Artist Shows What Disney Princesses’ Happily-Ever-Afters Really Look Like

See what “happily ever after” actually looks like when the Disney princesses are put into real life.

Artist Shows What Disney Princesses’ Happily-Ever-Afters Really Look Like

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Artistic License or Censorship?

Referring to some of the ideas in my recent post “Disney Fairy Tales: Entertainment or Controlling Conspiracy?” it’s no surprise to anyone that the Disney company has changed many aspects of the fairy tales that they have filmed from some of the more classically known versions of the tales. The Grimms’ versions of tales were often much more violent than Disney would ever allow. Hans Christian Andersen had Christian themes embedded in his stories. And Gaston never appears within de Beaumont’s version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

It’s easy to excuse all of this with “artistic license” and “creating variations of fairy tales,” while also spreading fairy tales and enchanting audiences. And these are valid explanations.

But when does this become too much? When does artistic license cross over the threshold into censorship?

As I mentioned above, the Grimms’ tales were often very violent, especially by contemporary standards. When Snow White and the Seven Dwarves premiered in 1937, the queen did not meet her demise by dancing in red-hot iron boots. And the stepsisters in the 1950 Cinderella do not have their eyes pecked out by birds.

I understand that these types of scenes would be too frightening for young children, but are these changes “artistic license” or censorship?

1989’s The Little Mermaid is quite different from the Andersen tale. There is no mention of mermaids becoming foam in the film, nor is Ariel yearning to earn a soul. These integral messages of the original fairy tale (which was actually written by Andersen, rather than collected and edited, like the Grimms) were completely lost in the film, presumably because of the Christian themes. Ariel was meant to be a “modern teenager” rebelling against her father rather than a young girl searching for eternal life. The meaning of the story is completely altered by these changes.

How do these changes affect these stories? Are they still related to the story that shares the same name of the film?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these films. They are amazing and beautiful renditions of classic stories. And maybe the reasons why Disney left out what they did from their variations of the tales were valid. But I wonder if political correctness is overshadowing the ability to tell (or even retell) a good story. This doesn’t just affect Disney, but all storytellers. It’s a question we writers all need to ask ourselves as storytellers.

Again, I ask: Artistic license or censorship? And, more importantly, regardless of the answer to the last question, is this a problem?

They are interesting questions worth an argument, and ones that don’t have a definitive answer.

 

What do you think?

Disneyland Secrets

I’ve never been to Disneyland, but it’s certainly on my bucketlist. When visiting any Disney location, it’s always a treat to discover those little secrets that they have around the parks. I wonder if some of these apply to Disney World as well…

Click below to find out more!

16 Awesome Hidden Gems You Must Experience at Disneyland

If you have any secrets from any of the Disney parks, please share!

Toy Story of Terror Premieres TONIGHT on ABC!

The first TV production by Pixar is coming to ABC tonight at 8:00 PM. There will be lots of laughs, but make sure to have a pillow on hand in case it gets scary! Happy Halloween!

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Disney Fairy Tales: Entertainment or Controlling Conspiracy?

The title of this article might be a bit of an exaggeration. And yet, some people truly believe that Disney (both the man and the company) have come to rule over fairy tales.

My question: Is that really a bad thing?

Recently, for at least the third time, I have read Jack Zipes’ Breaking the Disney Spell, in which he outlines that Disney and the company have put their mark on fairy tales, so much so that the literary tales have been forgotten and completely destroyed.

I admit that this is pretty valid. When you ask a child about fairy tales, they will most likely reference the Disney version of the tale. There is something sad about this, that the older versions of the tales have been forgotten to the point where Disney is the only reference point for children. But, as a product of Disney’s fairy tales, I must say, when you latch onto the older, non-Disney versions, you get a new appreciation of fairy tales.

But it must be understood: The literary versions (i.e. by Grimms, Perrault, etc.) of these tales are not the originals. They heard the stories from someone else, who heard it from someone else, etc. With each new telling, these stories changed, maybe a little, maybe a lot. So what was the difference with Disney?

In a way, absolutely nothing. Though he/it changed the tales with the movie representations, this is no different than the storytellers changing the tales with each new telling. However, I believe the real “problem” that has come about from Disney’s tellings is their overwhelming popularity, to the point where these are the only tales known by young children. Children have a right to know about other versions of the tales so they don’t think that other versions have “ruined” the Disney classic.

But I still can’t fault the Disney company. I believe that they have raised the fairy tale to an absurd level with  merchandising and an intense level of advertising. However, there is a reason for their popularity (the films, not the company necessarily):

The films are purely entertaining.

A story is told, and we are brought into the magic, feeling like we are the princes and princesses within, that we, too, can wish upon a star to make our dreams come true. They are fun to watch and appeal to our sense of escapism. Surely these films aren’t perfect, but that makes them perfect for discussion and argument.

These movies make us happy, lift our spirits, and give us magic and wonder. And isn’t that what fairy tales are really all about?

A Closeted Princess?

Was Merida in Pixar’s Brave meant to be homosexual? Somehow, I doubt that Disney/Pixar had this in mind when the movie was created. I figure that the movie was supposed to be a response to the outrage of many that the Disney princesses were too vulnerable and dependent on their princes. However, I think this is certainly a valid interpretation and worth an argument. Could Merida have been the first closeted Disney princess? What do you think?

http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/06/24/pixar-brave-gay-merida/

Two new Disney fairy tales (of sorts)

As you may have heard, in the next few months, two new Disney movies will be released.

The first to debut is Frozen, a new computer-animated telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” It will arrive in theaters on November 27. Perfect for a Thanksgiving treat!

Coming out around Christmas on December 20th, Saving Mr. Banks stars Tom Hanks as Mr. Walt Disney himself and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers. The movie chronicles the history and controversies of the making of Travers’ highly popular novel, Mary Poppins, into a Disney film. Having read the original novel by Travers and seen the trailer for the film, I’m very excited to see this.

I hope you enjoy these clips, and I hope to see you at the movies this holiday season!

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