Disney Representations

The Disney Princess seems almost inescapable in Western culture. Ever since Walt Disney produced Snow White in 1937, their first animated feature film, their princess franchise has become a staple in the households of millions of families. Disney has capitalized off this popularity with princess themed parks, spin-off films and television shows, video games, literature, and live events. Their mass production and early introduction into so many of our lives begs the question of just how much influence they have on us and our socialization.
Little Mermaid

Copyright: The Walt Disney Company

This image tells the story about good vs bad image thought indirect messages that it is the person, not the act who define right or wrong.  Ariel is portrayed as a good figure in all aspects, including physique and attitude. Ariel is  feminine and conventionally attractive, because she has white skin, slim body, big eyes, long hair, and a small waist.  She also has good attitude, being sweet, adventurous, free spirited, pure, and cheerful. On the other hand, there is also the bad image of the witch Ursula.  She is fat, ugly & an old lady with bad character; she is portrayed throughout the movie as greedy, aggressive, demanding, and scary. Fairy tales story builds an indoctrinate understanding for a young girl about good appearance always related to good behavior that will reward her while not beautiful always describes as evil attitude that will punished.  And beauty become an indicator for women’s future happiness.

-Faradilla Fadlia
Magic Kiss

3 Wishes, 2017. Copyright:The Disney Company. 

Magic Kiss Princess, is an advertisement for a Disney themed costume for women. The costume is derived from the film, Princess and the Frog. In the last 20 years, many Princess costumes have been made available for adults, however they are often only available in an over sexualized manner. This costume transformed the ball length gown that was featured in the movie, to a short skirt and corset. The description for the product also describes the costume as “sexy” and a “cute play on the ‘ol how many frogs do you have to kiss to get your prince.”  The company also decided to include a white model, when the movie is one of the only Disney movies that features a Black Princess. Disney and other companies have commodified off the hypersexualized feminine character’s body. Considering the fact that Disney movies are made for children, it brings to question the effect these advertisements have on children’s perspective of which bodies are worthy of these costumes.

 

-Maya Marrero English 
Pocahontas and John Smith First Kiss

Copyright: Walt Disney Pictures

This film clip presents the scene in which John Smith, the white man Pocahontas kisses, gets into an ultimately deadly altercation with Kokoum, the Native American man Pocahontas was meant to wed.  There are many intriguing factors in this clip that bring power and gender dynamics into question, as well as race relationships and colonization.  Although historically there have been stories of Pocahontas intervening to prevent John Smith’s death; in this case, she tries to stop Kokoum’s death, however is unsuccessful.  This both indicates that Disney opted to make her weaker, and also has the underlying tone of the Native American life not being as valuable as the European life.  Additionally, it is important to note that Kokoum was shot with a gun, a technology unavailable to Native Americans at the time; this is only one example of the unfair conflicts of Native Americans vs Europeans seen repeatedly over United States history.

-Suzanne Tarkulich
Snow White

 Copyright: The Walt Disney Company.

Fairy tales seen as cultural mechanism to construct the roles and behavior patterns. a child who been exposed over and over again with fairy tales story taking for granted that roles and patterns as normal. This picture portrayed a character, Snow White, who many little girls want to become.  It shows a young girl dressed up as Snow White, mimicking the standard of feminine beauty.  she is wearing a princess dress, she is wearing ribbons in her hair, and  she is trying to mirror the action. she thinks the princess is real and she wants to imitating this beauty ideal. This displays how the standard of beauty is constructed by Disney characters, and how it has the potential to influence these young girls as they grow up.

-Faradilla Fadlia
Disney Representations