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.
However when gender equality, oppression, and advertising become an issue and fear over the population over those years, Disney has been hit with various claims of taking the difference between male and female, focus desires, and attracting children with amazing advertisements. They have tried to change their stories by making them fit with the new generation and include more modern understanding. Parents should know that children are like sponges; they absorb everything from their surrounding, so parents should sit down with their children and watch these Disney television shows, and films and decide whether to let there children continue watching those things or stop them. From Mickey Mouse, to sleeping beauty, to cars (CASTILLO.2006.para1) they are all common Disney cartoons that can affect children by teaching them stereotypes, Racism and violence. Firstly, when talking about stereotypes people will think directly of girls who keep on watching Disney cartoons and films that mostly includes princesses.
Both authors indicate parental and business opinions of princesses in pursuance of appealing to many readers. Orenstein expresses her dislike towards Disney princesses by proposing that young girls learn incorrect values from the original princess movies, since they teach women unrealistic love and beauty standards. However, Poniewozik believes that recent live action princess movies demonstrate women achieving their personal goals before seeking true love in order to teach independence and convey his supporting views of modern princesses. While Poniewozik and Orenstein want to see the next generations of females become strong, self-sufficient women that do not need a fairytale lifestyle they disagree with how princess movies in general teach these lessons to young
For example continuing to portray women as the homemaker, and well as advertising negative racial stereotypes. Dinsey as a company likes to portray “traditional family values” in their productions, asserting certain gender roles and ideas. For example they female characters are seen to be a princess, queen or homemaker, never really venturing out of that role, like in the Little Mermaid, and Cinderella. They also seem to be obedient to the overly masculine character, like in Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. In a lot of these movies the female is being handed off to their husband by their father, with a lack of a mother figure at all in some of the stories.
There has been a lot of debate on the various stereotypes within Disney films and the effects they have on their audience. Disney’s audience is predominantly children, which makes it even more important that they are sensitive with the views and ideas they portray. Media as a whole plays a large role in influencing the way children perceive society and shapes their own views and beliefs as they grow up. It is for the children that issues of representation, such as race and gender, need to be considered and applied appropriately within Disney’s feature films to prevent teaching them racist or sexist ideologies. This essay will focus on the stereotypes and issues of racial representations in Disney’s feature films.
The story is about a young girl named Cinderella whose widowed father remarries but soon dies, leaving his daughter with the evil stepmother and her two daughters. The stepmother prefers her own daughters over Cinderella and has her perform all of the house chores. While Cinderella is kind, patient, and sweet, her stepsisters are cruel and selfish. Meanwhile, across the kingdom the King decides that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride and marry and so invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy ball. Cinderella has no appropriate dress for the ball so her friends the mice namely Jaques and Gus, and the birds help her in making one, but the evil stepsisters tear apart the dress on the evening of the ball.
Disney creates an imaginative land in the minds of the children that the can do whatever, and be whatever they want, they are only limited by their imagination. Disney creates a mindset that anything is possible and that fairytales do come true. When children watch Disney movies, they form a Utopia an imaginary word in which everything is good and there are no problems and even if there are the people can always win. When I was young I was fascinated by the Disney movies and I still am. They provide us with a perception of a better life.
The altered stories made sure they had their own originality, which would start with changing who the actual character were. Along with the character changes the Grimm brothers also took out some of the more appropriate aspects of the stories as well.For example, in the newer story of Rapunzel she most definitely did not get pregnant. In the original story after Rapunzel meets the prince, she asks her mother “ why are my clothes becoming too tight? They don 't fit me anymore.” of course this statement is indirect to the pregnancy allegation, we have to look at the story from a different perspective. Only one who would think that this could reference something else would be completely wrong.
Movies and cartoon watching affects the behaviour and attitude of kids, influencing their likings and disliking, behaviour with others and even way of talking. Children put themselves in the shoes of the characters in the animation, and by doing that their personalities are being influenced by the example of the character in the story. The teacher in the first grade believed that what children watch have a strong impact on “in-class” behaviour. She said children often demonstrate television-related behaviours in
Tolkien The form of a fairytale is such that it kind of offers a complete package – problem, trial, solution, judgment and punishment or reward. Also fairytales provide a narrative, which is a way of making sense and understanding, of imagining ourselves in extreme situations and be shown various possible actions and their consequences. There has been a lot of debate in the recent years over the importance of fairytales in the lives of children. There are parents who think fairytales are not good for their children, they believe fairytales are unrealistic and portrays such imaginative images that hamper the development of children and are not always values that should be followed. I believe fairytales are more than just imaginative creations for the enjoyment of children.