In a style similar to my previous blog post series “The Films of Pixar” and “The Great ’90s Animated Film Project,” I will be embarking on a new series of blog posts about animated films. This one will focus on the Disney Princesses, which are both characters in films and a multi-billion dollar franchise.
The franchise of Disney Princess has only been around since 1999 when Disney executive Andy Mooney noticed that girls went to Disney on Ice shows dressed like the the princesses in the Disney films, but in homemade costumes. He saw a perfect way to generate revenue and his idea, as we know, succeeded.
However, the franchise has received criticism for how it presents gender roles, the alleged absence of good role models for girls and the copious amounts of pink present in the marketing. This series will not only analyze the films but also examine if the princesses are actually good role models for girls.
The Disney Princess are composed of Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida. (Merida is officially a Disney Princess this summer.) In addition to the above princesses, I will also examine Megara and Kida as one ends up with a demi-god and another one is actually a princess. While I’ve already written about Pocahontas and Mulan (twice), I will write about them again because I’m not done writing about how much I dislike Pocahontas and in the context of feminist criticism of Disney Princesses, Mulan is a very interesting film. Additionally, I’ve already written about Hercules, but I’d like to examine if Megara is a good role model.
The tentative order of the films is as follows:
1). Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
3). Sleeping Beauty
4). The Little Mermaid
5). Beauty and the Beast
9). Atlantis: The Lost Empire
10). The Princess and the Frog
The order might change due to the order Netflix is able to send me the DVDs. I expect to write about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on either Tuesday or Wednesday.