Both movies illustrate the mistreatment of step children, the importance of young girls having a father figure in their lives, and the hope of finding true love and living happily ever after. Numerous traditional and modern versions of the Cinderella story have been recreated. These stories depict people of different race and ethnicities from all over the world. Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella can be best described as a traditional version of the story with a cultural
From its onset with its first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Disney has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon today. But over the years, various parent groups, scholars and film critics have accused Disney for creating shallow, stereotypical princesses whose ultimate aim was to find her 'prince charming ' and live happily ever after. In her article, “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” in the New York Times, Peggy Orenstein expresses her concern over the effect of princess figures like Cinderella on young girls ' perceptions of themselves and how they should behave (“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?”). However, the later Disney films have gradually attempted to break away from this stereotype resulting in stronger female characters like Ariel, Mulan, and Elsa among others. Keeping this transition in mind, this paper uses semiotic analysis of four popular Disney films, namely, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Mulan (1998) to depict the influence of societies ' changing perceptions of women on the portrayal of Disney princesses.
Cinderella and Shrek both display gender expectations through fairy tale conventions, but in different contexts. The traditional version of Cinderella was written by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s, whereas Shrek, a film by DreamWorks, was released in 2001. Cultural and social values from both time periods are used in both films, through several techniques and conventions. Cinderella uses various fairy tale conventions, mainly relating to Cinderella and her home life. These include a conventional 19th century house maiden who has suffered, a handsome prince and a wicked stepmother.
Fairy Tales are popular children’s stories involving magical beings and lands. Due to the Native American beliefs, myths are the most heavily concentrated folklore. The values that are reflected in this culture 's lore are bravery, curiosity, faith, loyalty, and religion. Oral tradition and folklore
How does Disney Princess influence young girls? Disney princesses were Created by Andy Mooney, a worker of the Disney Consumer Products, in the late 1990s, it features a line-up of fictional female heroines. Since 1937, Walt Disney Studios has been creating fairytale movies that total fifty feature films. Many of these films, the most classic, are based in ancient stories featuring villains, princes and princesses. As society has changed in the seventy-three years Disney has been making movies, so have the animated films themselves.
Myths, folktales, and fairy tales are still relevant in our society even if we don’t use them to their full potential. In the story “Yeh- Shen, A Cinderella story from China” by Ai- Ling Louie is a that folktale gives many examples about jealousy. The story starts off with a beautiful little girl named Yeh-Shen and an evil stepmother. The stepmother was jealous of all this beauty since her own daughter was not pretty at all, the stepmother decided to dress Yeh-Shen in rags. The stepmother also turned her into
Orenstein places blame on Disney, shaming them for taking advantage of the pre-existing princesses for their own profit. In becoming so focused on the negativity that she believes these princesses may impose, she doesn't realize the potential greatness that companies, like Disney, try to advocate. To some, princesses create dreams for girls and it gives them inspiration at a young age. It shows them to be brave, like Mulan or even strong-willed and persistent, like Cinderella. It gives developing guidelines for positive characteristics, this way, when they encounter difficult situations later on in life, they already have a premise for how to deal with it.
3. The comparison of similar plots Two stories have different culture background and atmosphere. But they show the customs and habits of different historical periods. Through comparison of Cinderella and Yexian, we can find in these two stories have some similar circumstances. Such as: the abused by the stepmother; the help of the divine; the grand banquet; the checking of shoes.
“If she’d had time to think about it, Alice might have stopped herself, considering the idea too whimsical. But the words had a force of their own, and only after she said them aloud did she realize just how appropriate the idea was. ‘Let’s have a masquerade.’”, Alyss stays in London so long, she has a family and a prince asks her to marry him. Her and the Alyssians persevere through Redd 's evil schemes and decide they will stop defending themselves forever and go on the offensive to defeat Redd, and Alyss finds every bit of courage and says “‘I’ve finished running from you, Redd. It’s time for you to run.’” Some of the characters, like Dodge, Alyss, and Hatter, show perseverance in trying to defeat Redd.
In Walt Disney’s, Cinderella, the time period glamorizes Cinderella’s journey to happiness while the Grimm Brothers version connects more with reality, teaching that media evolves to what society wants to see. Looking at the two Cinderella Stories, the Grimm Brothers version is more gruesome while the Disney version desensitizes areas of the story to best suit a wider audience. While the Grimm version promotes more of the broken family scene, Disney makes the broken family scene look more acceptable. With the Grimm version focusing on the fairy godmother aspect being associated with Cinderella’s dead mother, Disney cuts that part out and just focuses on the magic of the fairy