It's not unusual for Disney Princesses to catch the ire of those looking for an easy target, but this time the call is coming from inside the house. Kristen Bell, the voice of Princess Anna in Frozen, recently gave an interview to Parents Magazine where she discussed her feelings on Disney's first princess.
“Every time we close ‘Snow White,’ I look at my girls and ask, ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?’" Bell said during the interview. "I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m doing something right.'"
Bell went on to say that she also wants to make sure her kids know it is not okay to kiss sleeping people. So there's that.
On the one hand, it's hard to criticize Bell. She is using the story exactly the way it was intended. Most of the fairy tales that Disney movies are based on are designed to teach children something about life. As a parent, it is her job — not Disney's — to teach her kids lessons that she feels are appropriate. That's exactly what she is doing. She's also picking an easy target.
These fairy tales are hundreds of years old and, put simply, they haven't aged well in the age of #LeanIn. Still, many of the current movies have some of the exact same themes as the older ones. I highly doubt Bell pauses Frozen to ask her daughters if it's weird that Princess Anna gets engaged to Hans after one day.
A few years ago a BYU Study made a lot of noise by claiming that Disney Princess movies magnified stereotypes in girls. You probably don't need a study to see that, since fantasy movies tend to magnify everything about the lead characters. In addition, men and women are scientifically different, which affects the way they tend approach situations. The princess movies tend to amplify that, so they are easy targets in 2018. Bell's comments are just a little friendly fire.
One studio's controversy they refuse to touch is another one's treasure. Especially when that treasure is James Gunn and the studio getting him has struggled to create a popular cinematic universe to rival the MCU. Gunn could change all of that.
Warner Brothers just did not find Gunn as toxic as Disney did, after those old inappropriate tweets resurfaced in a political hit job. DC appears to have accepted Gunn's apology for his past behavior, while Disney was a little less understanding. That lack of understanding could come back to haunt them if Gunn becomes a linchpin in the DC Universe.
This week a new study shows that Russian Trolls were behind much of the negativity that hit The Last Jedi. Plus, it happens every year. Disney World changes its pricing and fans complain that Walt's Florida project is no longer affordable for the average family. That and much more on episode 203 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week Disney World introduced a new way to buy tickets that has some fans up in arms. Meanwhile, Disneyland is slowly getting rid of benches to make way for Star Wars land. On the media side, Disney agreed to sell its stake Sky to rival Comcast, which possibly makes the future of Hulu a little more clear. Plus, someone had the nerve to ask Terrence Howard if he would ever return to Marvel as War Machine. It's all on this week's podcast.
This week we break down all of the new trailers Disney released, including Mary Poppins Returns, Captain Marvel, and Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Plus Bob Iger gave an interview to the Hollywoood Reporter and he talks about James Gunn's firing for the first time. And Disney is going to reanimate Princess Tiana in Ralph Wrecks the Internet.
This week Disney released the final trailer for Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but we still aren’t sold. Captain Marvel gets on the cover of Entertainment Weekly and something seems off. And we celebrate our 200th Podcast Episode by teaching you how to name more than 200 Disney characters in alphabetical order in under 2 minutes. That and much, much more. For the week of September 10 (my birthday!) this is episode 200 of the Disney Movie Review.
Disney is being accused of discrimination after it cast a straight actor into the role for its first openly gay character. Meanwhile, we found out the new streaming service will not be called Disney Play. And the minimum wage for cast members in the park is going up, but Disneyland is no longer going to be receiving tax breaks from the city of Anaheim. We'll dive into what will surely become a case study in future economics textbooks.
For the week of September 3, this is episode 199 of the Disney Movie Review.
This week we take a bit of a detour from our usual show to go into the Disney Parks. We recently got the chance to speak with Kim Hanley (@_kimhanley), a Senior Systems Engineer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Design and Engineering Department. She takes us back stage to reveal the stuff we don't even think about as Disney guests. To put it mildly, every Disney Parks fan needs to listen to this episode.
In this episode we find out:
That and much, much more. For the week of August 27, this is episode 198 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week Disney dug its heels in and said it will not rehire James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3. It ruins the MCU in more ways than one. Some Wreck-it Ralph 2 Fans are getting a little too into new images that feature the princesses. And we talk about why Consumer Products has passed ESPN to claim the title of Disney’s weakest business unit. Plus, we give Disney a grade on the movies that have been released so far this year and we can finally spoil things in Avengers: Infinity War! That and much much more.
This week, Disney asked the Oscars to make the awards show more relevant, and the academy ended up creating an award for the "Most Popular" movie...the same year the most popular film was Black Panther. Dave Bautista says he will ask Disney to cut him out of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 if they do not use James Gunn’s script. And The former head of Dreamworks -- Jeffrey Katzenberg -- is starting a streaming service and Disney is investing in it. For the week of Aug 13, this is episode 196.
The Guardians of the Galaxy responded to the firing of Director James Gunn. It's a new twist in a saga that is far from being over. And Ed has a really good theory on how Disney might be able to fix this whole mess.
Plus, Disney's live-action take on The Jungle Cruise put out a teaser like we've never seen before. We try to figure out what is going on.
This week, Disney and Fox Shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $71 billion merger. It should have been a happy vote, but Hollywood is still reeling from the firing of James Gunn just one week ago. This week, we dive into what this all means for the media landscape, including a few subtle ways this deal could affect your wallet.
Back when people had to Google the name "Thanos", Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 Director James Gunn made some pretty stupid tweets. Now, with a snap of his fingers, Disney Studios Chief Alan Horn has made Gunn disappear.
This week we dive headfirst into the controversy around one of the biggest directors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, we talk about Comcast dropping out of the bidding for Fox and why Netflix isn't growing as fast as it wants to right now.
This week we learned the Fox deal could give Disney access to a new audience of more than 700 million people and that's just the start of it.
From A Goofy Movie to Fairies, DisneyToon Studios has heavily impacted the Disney company from the shadows. But now it seems that run has come to an end.
A director in line for a Star Wars flick tweets that the fans make him a little less interested.
At the end, we take a little time to talk about why Disney might have allowed curse words in Incredibles 2. It's part of a larger trend of the 'adulting' of Disney.
Ant-Man and the wasp debuted to more than $75 million this weekend, eclipsing the $57 million of its predecessor. This episode we dive into the ins and outs of the film, as well as how this will relate to Avengers: Infinity War.
Also, I have to give a HUGE shout-out to Ed and Kristin for making this episode possible. I took an unexpected trip to Dallas and left all of my recording equipment at home. Ed came through in the clutch to record the episode and Kristin brought in a perfect slam dunk by editing it. I will be forever grateful for their work to make this entire podcast work!
This week we're on vacation, so we prerecorded an episode on what we think are the best uses of Disney movies in Disney parks. We probably made a few huge oversights, but one REALLY stands out!
Cameron took his family to Disneyland on vacation. He tells us what he liked and what he didn't. Plus, we get into a little bit of a "who did it better" between Disney World and Disneyland. Then he gives his final rating of the trip.
This week was whirlwind news week, with major stories happening every single day. Consider that:
...all in the same week! We do our best to break it all down. For the week of June 25, this is Episode 189 of The Disney Movie Review.
This week the Disney Company agreed to part ways with John Lasseter. It is the end of the rule of a man that spawned one of the most successful periods of Disney Animation in history. Some are hailing him as a saint, others, a monster. No one has the full picture.
But What really happened with Lasseter inside the halls of Pixar? And if it was enough for him to be fired, why is he coming back as a consultant through the end of the year? And What took so long for Disney to make this decision in the first place? We work to process all that and much, much more. For the week of June 11 this is episode 187 of the Disney Movie Review.
This week Disney canceled its highest rated show after the star posted some racist comments on Twitter. Meanwhile, Disney is not backing down after Comcast launched a bid to buy Fox in cash. Plus Solo was hit hard in its opening weekend, earning just $84 million from Friday to Sunday. Are Star Wars fans to blame or is Disney just putting out too much content?
For the week of June 4, this is episode 186 of The Disney Movie Review.
I am now the dad of two beautiful girls. It is awesome and mom and baby are doing great! In the meantime, we previously recorded an episode where we interviewed Pete Tedone, creator of the LastGen Podcast Network and host of The Disney Magic Hour. It is pretty awesome and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it.
In this bonus episode, the writers of Avengers: Infinity War are weighing on some of the more controversial parts of the movie. It's not a spoiler to say that some of the Avengers die in Infinity War, since we all expected a few of them to pass on. However, the writers are pushing back against those who are petitioning for a comeback storyline.
Huge thanks to DeeDee for passing us this story.
This week, Avengers: Infinity War broke $1 Billion dollars at the box office and is continuing to smash records. However, with Deadpool and Solo looming, how long can it stay on top? Disney boosted Twitter’s stock price, but it is struggling to lift its own past $100/ share. And the rumor is that is Disney is spending $290 million on the live-action version of Mulan. That and much much more. For the week of May 7, this is episode 183 of The Disney Movie Review.
Fan reaction to Avengers: Infinity War has been largely positive, especially compared to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Infinity War currently has a 93 percent from fans on Rotten Tomatoes while The Last Jedi has a 47 percent. But why?
In this episode we break down why the same fans that thought The Last Jedi was too complex are cheering for a film that had at least 32 "main" characters.
This week a pregnant woman is stopped from going on a Disney cruise because she is too pregnant. Black Panther solidifies its place as a cultural phenomenon. Han Solo also got his own menu at Denny’s, an American institution. And would you skip your high school prom to go see Avengers: Infinity War? It's a light news week, but we have fun anyway. For the week of April 9, this is Episode 180 of The Disney Movie Review