LT: 22, a lesbian immigrant from Texas who is living in the United Kingdom. Stuck around in North Wales for a while and studied English Literature with Creative Writing. Currently taking a MA in Scriptwriting at UEA and lucky enough to have an incredible girlfriend.
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Something that I think people vastly overlook in The Princess and the Frog is the friendship between Tiana and Charlotte. It may be only a small part in the film, but in the scheme of Disney movies, this is a revolutionary element.
If you trace the history of all of the other Disney princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Rapunzel - no other princess is shown as having a female friend. Some may have mother figures such as Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas or the various fairy godmothers, and Ariel has sisters, but the princesses rarely interact with other women as friends. The Princess and the Frog is the only Disney princess film that actually shows women being friends with each other.
Charlotte and Tiana were pals since childhood, and not once did we see Charlotte ever do anything but be a good friend, not falling into any pitfalls of petty friendships or letting class differences affect their relatiojship. When Tiana is trying to earn money on her own? Charlotte hires her knowing that it will help Tiana’s goal. When Tiana fell at Charlotte’s ball and much of the desserts were ruined? Charlotte didn’t care about the food, her number one concern was to make sure Tiana was alright. And when Charlotte learns that Tiana loved Prince Naveen? Charlotte didn’t even flinch; she was willing to forgo her own aspirations of being a princess because she cares about Tiana’s happiness more.
I think this aspect of the film is what in my mind, separates it from other Disney princess movies. It deserve a lot more credit for being the only princess film that actually shows women being friends with each other, helping each other, and caring about each other.
The Princess and the Frog shows a better female friendship than a lot of movies, even outside of princess or animated films. It was really one of my favourite bits of the movie and to say that it avoids the pitfalls is so true. At numerous points when I first watched I was thinking, “Here is where Charlotte reveals her true nature” because how often in movies do girls or women get to just be good friends? I mean, all friends have petty disputes sometimes, but it seems to be unavoidable in most female friendships in media (especially when it comes to romance). So this movie was a really welcome change.
Other than my obligatory nitpick at the fact that Pocahontas had Nakoma, I completely agree. Where Pocahontas and The Princess and the Frog differ is that Tiana and Charlotte’s friendship actually matters and influences the two of them as characters. Nakoma acts more like a foil to Pocahontas’ stronger nature, and she doesn’t make much of an impact on the plot - save for facilitating Pocahontas’ angst-fest with John Smith the night before his execution.
Girls definitely need more strong examples of female friendship in media - that’s probably one of the reasons that I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic so much. In fact, that was one of the many aspects of Wicked that I adored when I saw it last week. It’s definitely a great start, and I hope that there are more prominent female friendships to come from Disney in the future.
(Source: daughterofmulan, via type40)
Disney movies condensed into a single image.
that is gorgeous.
click on the photoset and look at the individual picture omg
How would you go about doing this??? I want to do it for megamind.
this is actually beyond incredible
for more on native appropriation: http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com/
Yeah, that’s right! We definitely shouldn’t dress as Native Americans because that’s appropriation and that would be bad!
Now, on the subject of Halloween, what do you think I should dress up as this year? A geisha? What about a cowboy? Maybe a hillbilly! Yeah, that’d be hilarious! I’ll go as a redneck and get some fake teeth! Or I could go as a guido… those seem pretty in lately.
I wanted to go as a vampire, but I felt really uncomfortable about the cape and fangs. I come from a non-vampire family, so those things don’t belong to me and I wouldn’t want to offend anyone.
I’ll probably just go as a pilgrim.
I love when people are beautiful and compare native americans to things like cowboys and vampires as if they are completely comparable and equivalent groups. Remember that time the vampires went on a trail of tears, as ordered by the president of the United States, and thousands of them died en route? Remember that time when cowboys were consistently portrayed by the white majority culture as “savages,” “ignorant heathens,” “magical indians,” etc etc stereotypes for hundreds of years (still ongoing)? And that time cowboy children were taken out of their homes and forced into schools where they were forced to convert to Christianity, and not allowed to practice their native religions or languages, and many of them died, and how this is fairly recent US history? Also I always was really interested in vampire history, and how vampires have continued to keep up their culture in spite of outside oppression, and yet these same oppressors now claim they have a “right” to appropriate vampire religion and culture and anyone that objects is just too sensitive.
Yeah I don’t remember those times either. Great comparisons though!
(MAYBE I MISSED SOME CUE THOUGH and you were actually being sarcastic here?)
I’m not arguing about Native Americans and cultural appropriation- because everything you just said was very valid, but, in relation to the image:
why do children want to dress up as Pocahontas?
because she is a fucking Disney princess. Every single princess has a costume on Disney’s website (save for the obviously more obscure Princesses from less successful films). I wonder if there would be an outcry of some kind if she was the only mainstream, official Princess that was not represented on the website’s costumes.
Maybe this image would be a lot more appropriate if it was a screenshot of Tiger Lily from Peter Pan. I was discussing it with a friend of mine a minute ago and she mentioned that you can’t really dress up as Tiger Lily, as she’s a caricature of the entire stereotype of Native American culture, but Pocahontas was more of a genuine attempt at creating a rounded character. Granted, the culture was dumbed down and rounded at the edges-…
I think that I really just need to learn more about this.
On a similar note, I also wonder if it could also be argued that it is also cultural appropriation for little kids to dress up as Mulan- seriously, look at this-
Mulan costume on the Disney website
Seriously, I don’t get it, but I want to. I’d be really pleased if somebody could explain it to me- I’d be happy to learn.