Sometimes, just to get her dressed, we have to tell her that she looks like one of the characters. Need her to wear a pink dress but she's throwing a true Tanory Tantrum because she doesn't want to get dressed? Just tell her that she'll look like Charlotte from Princess and the Frog, and she'll hop right in it.
And since she watches these movies, it means that Betty and I watch the movies as well. Not that it bothers me... I love all the Disney movies, too.
But now that I'm older, I'm seeing things in these movies that I didn't recognize when I was a child, such as...
1. Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, has a giant case of Stockholm Syndrome, the psychological phenomenon where a hostage starts to love his or her captors. I thought maybe I was reading into it too much, but then I noticed that the Beauty and the Beast Wikipedia page lists Stockholm Syndrome in the "See Also" section as a link.
But think about it: first, the Beast captures Belle's father. Then he locks her up. And what does she do about it? She falls in love with the big, furry flea bag. Which leads me to point #2:
2. There is a lot of Zoophilia (aka, beastiality) in Disney movies.
Princesses kissing frogs? Sounds kinky. A beautiful French woman kissing a horrible Beast? Well, I guess we'd expect that from the French. I'd even throw the Little Mermaid in there somewhere, because technically a mermaid is not human. Which leads me to point #3:
3. Why does Ariel have breasts? Not that I mind - I'll take what I can get. And I know that Disney didn't create the concept of mermaids.
But Futurama made the best point about the mating of mermaids and humans: fish lay eggs, and have the eggs fertilized outside the body. Fish don't drink milk. So why have mammary glands?
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4. Mulan may be a lesbian. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I know that Disney's Mulan is an adaptation of the Ballad of Mulan. But Disney adds a little extra to the story. In the song Reflections, Mulan sings, "Who is that girl I see / Staring straight back at me / When will my reflection show / Who I am inside I am now".
Sounds like someone's trying to come out of the closet.
And maybe Mulan wasn't trying to save her father from having to go to war. Maybe Mulan just hated men so much that she wanted to kill as many as she could. I know a few women like that, although to be fair, they're heterosexual, married, and are just really annoyed by their husbands.
5. What's in a name? The "Nature versus Nurture" debate takes center stage in 101 Dalmatians.
Seriously, how can you name your child Cruella and not expect her to grow up to be cruel? That's like naming your child "Moronica" or "Dumbasstasia" and thinking the kid's going to grow up to be a genius.
Or maybe I'm just being paranoid.