Oh my goodness, this is adorable! Look at the little bag prop and the stylized wood grain and the buildings that look like miniatures scaled to fullsize, except for the tower which is properly monumental but probably only appears so due to forced perspective! Awwww it’s so illusionistic and appropriate to the storytelling conventions of the genre to which the original film belongs.
let’s have a moment of silence for the most attractive disney characters that were only alive for 2 minutes of the film
or we have Cinderella’s dad, who spends the one shot he’s in with an aura surrounding him, gazing at his crotch which is framed by his hands and riding crop. Not to mention how it’s displayed proudly in the center of the frame. The might as well circled and drew sparkles around it.
aw yeah dead disney dad werk it
Eugene Fitzherbert/Flynn Rider Character Designs
I still love the Balthier phase he went through. Let’s be honest, who hasn’t gone through that phase?
Who likes Disney? Yeah, that covers just about everybody. Check out this amazing mashup from djDOYOU, Snow White Girl. Yeah, it works. This DJ has a whole album of Disney showtune mashups, so you can be sure we’ll feature them again this week.
I’m not a huge Disney princess fan or anything, but I was just thinkin: Disney princess movies get a pretty bad rap for being anti-feminist, but the 90s ones had some pretty cool stories about girls discovering their sexuality, didn’t they? I think that’s why they resonate so strong with kids, and girls especially. Kids don’t remember that Beast was an abusive partner that emotionally manipulated Belle into being with him- they just remember a story about a girl that went against what society expected of her and fell in love with someone different.
Tarzan’s my favorite. I think of it as Disney taking the weird racist white male centric Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel and turning into a female centric Victorian sex fantasy about finding a gorgeous wild man that you can teach to fulfill all your wishes. Ultimately, the resolution is that she rejects the rigid Victorian standards of womanhood and lives out her sexual fantasies having adventures with Tarzan.
And I dunno, I always thought that was pretty awesome.
They’re still kind of that way. Take these lyrics from the reprise of Mother Knows Best, from the newest Disney princess movie, Tangled, for instance:
Rapunzel knows best
Rapunzel’s so mature now
Such a clever grown-up miss
Rapunzel knows best
Fine, if you’re so sure now
Go ahead, then give him this
This is why he’s here!
Don’t let him deceive you!
Give it to him, watch, you’ll see!
Trust me, my dear
That’s how fast he’ll leave you
I won’t say I told you so - no
Rapunzel knows best!
So if he’s such a dreamboat
Go and put him to the test!
Of course in the movie ‘this’ refers to a shiny shiny crown, but ‘this’ could also very easily be her virginity… Which I guess is also a sort of crown idk. Rapunzel is 18 and just awakening as a sexual being (it’s not coincidence that 18 is the American ‘age of consent’). She’s unsure, sheltered and taking tentative steps in her first relationship with a man and her mother is bringing out and amplifying very real virginal concerns about sexual power, manipulation and men—that men are only around girls for one thing and their only way to control their sexuality and keep their man around is denial. Some people didn’t like the movie, but I love Tangled for Gothel’s passive aggressive manipulation, it’s completely believable and common attitude. It happens all the time, which I think is what makes her one of Disney’s most believable ‘villains’.
But we’re not talking about Gothel we’re talking about this picture, which is very nice!