Disney came out with its first princess movie in 1937 and since then it has produced thirteen other princess movies (History.com staff). Times have changed since 1937, society has changed, but for some reason parents still allow their children to idolize women who aren’t progressive role models. They allow them to idolize these “princesses” who are shown as weak and simply just beautiful. Some of the best examples of this are shown in The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Brave, and Snow
It is nearly impossible for a tale to be passed down generations and still stay the same. The fairy tale “Cinderella” told by the Grimm brothers is almost 206 years old, and differences can be seen between the modern “Cinderella” story and the original. In “Cinderella,” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, a young girl named Cinderella is treated like a servant by her family. Luckily she is gifted with beautiful clothing, enabling her to attend a festival, meeting her one true love. Cinderella gets married to the prince, and the step-sisters are punished by getting pecked in the eyes by birds.
86) that reinforces male dominance and female submission. As a young girl, these movies shaped my thoughts in a way that made me believe I needed a man to rescue me, protect me, make me feel beautiful and complete me. Vickery (2009) states that “romantic scripts such as ‘prince charming’ and ‘waiting for the one’ are carefully embedded within so many mediated scripts of sexuality” (p. 50). For example: Cinderella is a damsel in distress and when the Prince saves her, her life is fulfilled and everything falls into place. The story of Cinderella lead me to believe two things: in order to have a better life, I must have a boyfriend and that makeovers fix everything.
People of all ages throughout the years are very familiar with the concept of Disney movies. Some notable classics of Disney are “Beauty and the Beast” which was released in 1991 and “The Little Mermaid” which was released in 1989. Among the children, the Disney princesses left a good impression on them like Cinderella from “Cinderella”, Pocahontas from “Pocahontas”, and Mulan from “Mulan”. However, many believe that Disney movies serve as a good influence to young audiences but people should know that Disney also has its flaws. Disney have showed negative portrayals of Disney princesses in their films especially when it comes to their usual unattainable beauty ideal and portraying their princesses as inferior to men.
Disneyfication is based upon the ideals of the Walt Disney Corporation that were presented in the time leading up to the Renaissance of the late 1980s. These films all present women as damsels in distress left waiting for a man to come save them. Even movies that are not about Princesses, like The Aristocats, perpetuate this idea within their plots, and it is about cats. Disneyfied communities expect women to emulate Snow White and Cinderella, to be quiet and docile, and to work hard only in the house while the men do all of the real work. Even when Disney began to feature strong women who could kind of save themselves, like Jasmine, Esmeralda, and Megara, Disneyfied societies clung onto the misogynistic ideals of the past.
As society has changed in the seventy-three years Disney has been making movies, so have the animated films themselves. While many young girls love the princesses and look up to them, others view these characters as negative role models. Disney Princesses have always appeared in movies as young women who dress in elegant gowns, have sexy bodies and perfect hair. They are always paired with a prince who lives in a castle, meaning that he has a lot of money. This description of what the Disney Princess is like; give us a big concern in the influence this image is giving to the little girls.
Because of her fairy godmother, she went to the ball and danced with Prince Charming. Fast forward to the end, they ended up a married and lived a happy life. If you read, Mask Appeal, you can recognize many things are similar to Cinderella. To begin, both Diana and Cinderella have an evil stepmother and stepsisters. Diana is forced to clean and assist her stepsisters with whatever they need.
It was a party everyday with the dwarfs, but they all had so much fun. They all loved living with the prince especially Snow White, but her stepmother found her and she saw that she was getting married to the prince. She went to see her at the prince’s castle to congratulate her on her marriage and to tell her she is sorry for constantly bothering her. Snow White forgave her and her and the prince lived happily ever
At some point in their early lives, girls – and even some boys – dream of being performing ballet on stage. Animated movies depict ballet-dancing princesses, which is arguably one of the reasons why kids are so engrossed with this elegant form of dance. As a parent, your days are probably highlighted by mad dashes to get to the classes on time, seeing a sea of pink tutus and black leotards, as well as your daughter’s smile. Undeniably, they love it, and you should too. No, I’m not saying you should take classes, but you would want to learn and appreciate what this graceful art form does to your child’s overall development in the long run.
Back at the Palace, the Grand Duke awakens the King regarding what has happened. At first incensed that the maiden his son danced with has gotten away, the Duke claims that his son still wants to find and marry her. With the glass slipper the only clue, the King sets the Duke on a mission to have the slipper tried on every girl in the Kingdom, setting the Duke to task before the sun rises! The next morning, Cinderella 's Stepmother quickly demands she help her daughters immediately. The two Stepsisters are slow to wake up, when the Stepmother tells of the proclamation, and how the girl that was seen dancing with the Prince is being searched for.