Sleeping Beauty In Disney

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he dwarves could also be interpreted as Walt Disney 's employees and the prince as Disney (Bell et. al 38). In reference to the present, critics often scrutinized Snow White as one of the common Disney movies that demonstrated the need for women to constantly wait or their prince to make everything better and take no action on their own (Bell et. al 36). This idea was further analyzed by M. Thomas Inge, Professor of Humanities at Randolph-Macon College, who mentioned that when Snow White sang the song “Someday My Prince Will Come” which encouraged girls to wait for their prince patiently and filled their brains with unrealistic romantic expectations (Bernard qtd in Inge). As Disney progressed with his movies throughout his lifetime, he brought…show more content…
The first thing Aurora was given from birth was the gift of beauty, which was noted by Mia Adessa Towbin, affiliated with the Human Development Department at Colorado State University. A common theme in Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty was that women who were considered beautiful were also considered helpless and destined for a man’s protection (Towbin et. al 30). Each princess ended in the arms of her beloved prince. To place Sleeping Beauty into a historical context, Steven Watts, who obtained his B.A. from the University of Missouri, gave background on what was going on in the United States during the film’s production. His book The Magic Kingdom was reviewed in major media venues throughout the country, including The New York Times and Washington Post. During the 1950s, at the time Sleeping Beauty was released, the Cold War caused widespread fear known as the Red Scare (Watts 284). Domesticity was idealized during the Cold War, which played a context in movies that came out in the 1950s such as Sleeping Beauty (Watts 234). The movie Sleeping Beauty showed the evil character Maleficent as everything against what women were supposed to act like (Watts 328-331). Villains in Disney movies were the opposite of domestic and reinforced the “idealized standard of female virtue” (Watts 331). Princess Aurora was thus portrayed as a domestic and pretty character and often compared to a Barbie doll (Bell et. al 110). To determine how favorable the beauty trait was, Dori Bazzini, who obtained her PhD. from the University of Georgia in Social Psychology, performed a study where forty-two children ages six through twelve were exposed to either a “high or low beauty-biased film” (Bazzini et. al 2702). Children rated the more attractive male or female person more favorably compared to the less attractive person (Bazzini et. al 2704).This research only focused
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