Anyone who has watched "Once Upon a Time" will realize that the Disney
formulation is not exactly a new idea. Why are the reviewers not
About 10-12 Years ago I flippently made a comment to a bunch of English Majors
at a College Graduation about how neat it would be if Maleficent, the character
in Sleeping Beauty, had a back story to further explore. There always seemed to
be something there but never brought out. Prehaps the Disney
animated movie was a 50s fable of what happens to an Uppidity Woman who came of
age during the war years some ten-fifteen (16?) years earlier, who became
financially independent, but lost that freedom when the Greatest Generation came
home from the War and took her Job that formally three men did. And now she is
morphed into a crazed spinster cat lady living in a dark and dreary place.
Powerful object lesson to the Would-be Mildred Pierces. I wonder what Betty
Friedan's take on the movie was? Wow, who says (Disney) wishes
don't come true. Prehaps I'm jaded now in my old-age, But a good
story, that make you think, always trumps an action movie with car chaes, etc.
It is movies like this, frozen, etc that make me realize that a lot of Disney
are not for little children. They put a lot of complexity into their movies
that isn't always readily apparent.To me animation for children
should be used to tell a simple story. I wonder what sorts of lessons that
children are learning from these new movies?I already understand how
some of the other Disney movies have affected young girls images of themselves.
I think the message it tells is that life is actually more complicated than
simple. Nothing wrong with that per se.
AerilusMaximusThat's funny my kids love frozen. I don't
know about the complexity you tried to read into it, seemed pretty simple to me.
When a headline includes "feminist" shouldn't the article include
feminism, or a clear tie-in to support the headlines claim? I didn't read
anything in the article that spoke of the feminist viewpoint.
I saw the movie last night. I enjoyed it. IMO it can have too much violence for
little children. But I think is a great movie for 10 and up kids. Wonderful
twist to the motivations of a classic villain. Maleficent is hurt, angry, made
choices and...... You must see it, I will certainly watch it again in a few
"Women are powerful and equal too". This connotes a "war of the
sexes" and obviously Disney has joined the fight. For some time, Disney has
had a controversial parallel film producer not associated with the Disney name.
Disney is now taking its modern act from the "low road" to the
"higher stage". Disney was always aimed at the emotional development of
children and obviously received its impetus from Grimm. There is no way that
Angelina Jolie, the true "ice princess", can ever be remotely mistaken
for Snow White. There is also no mistaking the drift from the "vision of
Gender is an interesting topic to explore, and is rich with potential for
literature and film. I do look forward to the day, however, when critics and
artists alike focus more on the genders synergies together rather than which
gender is strong, saving the other, evil, power-hungry, angry, right or wrong,
jealous, etc. It seems that we are stilling paying a high price for previous
gender inequity. I hope we can move past it at some point so that we get more
than the "other side", as there is rich potential in exploring how the
genders compliment each other, a thread that is often lost in modern art forms.
How about this ongoing message in media - Men - are inept, greedy, war loving
monsters that do anything for power. Fools who are included as a joke. Fathers were once celebrated for their wisdom, wit and charter. They
could be trusted to handle a crisis. Now they are viewed as buffoons acting as
comic relief. If Malificent was true to life it would have made
Stephan equally noble but trapped in a cultural quagmire, unable to find an
answer to both worlds problems. How great would it have been if rather than war
against one another, Stephan and Malificent had to fight together to overcome a
powerful mistake they both made, together. After all Shakespeare made Romeo and
Juliet both powerful characters.I have no problem with giving
greater depth to women - but it does not have to be at the expense of men. Most
of whom cotinue in real life to be reliable, honest and hard working. In the end - neither men nor women should be marginalized - it is not an
either or - greatness is born in the celebration of both not just one.
Kingdoms have a unity of power at their apex. There are Kings and Queens,
there are Princes and Princesses, there are Priests and Priestesses.
It may be that their are God's and Goddesses.If you
go bad, you are just a criminal. Male or female, you are still simply just
Not even my sister's high school play was free of the political ideology
that demans women as being useless if they're not socially identical to
men, and that men are "the bad guys" holding women back.I
don't take live performance events seriously anymore.