During my undergraduate studies in French and German at the University of Cambridge, I developed an interest in the role of film in the creation of political and ethical discourses. My work was informed by the historical backdrop of annihilating violence symbolised with particular clarity in Berlin, where I spent an exchange year studying film. These interests, along with my experience as a former serviceman in the Republic of Singapore Navy, informed my writing on wartime visual culture during my MPhil course in Screen Media. Topics I examined in this context ranged from the National Socialist propaganda machine to Marvel Studios’ Captain America film trilogy. As this turn implies, the focus of my work shifted from the Second World War as the high-water mark of physical destruction to the regime of vulnerability inflicted on global society in the ‘War on Terror’. Following this shift to mainstream cinema, my present research concerns the political and ethical weight of Disney animated features from 2012 onwards.