Beauty and the Beast (1991) is a slight improvement on the usual princess mold. Belle is a bookworm, and isn’t doing the endless chores that the earlier princesses love so much, although she’s still all over the animals. And the inanimate objects are positively adorable – if you don’t love Chip and the Angela Lansbury-voiced Mrs Potts, you don’t have a heart! But naturally, I still have gripes…
|“I’m the smartest Disney princess, and I think sheep want to hear about where to find Prince Charming.”
“Romantic love is the best kind of love!” – Disney’s still enamoured of romance – the spoilt prince has no love in his heart and is generally a dick to everyone, but in true Disney style, the way to solve this is to get him to fall in love with a girl and have her fall in love with him back. How many dickheads do you know in real life who have had partners they love and inexplicably love them back? Chances are, most of them. Being an uncompassionate dick is no bar to being capable of romantic love.
(Not to mention that the servants have been trapped for 10 years, but the Beast is only 21 – that means the prince was 11 when he and his household were cursed. Punishing a (seemingly orphaned) 11 year old boy (and his legions of servants) for being a thoughtless douchebag seems a bit harsh!)
|Also, a gentle introduction to bestiality for every child!
“Landing a man is the best adventure!” – Belle wants out of her provincial life because she wants adventure… but she’s seemingly over the moon to be trapped with the Beast in his pimping castle once he’s all soft and mushy. Adventuring = being gifted a hugeass library by a formerly grumpy guy?
|“I volunteered to stay a prisoner here forever, and I’ve been given a fancy bedroom and had a billion-course French dinner, but I’m still going to stride into the one place I’m not meant to go this very night!”
But the thing that pisses me off the most – the moral of the story seems to be:
“If you’re willing to look past appearances… you’ll be rewarded with a better looking version.”
Yep. Great way to completely invalidate the decent message you were sending to impressionable kids. But I guess we can’t expect too much from a Disney movie with the word “Beauty” in the title…
For my nail art design this week, I chose to freehand a stained glass rose. I used Alanna Renee Chocolate Frog (from the highly covetable Harry Potter collection) for the other nails, since it contains the three theme colours I was originally going to use: blue, gold and brown.
Next week grumpy Michelle will be back with the final episode of Disney-hatin’ – Ariel the Little Mermaid!