Die Disney Die

There is something special about having a thought, a concept, a soap box issue vindicated. Maybe it’s just that you don’t feel all alone. Maybe it’s a sense of superiority at having ‘been right all along’. Or maybe it just becomes tedious to always be ahead of your time and it’s only decades later when the rest of the planet catches up.

And today, finally, the planet is catching up!

Thank God!

I am referring to the article, Tangled will be Disney Studio’s last fairytale adaptation from The Courier Mail. Not only does this article discuss how Disney is not going to be producing animated fairytales any further, but more importantly, it addresses an issue I have taken umbrage with since I was 7 or 8 and originally saw the film “The Red Shoes”.

I don’t watch Disney animated movies. I won’t watch them. And I haven’t since I saw “The Red Shoes”. Because Disney distorts the original story, bastardises it, removes the key moral to the story and inserts it’s own and does all of this while ramming down young girl’s throats the importance of being thin, of being good, of being unexceptional except at catching (and often manipulating) men, and of course only the bad, evil characters are ugly. For a short, independent, ugly child these references were crushing, debilitating and forced me to form a negative opinion of Disney way before I should have been old enough to do so.

But don’t take my word for it.

Some quotes from the article:

Academic Henry Giroux notes in his book The Mouse that Roared: “As a producer of children’s culture, Disney should not be given an easy pardon because it is defined as a citadel of good fun and cheer.”

Some of the main objections raised, rampant commercialism aside, have centred around the fact that Disney, despite having terrific source material, often reduces the tales to simple boy-meets-girl parables, limits gender portrayals, is often racist, and makes the princesses either motherless or orphans and, above all, passive.

On the other hand, academic Deborah Ross is disgusted that in The Little Mermaid Ariel “gets her legs, she makes her stand, she marches – but only down the aisle to marry some guy named Eric”.

Not only is the matriarchal and spiritual aspect of the Hans Christian Andersen tale lost in the film, but it is substituted with a superficial romance, in which the girl is all but silenced  and desire, choice and empowerment are linked to catching the guy.

The moral, never mind the context of the original story  [Aladdin] its setting [sic], themes of the abuse of power and the transformative nature of stories are reduced to a simple kid-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks-makes-good American Dream.

Read the entire article on the Courier Mail. I wish I could have said it as succinctly as the author does!

Die you bastard Disney, DIE!

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