The first images of Rachel Zegler in the role of Snow White in Disney’s upcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have been released, prompting many to reflect on the original Snow White film from 1937. Although the classic films are timeless, many of them had stereotypical female characters and plots that ended with Prince Charming coming to the rescue.
It’s nice to have a Prince Charming show up in a movie every once in a while, but it’s easy to overlook the fact that many of the best Walt Disney and Pixar movies focus on the female protagonist figuring out her own path to happiness.
A touching tale of sibling love. The story of Frozen centers on Elsa, the queen of Arendelle, and Anna, the princess of Arendelle, two sisters who have grown apart after a childhood tragedy. Elsa, a woman who has the ability to manipulate ice and snow, tries to rein in her abilities at first, but as she gets older, she realizes she can’t hide who she really is and runs away from the palace to find some peace and quiet.
Anna embarks on a perilous journey with a motley crew of misfits in an attempt to retrieve her sister, and succeeds in doing so. Rather than a Prince Charming, the heroine of this lovely tale is rescued by her loving sister.
For one of their most recent and best animated musicals, Disney decided to focus on characters whose stories are primarily about relationships within their families. The protagonist of Encanto is Mirabel, the only non-magical member of her family.
In this moving tale, we follow Mirabel as she tries to find her place in the world of her family. Mirabel reconciles her family and locates a long-lost relative by working toward a more accepting family dynamic. To sum up, this would make a lovely Disney film complete with music, drama, and no Prince Charming because the story focuses on family rather than on a love interest.
Turning Red is Domee Shi’s fantastic debut as an animator-turned-director, and it follows Meilin Lee as she faces her adolescence in two forms, human and panda, in order to break the curse that has been placed on her family. This animated coming-of-age tale not only depicts a beautiful story about family, but it also delves into the awkward life of a teenager and some of their most cringe-worthy moments.
Teenagers’ difficulties in talking to their parents, especially those of immigrant background, mirror those depicted in this story. Meilin isn’t rescued by a chivalrous stranger but rather by the loved ones she’s grown up with.
Moana is asked to take charge of her people and their village, and she does so with strength and confidence. However, she soon learns the terrible truth that her home is being destroyed. When Moana goes on a mission to save her village, she reluctantly enlists the help of Maui, a former demigod who has since lost his power.
As Moana faces not only loss but also a resolute Demigod, it is clear that this is a tale about fortitude and perseverance. Moana emerges from the story more powerful than ever, and she shows her entire village that the oceans are something to be cherished rather than feared.
Merida, the daughter of King Fergus of Scotland and Queen Elinor, is a skilled but headstrong archer. In defiance of her family, she refuses to participate in an antiquated ritual, angering the Highland lords and causing widespread chaos throughout the kingdom.
Merida consults a witch in an attempt to undo the havoc she has caused, but the plan backfires spectacularly. Without the help of a Prince Charming, Merida must rely on her own inner strength to break the witch’s spell and save her kingdom.
Mulan, a young woman living under the strict rule of the Han Dynasty, decides to make history by becoming the first woman to serve in a previously all-male army. Mulan, with the help of an inspiring Disney Renaissance score, is able to train and fight alongside men without anyone noticing that she is a woman.
She may have to pretend to be a man throughout the film, but in the end, she demonstrates to herself and the audience that women can be both strong and delicate. By the film’s conclusion, Mulan has been shown to be a strong female warrior, and she has been accepted for this role.
It’s a Tale as Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast
Stunning good looks and sharp wits: that’s Belle. Belle’s life is turned upside down when the Beast kidnaps her after she has spent her entire life confined to the pages of books. She uses her intelligence and cunning to make the monster feel understood, and as a result, he begins to relax and enjoy himself.
In the end, Belle’s cunning in the Disney castle is what turns the Beast back into a prince. This was a refreshing change of pace from the typical princess story of the 1990s, when the prince always went to rescue the princess.
The Legend of Raya and the Final Dragon
The Druun were a race of monsters who invaded a land called Kumandra and slaughtered all of the resident dragons. In the event that the Druun ever again pose a threat to humanity, it will be up to Raya to put an end to them.
Similar to Mulan, Raya was a lone warrior tasked with defending their homeland. In contrast to Mulan, Raya did not have to win over her country by proving her worth; like Moana, she simply had to take charge in order to save her people.
A Tale as Old as Time: The Princess and the Frog
In a story that echoes “Beauty and the Beast,” a poor woman named Tiana is trying to make a name for herself when she is stumped when a cured frog prince who can talk asks her to give him a kiss. She reluctantly kisses him, and like him, he turns into a frog, and now she must figure out how to get out of this predicament.
Like in “Beauty and the Beast,” a woman must make a difficult decision in this tale to free a prince from a terrible curse. Tiana is shown to be both a caring person who would help a frog if she could and a strong independent woman who doesn’t need a Prince Charming to succeed.
In this retelling, Rapunzel’s hair is stolen by a wicked witch who locks her in her tower for the sole purpose of keeping herself young forever. Though Flynn Rider serves as a Cinderella figure in this tale, it is Rapunzel who proves to be the hero in the end.
Rapunzel eventually breaks free from her adoptive mother’s psychotic grip and helps Flynn reunite with her biological family. The story exemplifies not only the unconditional love of a parent for their child, but also the bravery required to venture outside of one’s comfort zone.
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