Advice from the Disney Princesses: Comic Relief

by Danelle on May 9, 2011 · 8 comments

I grew up with Cinderella, Ariel, Pocahontas, Belle, Snow White, and all the other Disney Princesses. When I was younger, I got warm-fuzzy feelings after I would watch one of the movies and I am sure you did, too. Disney does a great job of setting up fairytale plots, and other than wanting to find a prince when I grow up (still waiting), I never took the plot too seriously. Princes aside, even when I was young, I knew the difference between reality and fairytale, so I did not expect to be able to talk to trees like Pocahontas did or have a pet tiger like Jasmine did. The movies taught me that - in the broad, non-magical sense - dreams can come true if you truly want something and that love can conquer all. I think that is why fairytales and Disney movies are great for children to read and watch. That said, this comedienne points out some of the specific lessons in Disney Princess movies that as a child, you might have overlooked. Take this as comic relief and do not read too much into it. They are quite amusing when you consider the crazy circumstances in which Disney Princesses find themselves! Here is Snow White:                   Here is Beauty and the Beast:                 Though life is never as simple, magical, or crazy as a Disney movie, the overall message in them teach children to believe in themselves and to find happiness, not necessarily to go out and kiss frogs to find a prince. I gave up on that years ago! Can you think of any funny lessons other Disney movies or fairytales contain? Let your creative juices flow and share them here for laughs!

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Kara May 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I grew up a huge fan of The Little Mermaid! I still find it inspiring that she could give up her comfortable, safe home for a place she always dreamed about and an idealist prince. It is always easier to choose what is known and comfortable over what we truly want.

I do think it is very interesting though, the evolution of the Disney Princess. If you look at the difference between Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, and the newer Mulan, Enchanted, and the Princess and the Frog the princesses have completely different attitudes and roles in the movie.


Whitney May 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

Those videos were pretty hilarious, but yes just satire. The evolution of the Disney princess for the most part has been heartening – to see them become more independent but not so much so that they don’t want their happy ending with their man 🙂


Danelle May 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I agree. The evolution of the Disney Princess is certainly interesting. I was a big fan of Ariel, but looking back, my favorite Disney Princesses was Mulan, who was far more independent than the other princesses, but also found happiness with her true love (I also loved the horse in the movie!). Mulan is definitely the modern woman’s take on love, I think. Independence & goals before marriage and a marriage based on equality & love.


Kara May 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I absoluetly agree! I think it is fantastic to see such independant, goal oriented women in Disney characters. I think it can be encouraging to young girls to dream and believe themselves capable. But I was thinking about it the other day do you think there is evidenace that the newer Disney princesses are stepping in and taking the place of men? Mulan is a perfect example.


Danelle May 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

That is an interesting question, and one that I have thought about as well. I think the new princesses take on a tough, independent role, but still retain their feminine qualities. As in the case of Mulan, she is still clearly feminine in the end when she invites Shang, her love interest, to dinner and is dressed up, blushing, etc. However, she definitely overcomes the stereotypical connection of femininity and passiveness or weakness when she joins the army and proves a good fighter. The question many scholars of women’s studies pose is “can a woman be both tough and feminine, or do they have to take on all the qualities associated with men because toughness is almost always associated with masculinity?” Personally, I think Mulan shows that women can be both feminine and strong. Plus, Shang still retains his strength and masculinity as a good fighter and leader. In the end, they are both equal, which is the most important point I carried away from the movie and movies similar to it.


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