How quickly the worm can turn on some harmless time with a photo editor, a handful of purloined Pixar and Disney movie logos, and a Twitter account. What started out as a fun way to riff on the NCAA basketball tournament by adopting its bracket system to debate the relative merits of 16 movies from each of the Mouse House's animation studios has now descended into a teeth-gnashing swirl of fan chaos.
Well, that’s taking things a little far perhaps. But when a Twitter user (and evident Disney fan) who goes by "AP" posted a blank bracket stacked with a pre-selected choice of movies a few days back, people started filling them out and sharing them. Once the internet had gotten a peek at some fans’... let’s just say unconventional tastes... well, that's when people really started freaking out.
Of course much of the debate swirls around which movies from among the 32 choices are better than others. When one widely circulated bracket put Monsters, Inc. in the title spot — an achievement that required a tournament run through an all-Pixar lineup including Cars, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2 before taking out Disney’s Mulan in the title match, the meltdown was on.
As you might already have noticed, there’s the question of seeding. Plenty of people wondered aloud how two relatively evenly matched films (in their estimation) could end up squaring off in the very first round. Frozen versus Moana — really? Where are the 16-1 matchups? And how, ¡Dios mío!, did Coco get knocked out in the first round by Cars 3?
Lastly, a big point of contention was the omission of all the stone-cold classic movies from Disney’s extensive back catalog.
The two brackets list films that appear to date only from the time of Pixar’s 1986 launch, including films from Disney, where The Little Mermaid (1989), the oldest, still sits relatively young in a much older film archive. But some fans weren’t having it, questioning how a bracket pitting the best films from each studio could exclude an honor roll’s worth of milestones in the history of animated film: think Peter Pan, Cinderella, Pinocchio, or Snow White.
Pixar animator Austin Madison even questioned the move…before putting Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in the top spot anyway, a feat that required a hard-earned title-match victory over his own studio’s Toy Story.
Hey, we’re lovers here, not fighters. We’ve all got different tastes, and we’d be remiss to start slinging opinions around (*cough* Aladdin) and drive the wedge even further. Maybe it's time we all just let this whole thing go.
On second thought, we’ll just leave this here: