Awkward is a great trait to have if you are a Disney character nowadays. I don’t mean that as an insult, as I am awkward, too! It is a trait that is becoming more and more popular amongst characters in films and TV shows as not only a humor mechanism, but also as something viewers can latch onto and relate.
Take for example Anna in Frozen. Kristen Bell has been adamant about saying she IS Anna and she wanted to make her just as awkward as she is, because when she was younger, the princesses all had this “perfect” quality she couldn’t relate to as much as just think about. She wanted Anna to have the qualities she could have related to as a kid.
Then you have the fantastic Dipper from Planes: Fire and Rescue who stole the show. Julie Bowen was the perfect choice for the awkward and way too sincere character who just LOVES Dusty Crophopper…maybe a little too much. Her last line in the movie killed me, “I like watching you sleep” took her kindness (SPOILER ALERT) of watching Dusty during his “plane coma” and made the moment super awkward, which is probably something I would’ve done in the situation. Dipper sometimes doesn’t know what to say or when to say it, even though her intentions are there.
Riley over on Girl Meets World is built around her awkwardness. The whole premise of the show, amongst things like family and friendships, is about her navigating middle school and the world while having an awkward persona. The show has me hooked, 4 episodes in. Her personality is sweet and kind, while also being wacky and unpredictable, thanks to that awkward gene.
What do you think of the awkward trend? Do you think it’s overplayed? Can you relate? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time…have a magical day.