You always hear how two wrongs don’t make a right, but what about three? When approached with the opportunity to design a Venn Diagram involving pop culture I decided to do the pop culture I’m best at, Disney! I’ll pause for a second while you be surprised. You good? Okay. So I immediately had this idea to somehow make it so that way a villain would be associated with one of the good guys! This was so hard to do!
So the way that I started planning this was writing down different characters of interest (which I wrote on crayon in a napkin in IHOP). On the villains side I had characters like Ursula, Scar, the Shadow Man, Jafar, Evil Queen, Stepmother, and Malicifent. On the good guys side I had the fairy god mother, Timon and Pumba, Mushu, Mama Odie, Genie ans the 3 good fairies. I knew right away that this was going to be a challenge, but once I started I really wouldn’t stop. I haven’t dedicated too much blog posts to one of my favorite Disney movies, Mulan, so I decided to make Mushu be my character of interest. Brainstorming with my friends we start listing different things that happened to Mushu or qualities that he may have. One of the first things that we saw he had in common with two villains were that he changed his state of being. At the very beginning, Mushu is actually a metal statue where he then transforms to the dragon. Looking at our villains side, Ursula transforms from an octopus to a woman in order to throw off Prince Eric for falling for Ariel (nice try Ursula), and Jafar gets what is coming for him when he turns in a genie at the end of the movie and ultimately gets trapped (he also turns into a huge snake, but I hate those so it gets little recognition). So now that I had three of the four characters locked in, I had to start thinking about similarities and difference between them. Looking just at Mushu and Ursula I noticed that they both played a major role in the princess’s transformation throughout the movie. Mushu helped transform Mulan into acting more like a man (and even gave her a cover up name), and Ursula transformed Ariel from a mermaid to a human. So now I looked back at my list of villains and noticed that the Shadow Man is the one who transformed Prince Naveen into a frog, which was pretty major to the movie. Now I had all of my characters, so it was show time! All I had left to do was find a similarity between Jafar, Mushu, and the Shadow Man. Easy right? Nope. Any similarity that I could find seemed to include Ursula as well, which would make her belong to the middle category with Mushu. Until finally I found a trait that she did not have in common, she’s a girl! Yes that is right, Mushu, Jafar and the Shadow Man are all male figures, Ursula certainly is not. Therefore I had my last quality and was ready to design.
I made my design in Microsoft Word since I felt comfortable using those tools, I then print screened the end result and saved it to a jpeg file using GIMP. I based it off the example that was shown in the instructions because I really liked the way it looked. I played with the fonts a little bit to make certain things stand out more than others, but I was pleased with the end result.
Thanks for reading!