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!