Compare the films, 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Toy Story'. Showing the different ways in which they represent heroes and villains. How do they appeal to a modern audience?

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Compare the films, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Toy Story’.  Showing the different ways in which they represent heroes and villains. How do they appeal to a modern audience?


Disney is an excellent example of a Media corporation as it is known worldwide, go any where in the world and ask someone about Mickey Mouse or Daffy Duck and they will know that you are talking about Disney. They have a huge range of advertising and merchandise ranging from children’s books and films to holiday resorts and theme parks.  The Disney brand appeals to all, children and adults alike.

Beauty and the Beast is a classic film using old style animation techniques. It has been recently digitally re-mastered for the next generation to enjoy the magic of Disney. In comparison Toy Story uses computer generated images which saves time and gives a more realistic feel to the film.

Although these are very different films they still have some similarities. In both films the main characters go on journeys to learn something about life or about them-selves. In Beauty and the Beast the main characters are human if you count the beast as a human and in Toy Story the main focus is on the toys. Both films appeal to a wide audience although Toy Story has some more mature humour and references to more adult-orientated films.


Woody is a very stereotypical cowboy. The boots, cowboy hat and phrases his voice box say all add to his character. His costume makes you know straight away that Woody is a cowboy.

 Woody is the villain in Toy Story at the beginning of the film when Buzz first arrives in the bedroom. He is jealous of Buzz as he is not getting the same respect from his friends as before. The other toys now admire Buzz whereas before it was Woody who was their leader. The main reason behind this is they were relieved it was Woody being ‘replaced’ and not them. It is also because Buzz is so cool; he is brand new and shiny with lots of cool gadgets. As the story moves on Woody begins to change and realize that Buzz is not such a threat as he first assumed. He begins to change to what he was before, leading the way and setting a good example. He helps them get to Pizza Planet and saves Buzz from being blown up by a firework by their evil next door neighbour, Sid.

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Sid is a villainous character; he destroys toys for fun and is feared by all of the toys. Woody shows his great leadership again when he organizes the toys in a revolt against Sid, leaving him shaken and very scared. He is a very dark character and this is shown by his image, a black t-shirt with a skull on, scruffy hair and chipped, black teeth. His dog Scud is like a sidekick sharing Sid’s hate for toys, regularly chewing them to pieces.

The way in which the toys are represented is important as well, when there is ...

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