Disney Exploring Independence and Identity
It’s no accident that Moana and Frozen‘s Elsa have no love interests. In fact, both films include jokes that humour Disney Princess stereotypes: the animal sidekick and love at first sight, respectively.
Disney, therefore, becomes a great illustration and representation of following cultural trends and developments. Also with that, Disney is a great way to follow the influence of views and expectations of behavioral norms linked with males and females.
One online blogger gives her critique on what princesses from the first two eras would look like if they had realistic hair that is frizzy after waking up, wind-blown when standing outside, and/or wet after emerging from water. She shows stills from the films and then puts a more realistic image next to them representing what they should really look like (Brantz, 2015). Another blog discusses the extreme exaggeration of princesses’ eyes and juxtaposes them with more realistic and proportionate eye features. Only the first and second areas are examined, but the concept of them having unrealistic body features is a message present throughout all eras (Lewis, 2013). Clearly these issues are being discussed and journalists, bloggers, and viewers alike all are vying for a change in the way princesses are represented to fit a more realistic ideal.
As I have evaluated, there is much evidence to indicate they are progressive images of women should be appreciated by modern audiences.
Lewis, Jen. (2013, October 31). If Disney princesses had normal size eyes.
Brantz, Loryn. (2015, January 26). If Disney princesses had realistic hair.
Saladino, Caitlin J. (2014). Long may she reign: A rhetorical analysis of gender expectations in Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Brave (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Sieczkowski, Cavan (2014, October 30). Disney princesses with realistic waistlines look utterly fabulous. The Huffington Post.