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.