A renowned animation and film studio, Disney has delighted the hearts of many children and adults. Enchanting stories with magical castles and award-winning soundtracks came effortlessly to Disney; it was and still is an intrinsic quality. Who does heroic princes and dazzling princesses better than Disney?
But, there comes a point when frail women and pretty princesses looses it touch. When Disney movies are thoroughly dissected some undeniable tendencies with its portrayal of women are noticeable. First, there’s the helpless damsel in distress who can’t possibly save herself. Second, there’s the lack of racial diversity.
In the 90s, Disney seemed more aware of these tendencies, having released a number of films with more variety. Mulan, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin hit the cinema screens. Well, it was about time Disney created films with strong and fearless women of European and especially non-European ancestry.
The 2000s has seen the arrival of the adventurous Repunzel, the skilled archery Merida, and the courageous and brave Tiana, who was the first African-American type of princess. Then, Disney brought sisterhood into the equation with Frozen. What a fantastic movie on their part. Disney seem to be giving their viewers more to look forward to with the release of the Moana trailer.
Does Disney still have more steps to make in terms of presenting women characters in a positive and diverse way? Yes. Nonetheless, Disney should be applauded for taking tiny steps in order to make big changes to their animated films.