subscribers, nearly 8 million of whom are in India, where it launched its service atop Hotstar less than a week ago.

Five-year-old Hotstar is the most popular on-demand streaming service in India with more than 300 million users. The service and its operator, Indian network Star India, were picked up by Disney as part of its $71 billion deal with Fox last year.

For years, people in the industry have been curious about Hotstar’s premium subscriber base — to no luck. Most estimates have suggested it had about 1.5 million to 2 million subscribers. Executives at rival firms have expected that figure to be lower.

In fact, a months-long analysis conducted by one streaming firm in India concluded recently that there were 2 million paying subscribers for music and video services. So 8 million is a huge milestone.

But ARPU that Disney will clock from these 8 million subscriber is going to be far lower. Disney+ Hotstar is available in India at a yearly subscription cost of about $20. (That’s the revised subscription cost. Prior to Disney+’s launch in India, Hotstar charged about $13.) The service also offers a lower-cost tier that costs less than $5.5 a year.

And for that $20 a year, subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar get access to a wide-ranging catalog that includes access to Disney Originals in English as well as several local languages, live sporting events, dozens of TV channels, and thousands of movies and shows, including some sourced from HBO, Showtime, ABC and Fox that maintain syndication partnerships with the Indian streaming service.

“I think everyone is still trying to sort out the right pricing. It’s true the average Indian consumer is used to far lower prices and can’t afford more. However, we need to focus on the consumers likely to buy this, who have the requisite broadband access and income, etc,” Matthew Ball, former head of strategic planning for Amazon Studios, told TechCrunch in a recent conversation.

Disney+ competes with more than three dozen international and local players in India, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Times Internet’s MX Player (which has over 175 million monthly active users), Zee5, Apple TV+ and Alt Balaji, which has over 27 million subscribers. According to industry estimates, Amazon Prime Video has fewer than 5 million subscribers, and Netflix, fewer than 2 million.

Most of these services monetize their viewers through ads, and have kept their monthly subscription price below $3.

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When it comes to street art, there are usually two different opinions. One says that we can hardly call it ‘art’ and that it’s destroying the architecture in cities, while the other considers it art that not only colors the grayness of the concrete walls, but also gives more soul to old buildings. However, it is hard to argue about the works of one artist who is best known by the name EFIX since they actually help to ‘restore’ the city. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the artist!

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Love the incorporation of this one 🙂

30-year-old Barcelona-based artist EFIX is not only a street artist, but also a graphic designer and musician. He uses his art to ‘fix’ the ugly cityscape, such as cracks in concrete walls, broken pipes, etc. His tools are his humorous cartoons and illustrations of pop culture characters who perfectly blend into walls and sidewalks, interacting with their surroundings in a completely natural way and making streets look more alive. “I work a lot with Disney and Simpsons characters in general because they have already lived all the lives that any human being can have, so usually, when I see a shape that I like in the street, I take a picture of it and then I look at the photo every day to find an idea. Once I have the idea… I try to move it to the world of cartoons so that it touches my viewer even more easily,” says the artist.


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even banksy will laugh 😀


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Yes! This is a classic!

His career as a street artist started five years ago when he began to notice the unpleasant features of streets and buildings in Barcelona. That’s actually where his motivation and inspiration come from! EFIX decided to use his artwork to cover these unpleasant features and make his city even more beautiful. “What I like the most about street art is, first of all, the emotions it causes in people in general when I do my street art. I have a city cleaner costume, I put it on and then I sit in the street and watch the passers-by marvel at it, especially the children. It’s such a pleasant feeling to see a smile born on a face. And more personally, I like the feeling of giving something without expecting anything in return. Street art has taught me this value and it’s really rewarding.”


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Hakuna Matata

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Who else heard the music immediately?

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“My street art, in my eyes, wants to be positive street art. That’s why I take care never to damage the supports around me. I don’t want to disturb anything, so I prefer to make ephemeral art⁠—I find that there is a real poetic sense in that. This is why I use materials that do not stay over time, i.e. paper supports. And I use water and flour-based glues to create a texture that dissolves easily in the rain, or if the owner does not endorse my art. Just before creating the work, I take a photo of the wall and come with a meter to take its measurements. Once I have the proportions of the visuals, I go home and I draw it in the right dimensions. At one time, I tried to create my own colors with flower pigments, but I had a little trouble killing the flowers for my personal pleasure. And then, at nightfall, I come to paint my street art so that in the morning, it can work its magic on passers-by,” the artist explains his creative process.


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I would hug you!

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Free bird seed?

The artist draws popular and easily recognizable pop culture characters that come from cartoons and that most of us associate with our childhood. “I like to use Disney characters because they have a very strong relationship with childhood and touching the viewer at the root is even more beautiful in my eyes,” explains the artist.From The Simpsons, Tom & Jerry, to the Lion King and Mowgli and many more, it surely gives us that feeling of nostalgia and perfectly decorates the streets of Barcelona.


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Up up and AWAY!


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I tawt I taw a puddy tat..

“I started street art because I come from a big art school where you have the designers who end up in Pixar’s studios, for example. But I preferred to be interested in music, personally. Since leaving this school, I’ve had a very strong relationship with the street, where my job at the start was to record street artists and to mix my influences with theirs. I was very quickly influenced by the street because during the day, I recorded them with my microphones and at night, I composed. It leaves you with this feeling that the world belongs to you and you can then rediscover the world as you see it,” says EFIX. “I just want to say that no matter who we are, we have to believe in ourselves because nobody will do it for us. And if you have some crazy ideas, follow your ideas to the end. The world needs creativity, that’s what feeds it!”


1 day ago

Love this one! Nice in the streets but would also be fabulous in the garden.


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As if Homer would be caught dead with an apple.


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*splat* Looks like someone drove over it


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sideshow bob


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extremely creative…


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4 hours ago

Jessie, Don’t throw my hat up there after fooling around anymore!


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NO homer no!!!!


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why u always lying pinochio


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i… want..doughnut


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Fits perfectly 😀


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I would love to see this in public


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Doin the Bartman


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Is that not just a collision situation ?!


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these are all wonderful.

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what did you do this time Homer?

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Pixar has given us such masterpieces as ‘Up’ and ‘Coco’ that not only kept us glued to the screen but also invoked some truly deep emotions within our hearts. That’s why it’s no surprise that once the company announced their new project, people were pretty enthusiastic about it. And behold, the first trailer for ‘Soul’ just dropped and it already has over 3 million views on YouTube, as well as 117k likes. If that doesn’t showcase the audience’s interest in this new adventure, then only people’s reactions to it can.

Pixar has dropped a teaser for their next movie and it is about death and reincarnation

The computer-animated fantasy adventure film comedy film ‘Soul’ follows the life of Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher, who has long dreamed of performing jazz music onstage. As he finally scores an opportunity to do so after impressing other jazz musicians during an opening act at the Half Note Club, his dream completely crumbles when Joe suffers an accident that separates his soul from his body.

Gardner’s soul is then transported to “You Seminar” a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. There, Joe has to work with other souls to return to Earth. There he meets 22 (who is played by Tina Fey), a soul with a dim view on life after being trapped for years at the You Seminar.

The movie is set to be released in June 19, 2020 and stars Jamie Foxx in the main role. It is directed by Pete Docter and produced by Dana Murray, with the screenplay from Mike Jones, Kemp Powers and Pete himself. Foxx’s co-stars include Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs. The score is written by Nine Inch Nail’s duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, while Jon Batiste will be writing jazz songs for the film.

Here is Pixar’s first trailer for ‘Soul’ that gives us a glimpse at the main character, Joe Gardner

Here’s how people on the internet reacted to the trailer

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Netflix said on Wednesday that it will roll out a cheaper subscription plan in India, one of the last great growth markets for global companies, as the streaming giant scrambles to find ways to accelerate its slowing growth worldwide.

The company added 2.7 million new subscribers in the quarter that ended in June this year, it said today, far fewer than the 5 million figure it had forecasted earlier this year.

The company said lowering its subscription plan, which starts at $9 in the U.S., would help it reach more users in India and expand its overall subscriber base. The new plan will be available in India in Q3. According to third-party research firms, Netflix has fewer than 2 million subscribers in India.

Netflix started to test a lower-priced subscription plan in India and some other markets in Asia late last year. The plan restricts the usage of the service to one mobile device and offers only the standard definition viewing (~480p). During the period of testing, which was active as of two months ago, the company charged users as low as $4.

The company did not specify the exact amount it intends to charge users for the cheaper mobile-only plan. During the testing period, Netflix also provided some users the option to get a subscription that would only last for a week. The company also did not say if it intended to bring the cheaper plan to other markets. TechCrunch has reached out to Netflix for more details. (Update: Netflix declined to elaborate at this point.)

“After several months of testing, we’ve decided to roll out a lower-priced mobile-screen plan in India to complement our existing plans. We believe this plan, which will launch in Q3, will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU is low (below $5),” the company said in its quarterly earnings report.

The India challenge

Selling an entertainment service in India, the per capita GDP of which is under $2,000, is extremely challenging. The vast majority of companies that have performed exceedingly well in the nation offer their products and services at a very low price.

Just look at Spotify, which entered India earlier this year and for the first time decided to offer full access to its service at no cost to local users. Even its premium option that features playback in higher quality costs Rs 119 ($1.6) per month.

That’s not to say that winning in India, home to more than 1.3 billion people, can’t be rewarding. Disney-owned streaming service Hotstar, which offers 80% of its content catalog at no cost, has amassed more than 300 million monthly active users. There are about 500 million internet users in India, according to industry reports.

In fact, Hotstar set a global record for most simultaneous views to a live event — about 25.3 million users — during the recently concluded ICC cricket world cup. It broke its own previous records. Hotstar’s free offering comes bundled with ads, while its ad-free premium option costs Rs 999 ($14.5) for year-long access.

Amazon, another global rival of Netflix, bundles its Prime Video streaming service in its Prime membership, which includes access to faster delivery of packages and its music service, for Rs 999 a year.

For Netflix, the decision to lower its pricing in India comes at a time when it has hiked the subscription cost in many parts of the world in recent quarters. In the U.S., for instance, Netflix said earlier this year that it would raise its subscription price by up to 18%.

During a visit to India early last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the country could eventually emerge as the place that would bring the next 100 million users to his platform. “The Indian entertainment business will be much larger over the next 20 years because of investment in pay services like Netflix and others,” he said.

So far, Netflix has largely tried to lure customers through its original series. (Many popular U.S. shows such as NBC’s “The Office” that are available on Netflix’s U.S. catalog are not offered in its India palate.) The company, which has produced more than a dozen original shows and movies for India, this week unveiled five more that are in the pipeline.

“We are seeing nice, steady increases in engagement in India. Growth in that country is a marathon and we are in it for the long haul,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said during an earnings call today.

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In an effort likely aimed at boosting family memberships, Spotify this morning announced a new partnership with Disney on the creation of a Disney Hub on its streaming service. Here, Disney fans in select markets including the U.S. will find a selection of Disney playlists, like soundtracks from Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies, Star Wars instrumentals, classics, sing-alongs and more.

The Disney Hub is also live in the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It can be discovered by doing a search for “Disney” in the Spotify app.

Disney songs in particular appeal to families with children, and Spotify memberships that offer multiple profiles for both parents and kids alike are of more value to the streaming service. For example, Spotify Premium in the U.S. is $9.99 per month, but the Family membership is $14.99 per month. Of course, kids could just listen in under mom or dad’s account, but every parent knows that ruins one of Spotify’s best value propositions — its personalized playlists, like Discover Weekly.

Though Spotify isn’t always thought of as a family service, that’s increasingly changing as kids get their own devices at earlier ages, and music streaming becomes commonplace in the car and in the home, via smart speakers — often placed in kids’ rooms.


Spotify says Disney songs are popular on its service, with users having streamed more than 2 billion minutes of Disney music this year so far. The top song to date is still “Let it Go” from “Frozen,” but Disney’s new slate of remakes is helping push others up the charts, with “A Whole New World” from the live-action “Aladdin” now the most-repeated song in the past month.

The Disney Hub will also include the following playlists:

  • Disney Hits: Top songs from the biggest Disney and Pixar films.  
  • Disney Favorites: Everyone’s favorite current tunes, plus popular classics.
  • Disney Classics: A nostalgic playlist that includes songs from the Disney Parks, live-action and animated classic soundtracks, as well as songs from Disney Channel originals.
  • Disney Singalongs: Songs to sing along to. 
  • Disney Princess: Love ballads as well as the coming-of-age breakaways.
  • Marvel Music: All the best songs and scores from Marvel films and shows.
  • Best of Star Wars: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra’s music from Star Wars. 

It’s worth noting, too, that Spotify already has a close partnership with Hulu, which is now majority-owned by Disney. In the past, the companies have offered a Hulu-Spotify bundle at a discounted price to gain more subscribers. In March 2019, for example, the two launched an even more steeply discounted bundle than before, at $9.99 per month for both — or effectively Spotify Premium with Hulu for free.

As for Disney, working with Spotify can help it build interest in its new movies by creating more of a connection with fans. Spotify notes that the Disney Hub will, in fact, continue to be updated with music as more Disney films launch over the course of the summer and the rest of the year.

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What does it take to become a Disney Princess? Is it all about being beautiful and kind? Being born as a princess or marrying a prince?

Probably all girls dreamed of becoming a princess while watching the famous Disney movies in childhood. Even though at first most of the princesses were mistreated, their charm, beauty, and kindness saved them from a rough life in the end.

If you are as kind-hearted as Blake Lively, as charming as Amanda Seyfried or as beautiful as Emilia Clarke, you don’t have to be royal. Russian artist Helen Morgun decided to imagine how her favorite celebrities would look if they were the Disney princesses and the result is truly amazing!

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#1 Rihanna As Tiana

“Gorgeous Riri as Tiana! I think that someday I will draw her again because she’s perfect and she looks gorgeous. Also, I am really impressed with Tiana and her story that she did not sit and wait for her prince to come.”

#2 Margot Robbie As Elsa

“My first attempt to drawing this actress was not very successful. But I believe in a second chance. Hope you guys like it!”

#3 Amanda Seyfried As Rapunzel

“For this illustration, I have tried a new background format. I love this cartoon and I especially love the soundtrack of it.”

#4 Lucy Liu As Mulan

“I wanted to paint her for a really long time. But I had to redraw it twice. At first, I wanted to depict the moment when Mulan cuts her hair off with a sword but something went wrong in the process and I decided to do a slightly different version of her.”

#5 Blake Lively As Aurora

“I love the film “The Age of Adaline” with Blake Lively for its banal plot and the pleasant aftertaste after watching.”

#6 Billie Eilish As Kida Nedakh

“To be honest, I have learned about her on Instagram. Currently, my music taste is 99% songs from my childhood.”

#7 Emma Stone As Merida

“Have you ever shot a bow? I have twice in my life and I should admit that I really enjoyed it. The feeling when you hit the bull’s eye is certainly overwhelming! Of course, I shot at a static target and I can hardly imagine what it’s like to shoot at a moving target.”

#8 Mila Kunis As Esmeralda

“The lovely Mila Kunis as Esmeralda. Let’s talk about beauty! Beauty, of course, is a terrible power, but how important is it for you? Do you consider yourself beautiful? On a scale from 1 to 10, how much would you rate yourself?

There is a wonderful stand up on this topic by Jim Jeffrey. If you have not seen it yet, I recommend you watch it. I would rate myself as a 7 with my makeup. I admit that I like to look at beautiful people – in crowds, movies, or even Instagram. But for me, a person doesn’t need to have classical beautiful features. Charm is much more important to me.”

#9 Lily Collins As Snow White

“Beautiful Lily Collins as Snow White! Is this apple poisoned? Who will be next? Jasmine? Or maybe Ariel?”

#10 Megan Fox As Megara

“Many people asked me to draw Megan Fox. Therefore, I chose her.”

#11 Emilia Clarke As Belle

“I decided to choose Emilia Clarke because her nature is quite romantic and very suitable for this picture.”

#12 Selena Gomez As Moana

“Charming Selena Gomez as Moana! She’s one of my favorite princesses because the whole theme of the ocean, the beach, and palm trees is very close to me. I love to be in the sun and listen to the sound of the waves. I’m probably not the only one who loves that!”

#13 Leigh-Anne Pinnock As Pocahontas

“When I was a teenager, I had a dream to have a raccoon as a pet. But now when I watch videos on YouTube about raccoons, I am glad that my dream did not come true.”

#14 Sophie Turner As Ariel

“That is how Sophie Turner would look if she was Ariel. I hope you will like her in this role.”

#15 Camila Cabello As Jasmine

“In this picture, it is the beautiful Camila Cabello as Jasmine.”

#16 Cara Delevingne As Anna From Frozen

“And here’s my Anna from Frozen. Do you recognize the actress?”

#17 Naomi Scott As Jasmine

“Beautiful Naomi Scott as Jasmine (live action 2019). I made a mix of the old and new style so I hope you guys like it. Who else is looking forward to the premiere?”

#18 Ariana Grande As Vanellope

“This is how Ariana Grande would look if she was Vanellope. Just a proud and innocent girl! I like the first part of Ralph but unfortunately, I did not see the second part.”

#19 Rachel Mcadams As Cinderella

“Amazing Rachel McAdams as Cinderella.”

#20 Amber Heard As Alice

“You chose beautiful Amber Heard for Alice in Wonderland. So here it is! I hope you like it. Do you believe in mystical events and prophetic dreams?”

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Everybody loves a good Disney movie, incredible visuals, touching stories, killer music numbers and mesmerizing magical worlds that we can transport to for at least a couple of hours. It’s safe to say that for many of us Disney definitely had a major role in our childhoods. These entertaining stories are not made overnight, there is an incredible amount of skill and work that is put into these projects in order to create the kinds of stories that are beloved around the world. Now, we would have no problem naming most famous Disney characters, but have you ever considered what they would look like if the creators had gone with their original concept? This list compiled by Bored Panda invites you to check out the original concept sketches of the most famous Disney characters and compare how different they are from the final result you have come to know and love.

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#1 Rapunzel In Tangled (2010)

Back in 2004, a very talented illustrator called Claire Keane started working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a concept artist. Being the daughter of the very talented animator Glen Keane, Claire was surrounded by this type of art her entire life. In 2006, Claire started working on Tangled. Claire had an amazing opportunity to work alongside her talented father who was the director of Tangled, so it’s safe to say that we should be very thankful for the Keane family that this incredible movie exists. In one of the interviews, Glen Keane even said that Rapunzel’s personality was very much based on Claire’s childhood persona.

While working on this animation, Claire studied a lot of Scandinavian and medieval arts, she was also heavily inspired by Charley Harper.

This particular concept art of Rapunzel was inspired by a painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau who used mythological themes in his realistic paintings and emphasized the female body in his work. While describing her creative journey Claire said:

“While working on Tangled, I wanted to better understand the character of Rapunzel and what she did all day so I kept a journal of the things I did at home and translated it into Rapunzel’s world. It helped me see her as a real person who lived beyond the scenes and plot points of the movie. Rapunzel became somebody I could relate to even though our circumstances were worlds apart. This research helped me later on when I designed her murals.”

#2 Ursula In The Little Mermaid (1989)

Ursula’s character was at first designed to look like a “tall, thin regal-looking sea witch” and was based on a scorpion fish. Later, the animator behind this character Glen Keane took inspiration from a drag queen named Divine and decided to make Ursula look more like a “vampy overweight matron.” The final character even has Divine’s signature makeup, jewelry, and body type.

#3 Pocahontas In Pocahontas (1995)

It seems impossible to talk about Disney and not mention Glen Keane. Just like many other famous characters, Pocahontas’s portrayal was also the work of Keane. What’s interesting is that while creating this persona, the artist faced a rather difficult task, he was asked by Jeffrey Katzenberg to create “the most idealized and finest woman ever made.” To complete this request Keane took inspiration from such women as Filipino model Dyna Taylor, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, he also used a 1620 depiction of Pocahontas from a history book, though he later explained that she was “not exactly a candidate for People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ issue.” It took 55 animators to create the final Pocahontas.

#4 Carl Fredricksen In Up (2009)

After Disney bought Pixar back in 2006, movies that are now considered to belong to Disney started carrying very Pixar-like features that are usually quite different from what we’re used to seeing in Disney movies. For example, Pixar usually tends to design their characters to be caricatured. Even though the adorable Carl’s character from the movie Up wasn’t really supposed to be a caricature, it still has some features that clearly belong to the Pixar tradition; such as a nose shaped like a balloon and a not proportional head that is definitely not natural-looking, and definitely not something we are used to seeing in Disney movies.

#5 Tinker Bell In Peter Pan (1953)

It was Marc Davis’s (the man behind Cruella De Vil’s character) task to create Tinker Bell’s look since Davis has already proven his talent in creating outstanding female characters. Because Tinker Bell didn’t speak, animating her was a bit different than what Davis was used to, there was a need for a very strong expression of emotions through movement which wasn’t easy to portray. Tinker Bell’s character was a bit different than what we were usually used to seeing in Disney movies, she was a modern and independent woman. The pixie’s look resembled pin-up girls that were popular in the media at that time, many even compared her to Marilyn Monroe.

#6 Jane Porter In Tarzan (1999)

Tarzan is the 37th full-length Disney movie and was animated in two different countries at the same time, one part was done in California while another part was produced in Paris. Animator Glen Keane worked on Tarzan’s portrayal in California, and Ken Duncan worked on Jane’s character in Paris, this type of team-work caused a lot of inconveniences when it came to creating scenes of Jane and Tarzan together. The teams managed to co-operate by sending each other hundreds of animations and constantly organizing video conferences. Another interesting fact, Jane’s characteristics and mannerisms in the movie were also based on Minnie Driver that served as a voice actress for the movie.

#7 Alice In Alice In Wonderland (1951)

The mysterious Alice character was created by Mary Blair, an extremely talented artist who worked on other outstanding Disney films such as Pinocchio and Peter Pan. What had the biggest impact to Blair’s style was a trip to South Africa alongside Walt Disney where she fell in love with the colors and forms of their mesmerizing culture. For the next 10 years after her trip Mary used a lot of motifs in her work that were taken from South American cultures. Since the story of Alice In Wonderland is often described using a french word loufoques (meaning very strange or even ridiculous), it was rather difficult for Walt Disney to find a way to portray the story the way it is written in the original book. To find the best artistic solutions he invited Mary Blair since he considered her to be the most talented artists to work there. It’s safe to say, that Mary definitely delivered an outstanding art piece that is absolutely ageless.

#8 Maleficent In Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Maleficent’s character was created by Marc Davis who is also responsible for Cruella De Vil’s and Tinker Bell’s characters. Andreas Deja, a man who worked at Walt Disney for 30 years, created a blog post dedicated to Marc Davi’s concept of Maleficent. According to him, the first sketches showed Maleficent wearing black and red since it had a strong meaning to Davis but the background stylist Eyving Earle was keen to use other colors so they settled for black with purple. As Andreas says, “Sometimes teamwork isn’t easy.”

#9 Cruella De Vil In One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)

The genius behind the iconic Cruella De Vil is Marc Davis. This extremely talented illustrator was also the one who helped Walt Disney to created his first Disneyland theme park that many of us wish to visit one day. Marc had the incredible skill in creating incredible females characters in many iconic Disney movies, he is the author of not only Cruella De Vil but also Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Tinker Bell in Peter Pan. When asked which female persona he admires the most, Davis explained that every one of his female characters is unique and carries a different style, and he admires all of them but in a different way.

#10 Belle In Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Belle’s character was created by James Baxter and Mark Henn. This was not the first Disney princess for Henn, he had previously worked on Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, and Tiana. Because of his achievements Henn was considered the “go-to man behind many Disney princesses.” One of the main goals was to give Belle a more European-look, so they added fuller lips, narrower eyes and darker eyebrows, she also had “a little wisp of hair that kept falling in her face”, as it was previously described by Woolverton. One of the main inspirations behind Belle’s look was Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn.

#11 The Evil Queen In Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Back in 1934 Walt Disney came up with the idea to create a film adaption of a wonderful tale by Brothers Grimm called “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”. Inspired by this incredible story Walt Disney created a 4th full-length animated film in the history of animated movies. It took three long years to finish this project that at first many people considered to be absolutely crazy (mainly because the studio used all their money for this production). Soon after the premiere, people called this movie Walt Disney’s absolute chef-d’œuvre. Even though it cost the studio approximately 1,5 million dollars, only six months later Walt Disney had gained enough money from this movie to open a new studio in Burbank.

#12 Beast From Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Beauty and The Beast is considered to be one of the most successful movies in the history of animation, it was the first animated movie to be nominated for an Oscar and grossed 403 million dollars, making it the most successful animated movie of its time. Funny enough, Beauty and The Beast had a serious deadline, animators were ordered to finish the movie in two years rather than the traditional Disney four-year period. Animators and producers were in such a rush they first premiered the movie in New York even though it was not totally finished. Oh, and the iconic ballroom dancing scene? It’s actually just an exact copy of the dance sequence between Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, the animators just didn’t have enough time to create a new one.

#13 Princess Jasmine In Aladdin (1992)

The supervising animator behind Jasmine’s portrayal was Mark Henn, who was originally hired to illustrate Aladdin’s mother but since she was later removed from the script, he landed an even better role. Since there was a great desire to incorporate Arabian architecture into the film, Jasmine’s aesthetic was based on the famous mausoleum the Taj Mahal, the inspiration is visible in the character’s hair, clothes, and jewelry.

#14 Aristocats In The Aristocats (1970)

It took around eighteen months for Ken Anderson to finish developing the characters in the Aristocats. Five of Disney’s legendary “nine old men” worked on the movie, while the rest of the crew had the experience of over 25 years on average. It was definitely a movie full of skill and talent, and it clearly shows.

#15 Flynn Rider In Rapunzel (2010)

This one is particularly funny… While creating Flynn’s character, animators set out to create a “dashing thief.” Since Rapunzel’s look was so well thought out and she looked so stunning, there was an effort to make Flynn as beautiful as possible. To help out, producers and animators invited all of the women from the office to a “Hot Man Meeting” where ladies had to bring a picture of the hottest man in their opinion, after the meeting, the creators settled with Clark Gable and David Beckham for inspiration.

#16 Mulan In Mulan (1998)

It’s clear that Mulan’s look was inspired by traditional Japanese and Chinese artwork. The character was designed to resemble figures in traditional Asian paintings. Mulan was also drawn less feminine than the original Disney princesses simply because “you can’t pass as a man in the army with a Barbie-style figure.”

#17 Aladdin In Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is the 31st full-length movie created by Walt Disney Animation Studios, it was inspired by a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales “One Thousand and One Nights”. The story of Aladdin has been changed quite a bit while turning it into a movie. For example, in the original tale, there was no magical carpet, Aladdin actually had a mother even though his father was deceased, and Genie actually was able to grant more than three wishes.

Aladdin was released in 1992, quickly after the huge success of the Little Mermaid. In 1991, Disney also released one if its most famous movies Beauty And The Beast, now all of these magical movies belong to the Renaissance Era of Disney that took place from 1989 to 1999.

#18 Anna In Frozen (2013)

Anna’s look is often compared to Rapunzel by many people, who think the two Disney princesses look similar. But if you look closer you will notice that they are actually quite different, Anna has fuller cheeks, her face and chin is rounder, her eyebrows and eyelashes are also bigger than Rapunzel’s. Despite these differences, they do have some things in common. When it comes to Anna’s costume in the film, creators of the movie analyzed traditional Norwegian clothing styles and used them for Anna’s look. Because of the Scandinavian weather, Anna was dressed in heavy wools and velvets.

#19 Genie In Aladdin (1992)

Genie in the Aladdin was created by Eric Goldberg who was just starting to take his first steps in the Walt Disney world. It is believed that Eric’s cheerful personality and humor had a very big impact on creating the Genie character in the movie. When it comes to graphics, Goldberg was mainly inspired by a famous caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The entire style of the movie Aladdin was very “cartoonish” meaning it had deformed buildings, everything was round and often misshaped. This type of style was chosen in order to create a stronger effect of an imaginary Agrabah kingdom. 

#20 Ariel In The Little Mermaid (1989)

Ariel’s look was created by Glen Keane who jokingly said that his wife looks exactly like Ariel but without the fins. He also stated that Ariel’s characteristics were based on Alyssa Milano, and the underwater hair effect was based on footage of Sally Ride when she was in space.

#21 Princess Aurora In Sleeping Beauty (1959)

While creating Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney challenged his animators to make the film’s characters as realistic as possible. The animator behind Aurora is Marc Davis, who was already known as Disney’s go-to guy for drawing lovely leading ladies. Davis was responsible for such beauties as Cinderella, Alice, Snow White, and Tinker Bell. Aurora was the first princess to have violet eyes, and her figure was mainly inspired by Audrey Hepburn.

#22 Snow White In Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length animated movie created by Walt Disney and was a massive success. The movie was created with the help of such talented illustrators like Albert Hurter, Gustaf Tenggren and Joe Grant. The concept of Snow White isn’t that different from the final result except her eyes got way smaller and more realistic (which is typical for Disney to avoid over exaggerated features that make characters look less realistic).

#23 Cinderella In Cinderella (1950)

It’s impossible to talk about the concept art of Disney and not mention Mary Blair at least a couple of times, this incredibly talented woman is the genius behind many iconic Disney movies, and Cinderella is one of them. This animation was a second full-length movie created by Walt Disney and is probably the most popular one to this day. Back in 1945, after the WWII was coming to its end, artists at Walt Disney studio were able to get back to their regular work, which meant it was time for another iconic movie to be presented to the world. The artistic part of the movie was in Mary Blair’s hands since Walt was very much amazed by Blair’s unique use of style and color that was mainly inspired by her trip to South America in 1941. Cinderella was released on 15th of February, 1950, and it was a massive success. It was safe to say that Blair’s theatrical and colorful approach was definitely what the public wanted. Cinderella started the Silver Era of Disney movies that lasted until 1959 when the movie Sleeping Beauty was released.

#24 Peter Pan In Peter Pan (1953)

Mit Kahl was assigned to animate Peter Pan even though he initially wished to animate Captain Hook. According to him, the most difficult part was to animate the character floating in mid-air.

#25 King Triton In The Little Mermaid (1989)

In the original version by Hans Christian Andersen, Triton doesn’t have a name and is not prejudice towards humans. Producers explained that the conflicts in the movie between Ariel and her father often occur mainly because they are such strong personalities. Triton’s character is inspired by the song of the Greek sea god Poseidon.

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Snapchat needs a sugar daddy. Its cash reserves are dwindling from giant quarterly losses. Morale is poor from a battered share price and cost-cutting measures sap momentum. And intense competition from Facebook is preventing rapid growth. With just $1.4 billion in assets remaining at the end of a brutal Q3 2018 and analyst MoffetNathanson estimating it will lose $1.5 billion in 2019 alone, Snapchat could run out of money well before it’s projected to break even in 2020 or 2021.

So what are Snap’s options?

A long and lonely road

Snap’s big hope is to show a business turnaround story like Twitter, which saw its stock jump 14 percent this week despite losing monthly active users by deepening daily user engagement and producing profits. But without some change that massively increases daily time spent while reducing costs, it could take years for Snap to reach profitability. The company has already laid off 120 employees in March, or 7 percent of its workforce. And 40 percent of the remaining 3,000 employees plan to leave — up 11 percentage points from Q1 2018 according to internal survey data attained by Cheddar’s Alex Heath.

Snapchat is relying on the Project Mushroom engineering overhaul of its Android app to speed up performance, and thereby accelerate user growth and retention. Snap neglected the developing world’s Android market for years as it focused on iPhone-toting US teens. Given Snapchat is all about quick videos, slow load times made it nearly unusable, especially in markets with slower network connections and older phones.

Looking at the competitive landscape, WhatsApp’s Snapchat Stories clone Status has grown to 450 million daily users while Instagram Stories has reached 400 million dailies — much of that coming in the developing world, thereby blocking Snap’s growth abroad as I predicted when Insta Stories launched. Snap actually lost 3 million daily users in Q2 2018. Snap Map hasn’t become ubiquitous, Snap’s Original Shows still aren’t premium enough to drag in tons of new users, Discover is a clickbait-overloaded mess, and Instagram has already copied the best parts of its ephemeral messaging.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Evan Spiegel of Snapchat attends TechCruch Disrupt SF 2013 at San Francisco Design Center on September 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

As BTIG’s Rich Greenfield points out, CEO Evan Spiegel claims Snapchat is the fastest way to communicate, but it’s not for text messaging, and the default that chats disappear makes it unreliable of utilitarian chat. And if WhatsApp were to add an ephemeral messaging feature of its own, growth for Snapchat could get even tougher. Snap will have to hope it can hold on to its existing users and squeeze more cash out of them to keep reducing losses.

All those product missteps and market neglect have metastasized into a serious growth problem for Snapchat. It lost another 2 million users this quarter, and expects to sink further in Q4. Even with the Android rebuild, Spiegel’s assurances for renewed user growth in 2019 seem spurious. That means it’s highly unlikely that Snapchat will achieve Speigel’s goal of hitting profitability in 2019. Snap did successfully reduce the rate of its free cash flow burn from a loss of $234 million in Q2 2018 to a loss of $159 million in Q3, adding to analyst MoffettNathanson’s projections for its run. But unless Snap bounces back, it will still need either an investor or acquirer to come to its aid by 2020.

Snapchat loses 2M more users in Q3 as shares sink to new low

A bailout check

Snap could sell more equity to raise money. $500 million to $1 billion would probably give it the runway necessary to get into the black. But from where? With all the scrutiny on Saudi Arabia, Snap might avoid taking money from the kingdom. Saudi’s Prince Al-Waleed Talal already invested $250 million to buy 2.5 percent of Snap on the open market.

Snap’s best bet might be to take more money from Chinese internet giant Tencent. The massive corporation already spent around $2 billion to buy a 12 percent stake in Snap from the open market. The WeChat owner has plenty of synergies with Snapchat, especially since it runs a massive gaming business and Snap is planning to launch a third-party developer gaming platform.

Tencent could still be a potential acquirer for Snap, but given President Trump’s trade war with China, he might push regulators to block a sale. The state of American social networks like Twitter and Facebook that are under siege by foreign election interference, trolls, and hackers might make the US government understandably concerned about a Chinese giant owning one of the top teen apps. The same goes for fellow Chinese giants like Alibaba, or Musically/TikTok owner ByteDance.

For Snap, the dream would be getting a minority stake investment from one of these that doesn’t come with voting rights. But regardless of who would invest, they’d be wise to demand a say in the business — something Snap has denied investors through a governance structure. Spiegel and his co-founder Bobby Murphy both get 10 votes per share. That’s estimated to amount to 89 percent of the voting rights. Shares issued in the IPO came with zero voting rights.

Snap could tap its credit facility from its IPO underwriters, with terms established back when it had much more momentum. Trying to raise new debt with the user base shrinking would likely come with onerous terms.

Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, developers of Snapchat (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images)

But that surely wouldn’t sit well with any investor willing to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the beleaguered company. Spiegel has taken responsibility for pushing the disastrous redesign early this year that coincided with a significant drop in its download rank. It also inspired a tweet from mega-celebrity Kylie Jenner bashing the app that shaved $1.3 billion off the company’s market cap.

Between the redesign flop, stagnant product innovation, and Spiegel laughing off Facebook’s competition only to be crushed by it, the CEO no longer has the sterling reputation that allowed him to secure total voting control for the co-founders. That means investors will want assurance that if they inject a ton of cash, they’ll have some recourse if Spiegel mismanages it. He may need to swallow his pride, issue voting shares, and commit to milestones he’s required to hit to retain his role as chief executive.

A Soft Landing Somewhere Else

Snap could alternatively surrender as an independent company and be acquired by a deep-pocketed tech giant. Without having to worry about finances or short-term goals, Snap could invest in improving its features and app performance for the long-term. Social networks are tough to kill entirely, so despite competition, Snap could become lucrative if aided through this rough spot.

Again, the biggest barrier to this path is Spiegel. Combine totalitarian voting control with the $637 million bonus Spiegel got for taking Snap public, and he has little financial incentive or shareholder pressure compelling him to sell. Even if the company was bleeding out much worse than it is already, Spiegel could ride it into the ground. The only way to get a deal done might be to make Spiegel perceive it as a win.

Selling to Disney could be spun as a such. It hasn’t really figured out mobile amidst distraction from super heroes and Star Wars. Its core tween audience are addicted to YouTube and Snap even if they shouldn’t be on them. They’re both LA companies. And Disney already ponied up $350 million to buy kids desktop social networking game Club Penguin. Becoming head of mobile or something like that for the most iconic entertainment company ever could a vaulted-enough position to entice Spiegel. I could see him being a Disney CEO candidate one day.

What about walking in the footsteps of Steve Jobs? Apple isn’t social. It failed so badly with efforts like its Ping music listeners network that it’s basically abdicated the whole market. iMessage and its cutesy Animoji are its only stakes. Meanwhile, it’s getting tougher and tougher to differentiate with mobile hardware. Each new iPhone seems closer to the last. Apple has resorted to questionable decisions like ditching the oft-missed headphone jack and reliable TouchID to keep the industrial design in flux.

Increasingly, Apple must rely on its iOS software to compete for customers with Android headsets. But you know who’s great at making interesting software? Snapchat. You know who has a great relationship with the next generation of phone owners? Snapchat. And do you know whose CEO could probably smile earnestly beside Tim Cook announcing a brighter future for social media unlocked by two privacy-focused companies joining forces? Snapchat. Plus, think of all the fun Snapple jokes?

Amazon could swoop in to turn Snapchat into a product discovery and demand generation hub. Amazon already rules in ecommerce when you know what you want, but doesn’t have a strong destination property that inspires people to lust for new purchases. Amazon already partnered with Snapchat to power product results for its new visual search feature. Spiegel could view becoming part of the world’s most valuable company as a success even if he’d prefer Snap stay independent. And Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch shows it’s not afraid to assimilate large consumer software businesses.

There’s a chance to take revenge on Facebook if Snapchat wanted to team up with Mark Zuckerberg’s old arch nemesis Google . After Zuck declared “Carthage must be destroyed”, Google+ flopped and its messaging apps became a fragmented mess. Alphabet has since leaned away from social networking. Of course it still has the juggernaut that is YouTube — a perennial teen favorite alongside Snapchat and Instagram. And it’s got the perfect complement to Snap’s ephemerality in the form of Google Photos, the best-in-class permanent photo archiving tool. With the consume side of Google+ shutting down after accidentally exposing user data, Google still lacks a traditional social network where being a friend comes before being a fan.

What Google does have is a reputation for delivering the future. From Waymo’s self-driving cars to Calico’s plan to make you live forever, Google is an inventive place where big ideas come to fruition. Spiegel could frame Google as aligned with its philosophy of creating new ways to organize and consume information that adapt to human behavior. He surely wouldn’t mind being lumped in with Internet visionaries like Larry Page and Sergei Brin. Google’s Android expertise could reinvigorate Snap in emerging markets. And together they could take a stronger swing at Facebook.

But there are problems with all of these options. Buying Snap would be a massive bet for Disney, and Snap’s lingering bad rap as a sexting app might dissuade Mickey Mouse’s overlords. Apple rarely buys such late-stage public companies. CEO Tim Cook has been able to take the moral high ground because Apple makes its money from hardware rather than off of  personal info through ad targeting. If Apple owned Snap, it’d be in the data exploitation business just like everyone else.

And Google’s existing dominance in software might draw the attention of regulators. The prevailing sentiment is that it was a massive mistake to let Facebook acquire Instagram and WhatsApp, as it centralized power and created a social empire. With Google already owning YouTube, the government might see problems with it buying one of the other most popular teen apps. While Amazon also owns a top teen app in Twitch, and its status as the world’s most valuable company might also trigger regulatory scrutiny.

That’s why I think Netflix could be a great acquirer for Snap. They’re both video entertainment companies at the vanguard of cultural relevance, yet have no overlap in products. Netflix already showed its appreciation for Snapchat’s innovation by adopting a Stories-like vertical video clip format for discovering and previewing what you could watch. The two could partner to promote Netflix Originals and subscriptions inside of Snapchat. Netflix could teach Snap how to win at exclusive content while gaining a place to distribute video that’s under 20 minutes long.

With a $130 billion market cap, Netflix could certainly afford it. Though since Netflix already has $6 billion in debt from financing Originals, it would have to either sell more debt or issue Netflix shares to Snapchat’s owners. But given Netflix’s high-flying performance, massive market share, and cultural primacy, the big question is whether Snap would drag it down.

So how much would it potentially cost? Snap’s market cap is hovering around $8.8 billion with a $6.28 share price. That’s around its all-time low and just over a quarter of its IPO pop share price high. Acquiring Snap would surely require paying a premium above the market cap. Remember, Google already reportedly offered to acquire Snap for $30 billion prior to its final funding round and IPO. But that was before Snap’s growth rate sunk and it started losing the Stories War to Facebook. A much smaller offer could look a lot prettier now.

Social networks are hard to kill. Snapchat deserves to live on somehow, having invented formats that dominate social tech today, even if it doesn’t own all the products benefiting from them. If Snap can cut costs, fix its product, improve revenue per users, and score some outside investment, it could survive and slowly climb. If Twitter is any indication, aging social networks can reflower into lucrative businesses given enough time and product care. But if Snapchat wants to play in the big leagues and continue having a major influence on the mobile future, it may have to snap out of the idea that it can win on its own.

Snapchat loses 2M more users in Q3 as shares sink to new low

[Update: Thoughts about Amazon and ByteDance added, plus revised projections from MoffettNathanson stating Snap would not run out of cash until 2020.]

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An 11-year-old from Texas wowed the crowdand Idina Menzelduring her July 30 concert when theFrozen singer and actress asked for volunteers to sing with her.

In a YouTube video capturing the magic, Luke, the preteen with impressive pipes, is seen immediately called upon by Menzel and is clearly the only boy in a crowd of girls.

Though Menzel said boys usually tell her they don’t like “Let It Go” and prefer Justin Timberlake’s track from the movieTrolls, Luke couldn’t have been more in opposition.

“Heck to the no, he replied, shaking his head in disbelief. “Im offended.”

When it came time to sing the song, it only took a few bars for Menzel and the crowd to realize that he wasn’t just a fan but a full-fledged musician himself.

Menzel offered to let Luke sing a different song since the crowd cheered through his first performance, but he chose to sing through the chorus again, adding in extra frills that even the most shameless of shower singers would be embarrassed to try aloud. Luke even got to wrap up the segment with Menzel, all by himself.

“I can’t sing it like that,” Menzel told the girls on the stage. “I’m gonna try tomorrow, I’m so inspired.”

Luke told news station WFAA 8 that he’d never received a standing ovation before, but he’s already ready for his next performance.

“I know boys don’t like ‘Let It Go’ because it’s a ‘girls’ song,’” Luke said, rolling his eyes. “But I mean, songs are for everyone. It’s music, it’s art.”

Watch Luke’s entire stint with Menzel below:

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