I am rather shocked by this one, but it appears that it’s going to be the end of an era, as Disney bosses have announced that they’re to stop making Disney princess animations! Apparently, it’s to do with not wanting to give a romanticised idea that the ‘man of your dreams’ can be out there.
I know that we live in a cynical, materialistic world, but are we now denying romantic dreams? Maybe I’m missing something here, but fairy tales have influenced my entire life. I believe in ‘the one’ (I know it’s not that straight forward and that it’s never Disney). I believe in a ‘prince’ rescuing me (in an utterly modern way). I really do believe and I’d quite like Littlest to believe too.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ is my most favourite Disney princess film. For one, Belle has brown hair and brown eyes (praise be for a non-blonde princess!), but also she’s different. I know that technically she isn’t initially a princess but her ability to see beyond appearance made me happy during some difficult years .
Maybe I see things differently, but the world of Disney gave me an escape from a really really crappy reality. I had hope that one day someone would love me for who I was. I know I’m simplifying matters here, but I do think that the strong messages behind some of the Disney films have really offered hope to a number of little girls and boys. Believe me, I have kissed MANY a frog in my days… (which is an entirely different blog post)
For those who don’t know the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast, it’s set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century and follows the adventures of Belle. Belle is a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books.
Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince has been cast under the spell of an enchantress who has turned him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose.
When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.***
SPOILER ALERT, Belle teaches the Beast to love!
Is this why the cynical Disney bosses are stopping princess stories? Do they no longer believe in love? Gosh, that’s a film waiting to be made, isn’t it?
So, come on then, help me out here:
- Do you think that the search for a ‘prince’ and romantic dreams are outdated in this super cynical society of ours?
Because if you all do, then really, I think I’ll stick to making up my own realities (and possibly not killing off quite so many people). Oh, but don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that everyone ends up with ‘the one’, I’m not known for my happily ever afters, and I’m not talking about financial gain and security. This is about a moment when someone takes your breath away. I honestly believe that at some point in our lives our paths will cross with ‘the one’…
***And for you Disney-Geeks out there, the Blu-ray features of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ are a lot special (Beyond Beauty: The Untold Stories Behind The Beauty and the Beast, Composing a Classic: A Musical Conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn and Richard Kraft, Deleted Scenes, Enchanted Challenge: A Disney Quest Game and Bon Jour, Who is This? A Disney TelePlay Game and many more) and yes, I did watch ‘Beauty and the Beast’ AGAIN last weekend.