Disney’s Animation Empire Told Through Data Viz

Animation is a huge passion of mine. I’ve been in love with the industry since I was little and have been following it to this day. As a result of that I’ve noticed a few patterns, but in all honesty somebody that isn’t following the industry as closely as I have could probably notice a few things too.

For example, Disney is a powerhouse in the animation industry. But how far does that reach go? Does it go globally? Do audiences, critics and box office numbers all agree that Disney is the forefront of the animation industry. I wanted to find out for myself.

https://public.tableau.com/views/DisneysGlobalAnimationEmpire/Story1?:embed=y&:display_count=yes&:origin=viz_share_link

Since Tableau doesn’t want to embed all my great data visualizations I’ll place them as screen shots below and include the excel sheets that corresponds with them.

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This was such an interesting project and a real learning experience for me. I’ve never taken an online class before so going in I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to keep up or I would run into problems I didn’t know how to solve along the way. But I was wrong. Wait, let me try that again. But I was wrong! I learned a lot from this class and found it easy to follow, interesting and helpful for my future endeavors!

I always found data visualization really interesting but I figured it would be really difficult or just something other people besides me would be able to do. But since I started this class and discovered Tableau I’ve been creating data vizzes that look like the kind of graphics I used to look at and wish I knew how to do. Sure Tableau was difficult in the beginning but every week I found it easier and easier to use. Once you get around Tableau’s backwards way of thinking it starts to become second nature. Sure, I’ve still got a lot more learning to do with it, but I think what I’ve managed to create isn’t too shabby for a four week crash course on the application.

That being said there were still some things I wish I could have included but couldn’t figure out the mechanics for. Perhaps some more playing around on the system would have helped me figure things out in time. Also, some things I had wanted to do weren’t possible in Tableau at all. For example I had wanted to put a green boarder around the circles that had above a 75% on the audience score data viz to signify they were certified fresh, but that was not possible.

Putting everything together definitely took a bit of time. I opened up A LOT of sheets. There was a lot of going back and forth on excel sheets and in Tableau to get a result I was happy with. I’m also pretty new to Excel so there was a bit of a learning curve there.

All in all I’m leaving this class with new skills in Excel and Tableau that will impress any future employer. I’m also taking a new understanding of what data viz is and how I can create my own. Most importantly I’m leaving this class with a new love for data viz and a hunger to learn even more about it.

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