In 1995 they gave us Pocahontas, in 1998 we got Mulan, and in 2009--for the first time in Walt Disney animation history--they finally created a black princess with The Princess and the Frog. While there are still questions and issues surrounding the film, and Princess Tiana has to spend half of her time on the screen as a frog, at least it’s a step in the right direction. Now, how much longer do you think we have to wait until they give us a heroine ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow in Style File on Jul 09, 2012 |
For centuries, mermaids have been known for their mysticism in folklore and fairy tales. They’re often described sitting on rocky shores combing their hair with shells and luring sailors in with their songs and, more recently, they've appeared in the Disney franchise as Ariel, the aquatic princess. But a more interesting association with mermaids spawned from the current generation has been seapunk. Honestly, I never entirely understood what seapunk was, ... Read More
BY Intern Christina in Eat Me on Jun 05, 2012 |
When you were a kid, did you ever find yourself looking forward to celery? Probably not, unless your parents did a really great brainwashing job. In that case, more power to them. Now, Disney is trying to step in and do that parent brainwashing job themselves. Or maybe we should call it reverse-brainwashing, in the way of removing all junk food advertisements.
My memories of food from when I was a kid consist of begging my Mom to lay off the healthy stuff. ... Read More
BY Intern Kelsie in Artsy on Feb 06, 2012 |
In today's edition of Things That Elicit Mixed Emotions, I present Thomas Czarnecki's photoseries "From Enchantment to Down". The haunting images depict Disney princesses meeting tragic ends. Ariel is beached on the shore, Sleeping Beauty lies abandoned on the floor of what appears to be a drug den, and Pocahontas is slung over a hunter's shoulder in his room of taxidermic trophies. I hope Czarnecki is making a statement about the impossible standards ... Read More
BY Casey Krosser in Feminizzle on Oct 18, 2011 |
This past weekend I was lucky to catch the last show of the world premiere stage adaptation of Newsies, at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. The stage show was the cult movie, with all the loveable characters, dance moves, and all of my favorite songs, but also with notable differences. There were changes to the details of the story, some new songs, and some lyric changes. My favorite change from the movie was the addition of a lady ... Read More
BY Mary S in General on Nov 29, 2010 |
After the box-office failure of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, rumor was that Disney decided that fairy tales were a thing of the past; according to the LA Times, targeting only the little-girl market just wasn't enough. The studio's latest offering, Tangled, combines a take on a classic fairy-tale princess story with more modern elements, like CGI and wacky wise-cracking sidekicks, in order to attract a broader audience. And the movie did well on opening ... Read More
I’m completely obsessed with female villains. In fact, when The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) slapped the little boy in the first Chronicles of Narnia movie, I actually started laughing and clapping in the theater.
But my obsession all started with the original bad ass bitches of Disney.
Let’s face it--they were so much more interesting than those stupid, singing princesses. They were also wayyy more dark and sinister than many of their male counterparts ... Read More