#4 How Disney ruined my generation

I’ve always been a romantic. Since I saw my first Disney movie, I wanted that love.

For years I wrote on my diary that I wanted to find my prince (At 11 years old!).

I didn’t have very high expectations; he had to be funny, kind, smart, cute, and skinny but not a stick, a little of belly –I’m not kidding, I actually wrote skinny, but not a stick. I never once wrote that he actually had to love me. Thanks Disney.

Did you ever noticed that? The princesses love this other men they meet, with no questions. I mean, even Mary Antoinette knew something was wrong with her spoon-loving prince. She then devoted herself to tea-partying.

That’s a plausible way of living if this architecture-writing thing doesn’t work out.

Anyway. Disney.

I mean, yeah, we always thought that these princesses were amazing because they talked to animals, they could sing, wear this stunning gowns and were always skinny and beautiful. They had 16 years old and not a care in the world.

I never questioned what Disney showed me. Why not? Was I brainwashed or something? I mean those years were important to develop a critical human being.

But I never hesitated when Ariel said she was sixteen and wanted to change her life and leave her family behind because she fell in love with some dude (cute, yes) that she saw only one time from a distance. And was even dumb enough to fall from a ship.

I believe this was the premise for the Twilight saga. No one ever wondered how much it would affect little girls seeing that she wants to leave everything for a boy? Even change her species?

And not only that, her father says yes to the fact that she is leaving and marrying this guy?! Bitches-fishes- be crazy.

Why didn’t I wondered something was wrong when all this girls could talk to animals?? I mean, did I think this was normal? It just wasn’t something that bothered me, apparently I had a clear differentiation between real life and animated films. Although there were some years where I thought that the toys in my room moved whenever I left.

Another weird obsession that I’ve noticed is this fuzz for Snow White and Cinderella. Um… WHAT?

Cinderella does nothing, she doesn’t even stand up for herself when she is being bullied into cleaning and cooking in her own home.

I believe this is the moment that I decided that step-mothers were awful. I’ve never seen any step-mother in any other movie that were portrayed as this evil villain. So I think that, even though children can hate the concept of someone “occupying” their mom’s place, Disney had a LOT to do with the “hate your step-mother” or “HYSP” movement.

She didn’t have many friends, she only talked to mice and birds, does she have a mental illness like Ariel? Are they friends in an institution? Are we seeing films about sick women? Why did she needed to be rescued by her godmother? She only wanted a dress and to go out.

I know fairy godmother had the magic wand, I’m not stupid, but I’m talking about being a whole person, confident, strong. She had everything done for her, the only thing she had to do was stand up to her family.

Snow White. Why? It’s not that I hate her (kinda), but she was afraid of everything in the woods, she saw a cabin and the first thing she did was to go in and mess the place up.

Her curse was to be beautiful, the fairest of them all. And the queen hated her for it.

So she was too pretty. Get it together girl. Move to another town, you had your window of opportunity when the boys went to the mine. So the queen poisons her, oh poor Snow White.

The prince…. THE PRINCE comes and saves her. She could have saved herself, but no, the german society didn’t encourage travel. I mean, this guy does NOTHING in the entire movie, he comes across this lady sleeping and he thinks. Oh, great, she didn’t give me consent, I’ll kiss her! If she doesn’t say no….

Did you know this is actually how it goes down for Aurora? Sorry, Talia. That’s her real name. Like if any of us millennials can take her seriously after knowing the Mexican Popstar.

Anyway, Talia was in fact proclaimed dead when she stung her finger with the needle of a spinning wheel. Her father, the king, decides to dress her with her best garments and leave her inside the castle lying there in a velvet covered table. Little did he know that by leaving her to her fate, a young hunter decides to walk into the castle. He decides to rape her and impregnates her with two kids, which actually are born – medicine marvel- while she is still asleep. Her kids try to survive and somehow they managed to suck on the poison out of her and Talia wakes up.

Then, the hunter’s wife hears this little story and sends him to kill the kids and feed the king with a stew made out of them – awful, am I right?. But the cook is merciful – yeah, that’s the least you could do- and lets them scape.

The rest is about how the king actually kills his wife and ends up with Talia, “happily ever after”.

Stockholm syndrome. That’s how this movie should be called.

All of this Disney stories have a real sister, the Grimm’s tales, Charles Perrault’s, Hans Christian Andersen’s; they all had very cruel, very morbid stuff in them. So, why would Disney turn them into a kid’s movie? Oh Walt, you big weirdo.

Just so I’m clear, I really like Disney movies. I find the Pixar ones the most attractive. But in defense of fictional princesses I’d like to recognize Jazmin, from Aladdin. She stand up to her father against marriage for power and she defended her right to choose whomever she wanted to love. So I think she was the first feminist in Disney.

Another great character is Mulan. She is the true fighter. Not only had she offered herself to go to war so that her father didn’t have to. She really kicks ass in the army. So, feminist character number two.

Then there’s Tiana. She IS A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Period. She understands what is to have a dream, and work to get it. Has an amazing take on happiness and she falls for the guy AFTER they’ve known each other. So, feminist number three.

And then we have the Frozen ones. Elsa and Anna. I mean, it’s a good movie. It’s nice to see that they portray a) fraternal love instead of romantic love, and b) one of the firsts gay characters !- this one excited me the most.

So Disney has its pros and cons. But for me, unrealistic expectations is the right description.

Hakuna-Matata

 

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