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Disney films' portrayal of pensioners and women is anything but flattering

Cruella-De-Vil-B-web.jpgThe Metro says that Disney movies "make children believe that all pensioners are nasty and useless". Between the likes of Cruella de Vil, andthe Evil Queen from Snow White, researchers say that nearly 100 Disney characters aged over 55 in 34 Disney films came across in a "bad light": "25% were evil or sinister, 8% were helpless, 3% were senile or crazy, and 2% were the object of ridicule". Now, while I do agree that perhaps these Disney films don't portray old people as being cheery, I don't think that Snow White is going to cause young children to become frightened of their grandparents, or of anyone who has the same "saggy breasts" as the old women in Disney films.

I think the fact that only two thirds of all Disney characters are male, and that 83% of them are white is more of a problem. Not to say that the depiction of old people isn't a problem, but only having white Princesses fall in love with white Princes after somehow managing to survive an attack from "the bad guy" -who's is hardly ever a guy- is offensive to much wider rang of people.

I actually couldn't remember any male villians off hand, and had to ask all of the Shiny ladies if there were any. We recalled that there was Scar from The Lion King and Jafar in Aladdin; yet no male villains in any of the Disney Brother's Grimm adaptations. Thankfully, Disney has tried to shape up a bit by making other movies with strong females characters like Mulan. However, The Metro points out that children will still be exposed to the older Disney films, as they are constantly being rebroadcast, or re-released.

However, it must be said that we cannot simply blame TV shows and Disney for what we allow our children to be exposed to. Movies and TV shows aren't meant to teach our children the ways of the world, we are.

Posted by on May 31, 2007

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You are incorrect in your assumption that there are few male Disney villains - here is a list of them (male villains) from Disney full length features;

Stromboli & Honest John (Pinocchio)
Ratigan (Great Mouse Detective)
The Ringmaster & the Clowns (Dumbo)
Headless Horseman (Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad)
Hook (Peter Pan)
The Dogcatcher (Lady & the Tramp)
Shere Kahn (The Jungle Book)
Prince John and Sherrif of Nottingham (Robin Hood)
Amos Slade (Fox & the Hound)
The Horned King ( Black Cauldron)
Sykes (Oliver & Co.)
Macleach (Rescuers Down Under)
Gatson (Beauty & the Beast)
Jafar (Aladdin)
Scar (Lion King)
Frollo (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas)
Clayton (Tarzan)
Rourke (Atlantis)
...and, most obvious of all, MAN from Bambi.

Of the approzimate 40 or so full length features, HALF are male, thereby quashing your claim.

i find it interesting that people are so quick to lambast Disney for a social infraction, whereas the infraction is yours for being uninformed.

You arse.

Posted by: rob | May 31, 2007 10:12 PM

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