Disney heroes and villains are almost always high in the social hierarchy when compared to others. The plot structure of “Cinderella” revolves around a woman who manages to escape her terrible living conditions simply by marrying a wealthy man. Her success is down to her attractiveness in comparison to her hideous stepsisters. This sense of entitlement amongst central characters is consistent in almost every Disney film.
So-called “Prince Charming” characters are so valued for their wealth and power that they can get away with basically anything. Imagine a reversal of the roles: replace Prince Phillip from “Sleeping Beauty” with Philoctetes, a minor socially-inferior character from “Hercules”. I wager most women would wake up to a kiss from Philoctetes screaming “Rape!” at the top of their voices, rather than “Let’s get married!”
Like in my last post, “Nice job Disney.”
A recurring theme for Disney princess films involves a beautiful woman being awakened by an unapproved kiss on the lips (though I guess this is slightly better than the rape found in the original Sleeping Beauty). Although it is arguable that some people wouldn’t mind being woken by the kiss of an impossibly handsome and wealthy prince, most women tend to reject this idea. In both “Snow White” and “Sleeping Beauty“, however, the women tend not to take the harassment too badly; in fact both characters marry these potential rapists after their respective rude awakenings.
But let’s say Philoctetes from “Hercules” kissed them they’d wake up screaming. Why? Florian and Philip were handsome. Obviously wealthy. Philoctetes is ugly by most standards and looks like he’s poor. Nice thought Disney.
Disney has a track record of slipping bizarre messages into their films, mostly in the form of hidden images, but also sometimes through sound. For those who don’t know, subliminal messaging refers to images or sounds that pass by so fast that only your subconscious picks them up.
Even I saw this as a kid. I wasn’t completely stupid.
I didn’t see this until I saw this pointed out in an article and rewatched it. Oh, boy, is it there.
I actually did see this. The thing is… it’s not what we think. If you slowed the scene down, you see, it’s not that the priest is a little to excited. He’s got old buckley knees.
I definitely saw this and I was actually appalled by this one.
Disney seems to slip stuff into their movies a lot. They’ve either got some weird senses of humor, or just a little to much time on their hands.
Perhaps one of the most obvious points critics have grilled Disney over are historical inaccuracies in their few films which are actually based on real events. “Pocahontas” has been dubbed a travesty on the history of the Native American genocide.
The title character is portrayed as a native woman who falls in love with settler John Smith, but in reality Pocahontas was only 10 at the time. Smith did befriend the girl but there was no romance. An even worse travesty is the film’s end. The settlers become friends with the natives and everyone lives happily ever after. Really Disney?
In fact, 90% of the indigenous people in America were wiped out by a combination of disease and genocide of crazed religious settlers, believing their actions justified by the idea of “manifest destiny”. Those who survived were subjected to poor living conditions and servitude to the land-grabbing Europeans, who subsequently became Americans.
Pocahontas’s personal life was no fairy tale either. Soon after John Smith left for England, Pocahontas was kidnapped. During this time, she was baptized with the new Christian name of Rebecca, was more than likely abused, and quite possibly beaten and raped. And then a man by the name of John Rolfe came into her life and the two soon were married. She gave birth to one son, and soon became ill and died of small pox. Her life was so far off the story Disney portrayed that historical fact was pretty much nonexistent in the film.