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A. Plan of the Investigation This essay focuses on the progression of women in Disney movies as feminist movements thrived and gender equality grew. To assess the extent to which the characters changed over the course of history, the investigation compares the personality traits and behavior of the lead characters in the Disney movies “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mulan.” Within this investigation, connections are drawn between the growth of independence in real-life women and that of Disney characters. Over the course of the 20th century the feminist revolution took charge and the gender gap began to close. This investigation identifies the parallels between the Disney character and the women of the time period in which it was produced.
When looking at the history of Disney animated films there seems to be a common trend that is prevalent in most of their films and the roles that their female characters play. In the first three movies produced by Disney in the 1930's and 50's (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, ... ... middle of paper ... ...alse sense of freedom. Bibliography England, Dawn, Lara Descartes, and Melissa Collier-Meek. "Gender Role Portrayal And The Disney Princesses." Sex Roles 64.7/8 (2011): 555-567.
The Disney princesses’ unrealistic level of beauty can be seen in the artist portrayal of each princess. In the article, "The Mixed Blessings Of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales" Asma Ayob talks about how the princesses’ are created, “Snow White and Cinderella are presented as beautiful archetypal princesses who are ideally perfect. With the advent of the ﬁlm, and the animators’ ability to create ﬂawless bodies, this type of female attractiveness, which can be compared to “air-brushing” models on the covers of popular magazines, is a hard act to follow” (Ayob). The ‘hard act to follow’, has been t... ... middle of paper ... ...llier-Meek. "Gender Role Portrayal And The Disney Princesses."
If Disney continues to portray women with these stereotypical ideas, this endless cycle of gender roles will never be diminished. Works Cited Bell, Elizabeth, Lynda Haas, and Laura Sells. From Mouse to Mermaid: the Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995. Print.
England, Dawn Elizabeth, Lara Descartes, and Melissa A. Collier-Meek. "Gender Role Portrayal and the Disney Princesses." Sex Roles 64.7-8 (2011): 555-67. Levy, Ariel. "Female Chauvinist Pig."
Introduction The text I will be deconstructing is the Walt Disney Feature Animation film The Little Mermaid released in 1989. The film was directed by Ron Clements and produced by John Musker. The Little Mermaid (1989) is the story of a young mermaid who gives up her voice in order to become human and find her one true love Prince Eric. I find the film to be incredibly significant, not only in its portrayal of feminine roles, the human body, and the willingness to sacrifice for true love, but in the film's vast audience and popularity. I will be using the feminist framework, as described in Critical Media Studies: An Introduction by Ott and Mack (2010), to deconstruct The Little Mermaid (1989).
The subject of women and how they were regarded over the course of the modern era is not by any means new. As the media evolved in the twenty-first century, physical, social and cultural expectations of women were tied together in the medium of film, causing controversy amongst viewers. The changes in the way women have been represented during the years of Disney animated films have been recorded and could be linked to the changing attitudes towards women in current American culture. Although Disney is commonly associated with childhood innocence, giving young children the possibility to dream and fantasise, it is important to question the ideology and values that Disney promote. Although largely positive values arise from Disney Animation, there has also been a backlash of criticism against Disney.
The term embraces popular folktales such as “Cinderella” and “Puss in Boots,” as well as art fairy tales of late... ... middle of paper ... ...on silver plates. Disney changed the idea of the fairy tale from a girl who works for what she wants to a girl who gets what she wants. Works Cited "The Little Mermaid." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d.
Due to demand and popularity Disney and other large toy companies like Mattel, have begun marketing their popular female characters with a “Princess” moniker (Orenstein 327). Orenstein says “the genius of ‘Princess’ is that its meaning is so broadly constructed that it actually has no meaning” (328). Orenstein is referring to the ethnicity and royal lineage of Disney’s princess lineup. However, if the name “Cinderella” was used instead Orenstein would surely agree it has meaning. How then, if “Cinderella” is substituted for “Princess,” it now has meaning?