The Cliffside Asylum.
Isolated. Impressive. Sinister.
Seriously, this is the most impressive setting in a modern-day-setting Disney film.
I mean, this is the first present-day institution Disney Pictures has ever created, and I was raised at an institution...
They manage not only to make it country-esque and set it in a Sturm und Drang landscape...
it's even turned out ominous.
Cliffside Asylum is positioned atop a waterfall, and (to judge by the rusted equipment) is pretty old...
Well, my main institution setting, Strawberry Fields in The Stars' Tears, is on the Cornish coast, and it is one day sunny and full of colour, the next day sinister and stormy. One day it's the spitting image of the Cliffside Freaking Asylum, the next one it's just like the Reach or the Shire. Near the institute, there is a regiment's quarters, as well as an upper-class village (with a military academy, an all-female boarding school, oodles of mansions, a shopping palace, a country club...), and a typically Cornish local community with a port nearby. It all plays a huge part in the end, when it is revealed that the backstory of most of these settings dates back to the pre-war tensions of the Late Victorian-Edwardian era, unfurling a regional history that spans through both World Wars and the Cold War.
The other country-esque setting of Disney's latest film, Bunnyburrow, is an idyllic backwater community. Think the Reach or the Shire, populated by anthropomorphic rabbits. As cute as it sounds. The other side of the coin, one can say.
The quaint local community and the fearsome mental institution. Two settings I know like the back of my hand, for I was born in the former and raised in the latter.
I was taken from a place like Bunnyburrow to the nearby Cliffside Asylum. Well, but imagine that both the community and the asylum are, like, in Dorne. Sunny, warm places without warm winter or lush vegetation... it was and is eastern Spain, after all!