Disney’s portrayal of its female characters in movies has developed significantly overtime. In old Disney movies female characters have been weak and dependent on men. In newer Disney movies the females are determined and independent. In my blogs and research paper I plan to explore and dig deeper into this topic. I am interested in this topic because I am a huge Disney fan. Even though I have always been a fan, I am gaining even more respect for Disney as they are producing movies with strong princesses that young girls can look up to. For background information on the topic, I have seen just about every Disney movie possible. I have also read articles and watched a documentary on stereotypes in Disney movies.
I first got the idea to write this paper after seeing the movie Frozen and reading this blog http://www.policymic.com/articles/79455/7-moments-that-made-frozen-the-most-progressive-disney-movie-ever . This blog explains how Frozen is Disney’s most progressive movie due to many different elements. Some of the reasoning for this conclusion includes Else’s self-empowerment, Anna’s clumsiness and honesty, and everyone’s disapproving response to Anna’s engagement to a man she just met. A progressive idea that the blog does not cover is the fact that these sisters did not need a man to save them, they just needed each other. This sends a strong message to young girls and is progressive as opposed to old Disney movies, such as in Sleeping Beauty where Aurora can only be awaken from a true loves kiss.
Here is a video I want to analyze about Disney princesses from Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtyOC6ayKoU. This video shows many Disney princesses singing about their princes and being in love. They sing “When you’re in love, nothing else matters. Nothing but him.” On the other hand Elsa sings “I can be the hero and do it my own way… I’m who I am. I don’t need a man.” The purpose of this video is to show how old Disney princesses were portrayed compared to the new Disney princesses. Old disney princesses were dependent on their man and were willing to give anything up for them, which is beset shown in The Little Mermaid. In this movie Ariel completely changes who she is and gives up ever seeing her family again and her voice for Eric. As opposed to a new Disney movie, such as Princess and the Frog where Tiana is self-determined to open up her own restaurant based on a dream her and her father held their entire lives.
I plan to find out more about Disney princesses stereotypes and how these princesses have progressed overtime. I want to research more with blogs, videos, and scholarly articles to find more ideas and analyze this topic deeper. I also want to see if Disney princess stereotypes matched the times the movies were made and other defining characteristics of these movies.