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‘Moana,’ The Hero’s Journey, And The Future Of The Disney Princess Narrative

I really didn’t want to watch Moana. After Brave completely corrupted the Disney princess narrative, and Frozen brutally murdered the trope of Prince Charming I had pretty much given up hope that I could even sit through another new Disney princess movie without banging my head repeatedly against the wall until it bled. But, when … Continue reading ‘Moana,’ The Hero’s Journey, And The Future Of The Disney Princess Narrative

‘The Shape of Water’ Is Not ‘Beauty and the Beast’: How Feminism Ruins Fairy Tales

Alissa Wilkinson, of Vox, called last year’s Oscar winner, “an allegorical film about embracing the other.” E. Oliver Whitney of ScreenCrush said the film’s characters “transcend barriers and prejudices to find strength, love, and connection.” And Kenneth Turan, of The LA Times, said the movie had “moral overtones.” They were talking, of course, about The … Continue reading ‘The Shape of Water’ Is Not ‘Beauty and the Beast’: How Feminism Ruins Fairy Tales

Katherine of Aragon: Real-Life Fairy Tale Princess

It’s a mistake, I think, to confuse fairy tale princesses with real-life princesses. A fairy tale princess is an ideal. Her princesses-ness is symbolic — her high-born status represents her high morals and inner beauty. But a real-life princess is different. It is simply by accident of birth or marriage that she has come to … Continue reading Katherine of Aragon: Real-Life Fairy Tale Princess

Why Make ‘Frozen’ About Sisters? The Original Story Was Already Feminist!

Before Frozen was released in 2013, an adaptation of “The Snow Queen” had been in the works at Disney for over seventy years. Walt Disney himself loved Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale and hoped to adapt it for film. But neither he, nor others at Disney throughout the years, could figure out how to do … Continue reading Why Make ‘Frozen’ About Sisters? The Original Story Was Already Feminist!

Hey Feminists, Please Watch ‘Enchanted’!

One of the ways that Disney is trying to stay relevant in a world that seems to be antagonistic toward princesses is to create princesses who openly mock their more traditional counterparts. When Frozen’s Elsa, for example, scoffed, “You can’t marry a man you just met,” and then became so overwhelmed that she accidentally condemned … Continue reading Hey Feminists, Please Watch ‘Enchanted’!

We Can Be Princesses If We Want To: The Fairy Tale — And Real Life — Oppression Of Women By Women

For all the feminist complaints that fairy tale princesses are victims of the patriarchy, it’s really the women — rather than the men — in fairy tales that are mostly trying to control the princesses. The Evil Queen tries to murder Snow White in a fit of jealous rage. Cinderella’s wicked stepmother forces her into … Continue reading We Can Be Princesses If We Want To: The Fairy Tale — And Real Life — Oppression Of Women By Women

Disney’s Focus On Live-Action Remakes Tells Us Something About The Stories Audiences Want

Disney is in full live-action remake mode. Within the next two years, there will be no less than five live-action remakes of Disney animated classics, with an additional three films planned but not yet scheduled. This isn’t even counting films like Cruella and Maleficent II, which aren’t remakes per se but are tied directly into … Continue reading Disney’s Focus On Live-Action Remakes Tells Us Something About The Stories Audiences Want

“My What A Guy!” — Real Life Lessons From Cartoon Crushes

An old flame came back into my life this week. On social media, of course, (is there anywhere else to reconnect with old flames?). It was very unexpected. In fact, back when I’d been in love with him I’d been sure he didn’t even know I existed. How could he? We lived in two completely … Continue reading “My What A Guy!” — Real Life Lessons From Cartoon Crushes