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Disney Animated Film Analysis

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We have all grown up watching Disney animated films and for most of us, it was the most memorable part of our childhood. What we didn’t and don’t realize till this moment is that almost all the disney animated movie portray stereotypes such as racism, gender stereotypes and the. Through its atrocious stereotypes, Disney animated films such as Lion King, Snow White and The Little Mermaid suggests that women are less in power than a man, skin color plays an important role in determining the character of a person and transformation a princess goes through, in order to get the “prince” of her dreams.

Even though Lion King is a common children’s movie it is also one of the most racist disney movies around. The antagonist of the
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Snow White is a representation of fake beauty because she is just another young princess with red lips, black hair, white skin, skinny body, and a beautiful face. This is a great example that exhibits how a women should typically be, but that is not reality. Even the mirror describes her as the girl with “lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937). Disney always uses the same type of characters. The same scenario repeats itself constantly: a young lady who is or becomes a princess waiting for her dream man to rescue her and marry her. According to “Poer To The Princess” (Bridget Whelan, 1998) “Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), set a high standard for full-length animation and established a pattern for later Disney heroines to follow.” All of the princesses in the Disney animation films look innocent and show femininity because of their gentleness. Disney girls are incomplete without a man. They constantly need to be rescued by the man of their dreams and enter their prince’s life instead of creating their own. The idea of females being incapable to live without having a man in their lives might affect young girls because it emphasizes the idea that women are weak and that they should get married to find true happiness. Most importantly every single princess in Disney ends up marrying the love of her dreams. This is not reality because it is not always applicable to everyone. Everyone has their own way of living and not all of them will have a fairytale ending because not all women end up getting married. Snow White always longs for her man to find her and this is emphasized when she sings “I’m wishing for the one I love to find me”(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfes,
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