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.
The guilty one for it? My grandmother. She made sure that I knew, by heart, all the Disney stories, because she loved them, which meant that I had to love them too. And I did, but Cinderella was my absolute favorite. So, I made her tell me the Cinderella Story almost every night (now, that I think about it, my grandmother probably got sick of it pretty fast), and I knew every version of the story, even the Grimm Brothers’ one: “Cut a piece off your heel”, my grandma used to say loudly and clearly, while immitating the stepmother.
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.
The obsession to lose weight is sometimes due to women being continuously pressured by some influential factors. These factors include models, physical attractiveness or even being peer pressured by a member of their family. However the most powerful factor is models in magazines that happen to have what people call perfect bodies. Models are responsible for human beings craving the ‘perfect’ body. The media is responsible for young girls becoming self conscious after buying thin Barbie dolls, thinking being skinny, fake and blonde is the correct way to go.
In the Cinderella film and the Little Golden Book rendition, Cinderella is tormented by the joint efforts of her stepmother and her stepsisters. They all had “fair faces, but evil and dark hearts” (Grimm 3). While there is a de facto leader of this trio—the stepmother—the group still performs acts in conjunction with each other. They keep their own interests, excluding those of Cinderella, in mind. In the film specifically, it is revealed to the audience why Cinderella’s stepfamily does not like her: they “had known grief, but…[they] wore it wonderfully well”.
It was good that her parents took her into dance classes because her background with dance, made her one of the most popular mousekeepers. “she was and always will be a member of the disney family” said Disney chairman and CEO bob iger. If you didn 't Annette Funicello was also a famous singer, her singing career started in 1958 on the “Mickey Mouse Club” Funicello sang what was supposed to be a hockey ballad called “How Will i Know My Love.” Funicello released 14 solo albums by 1959. Her music resembled the style and trend about, innocent fun, innocent romance, surfing,sun. Then she stopped for a little while, like a brake.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, almost every woman was concerned with obtaining the desired curves of the time. “Buxom ladies tortured their flesh to achieve the hourglass figure… all laced themselves so tightly that they distorted their figure into the exaggerated ‘S’ shape associated with the era... the ‘health’ corset produced a hand span waist…” (Thomas). The health corsets on the early 1900s actually allowed the wearer to breathe, a new privilege every other corset did not allow. The corsets that were required to build the curves of the Gibson Girl era required lots of time, effort, and money. Women could not get these corsets on themselves
Q: Disney has effectively altered its representations to empower women Women have been portrayed as inferior to men, with Disney undermining their agency and power since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). The stereotype of a beautiful women made to become a domestic servant is shown during the golden era of Disney which lasted from 1937 to 1959, containing movies such as Cinderella (1950), and Snow White, both of which demonstrate a white female lead whose only aspiration is to find true love. Following Walt Disney’s death in 1966, the renaissance era of Disney brought forward multiple films such as Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995) and Mulan (1998) from 1989 to 1998. These films present racially diverse female leads who don’t aspire
How many of you have heard or seen the reality TV show: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, or the more renowned; “Toddlers and Tiaras?”. It is a show where little girls below the age of ten, appear on stage wearing loads of makeup, tons of spray tan, with their nails done, fake hair and fake teeth to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Parental ambitions make their children socially challenged, Leading them to feel unconnected to other children and even resulting in permanent mental and physical damage. The parents have gone to extreme measures to ensure that their child is the best. At this rate the show should be called: “Barbie’s and Tiaras”.
Little girls shouldn’t have to go through these things. Some people might argue that beauty pageants are ‘fun’ for every, but really, do they actually watch those little girls when they are up on the stage? Most of the girls hate being up there on the stage. Being fake is not good. The way you are is perfect.