"“To the young children watching these movies, Disney is sending the
message that if you’re ever in a bad situation, just wait for your prince
to come along and whisk you away,” Beach wrote."What
Disney movie made in the last 20 years has this message?
@Tennor - "What Disney movie made in the last 20 years has this
message?" None that this researcher has actually watched. So often these
"experts" have done no actual evaluation on the subject, but speak from
memory or base their comments simply on what they've heard or briefly seen.
It's easy for these people to target Disney, but when you really analyze
the subject matter upon which their statements/findings/assessments are made,
they don't really hold up. This kind of rhetoric may have held up in the
70's, but not today. If anything, Disney's done more to degrade men in
these shows over the last 3 decades, often turning them into bumbling fools who
are dependent on the princess to save them...
Seriously? It's called entertainment people!Any children who
can't tell the difference between animated entertainment and reality, or
children whose parents haven't taught them the difference between animated
entertainment and reality, are going to have much more serious problems than
believing they are princesses.
It seems like most of the Disney movies of late have had very strong female
characters. Of course, I never patterned my life after any Disney character,
nor do most young ladies I suppose. I patterned my life after real life people,
mostly my parents, teachers, coaches. But that's just me...
Lets see about those "evil" Disney Princesses and some of the
characteristics they portray:1. Kind to animals2. Kind to
other people3. Cope when kicked out or leave the Princess life4.
Fend for themselves in the face of adversity5. Love their familes,
including fathers and mothers.6. Sing throughout the day7. They
marry men that will fight off dragons to save them.I would like to
understand why those are bad traits.
The fairy tales were around long before the Disney films that portrayed them...
and the tales never spoiled anyone... in fact, they were invented to encourage
children to develop good character traits (Rose Red and Snow White, eg) and keep
them safe (Little Red Riding Hood)... lighten up, DN, they're stories!
I agree that Disney movies have come a long way to show the newer Princesses as
woman who have their own mind, can fend for themselves and many times save the
Prince.The only movie that I have a problem with is the Princess and
the Frog. Everyone seemed to give this movie a thumbs up for having the first
black princess. I had high hopes for the movie but when I saw the Princess was
turned into a frog I was amazed. What other Princess movie has the Princess
turned into anything? A frog? I was offended and I hope others were too.Maybe I am too touchy because my family has had a rainbow ethnicity
since the early 60's. I hope others will speak up and future movies will
TallGuy1970,Any adult who can't tell that most children have a
more blurred sense of reality, imagination and storytelling than adults do...
may run into serious problems with knowing how to protect children from the
impact media has on them.When I was in London, there was a sign at
King's Cross station that warned parents not to let their children run into
the wall where 'platform 9 3/4" is because children were getting hurt