Personally, I liked The Princess and the Frog. However, my research indicates others didn’t. Wikipedia agrees, and I quote “While the film did outgross Disney’s more recent hand-drawn films like Brother Bear, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Home on the Range, it was less auspicious than the animated movies from Walt Disney Pictures’ 1990s traditional animation heyday.“
Sure, Wiki isn’t the most concrete of resources, but it’s still fairly reliable on something like this.
So I have a question. What is it about the previous princesses that draws girls in that Tiana didn’t?
What do Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, and Jasmine have that Tiana doesn’t? Why is it that all my favorite Disney Ladies (Mulan, Pocahontas, etc) are always forgotten?
I feel like the earlier ladies are a bad influence.
Snow White pretty much had no personality. She was just pretty, innocent, and liked cleaning. Did Prince Charming know how much she liked apples (one must like apples quite a bit, to accept one from a super creepy old lady who just happens across the cabin you’re staying in, although the cabin is pretty much in the middle of nowhere). It seems to me he just thought she was super pretty, and obvs she was, or her story wouldn’t exist, and decided to kiss a seemingly dead woman. Kinda weird. Notice she didn’t marry a dwarf, and they were MUCH nicer to her. They didn’t MAKE her clean but they sure did appreciate it (I might be wrong here lol but I kinda thought they did). And let me just say one thing, DIAMONDS. (just kidding on that last part)
Belle: Sure, she loved books. Sure, she didn’t want to marry the douchebaggy hunk every other girl wanted. But let me just say this: Stockholm Syndrome. –cringe–
Cinderella: Sure your life sucks, but don’t do anything about it! She might be “Cinder”ella, but the girl cleans up good — good enough to warrant the prince’s attention! If your life sucks and you don’t want to do anything about it, maybe a prince will come save you! If you’re pretty enough. And by pretty, I mean if he has a foot fetish and you have teeny feet.
**** A 15th or 16th century gal might’ve not felt she had many options (or whatever century Cinderella was supposedly from), but this isn’t the 1660′s. This was the 20th century. And it’s story. A fictional story. There’s nothing wrong with adding a touch of feminism here and there. Look at the Drew Barrymore movie. I didn’t like it much, but I loved that she picked him up. And attacked the dude she was sold too. Kinda awesome. Disney could’ve at least gave Cinderella a backbone. Or a really good reason to stay under her stepmommys control. *****
Ariel: ‘Nuff said.
Jasmine: All bark and no bite. Sure, she whines about her station in the kingdom and marrying a prince and whatnot, then rebels and scales the wall to check out the city, but she only gets herself in trouble and needs to be saved. She can’t walk the walk, only gives lip service about what she wants. The one time she succeeds, she lowers her voice all sultry and breathes ‘Oh Jafaarrrrr”. He lights up like a Christmas Tree. Blech.
Mulan is simply a goddess, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone dress up as her for Halloween. Was there a Barbie-like Mulan doll? Was there a Pocahontas doll? I certainly had the Sing-Alongs as a kid. I always looked up to those two — they were so… BAMF. They didn’t let much stand in their way, especially Mulan. I also like how Pocahontas didn’t go with Smith even though he was injured. By the usual Disney standards she should’ve donned an English dress, changed her name to Rebecca, and traveled to meet the Queen…..
So what do you hate about the Disney princesses? And for that matter, what do you love? Because there are aspects to love, and I haven’t considered those. I’m simply being a negative nelly, I guess.