If you need some animation (and, let’s face it, in 2022, ALL needs some animation), then I strongly recommend Googling “girls reacting to it The little mermaid trailer.
In case you lost it, Disney recently shared the first teaser for its live action adaptation of the animated classic, where viewers had a vision at the singer Halle Bailey as Ariel. Since then, there has been an effusion of love and support for inclusive casting, so both parents began filming the reactions of their young black daughters to see a princess who looks like them. The results are encouraging and a reminder of the massive influence that a fictional character can have.
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You’d be hard to find someone who didn’t grow up watching Disney movies. It’s almost a passing rite, like playing in a sandbox or shopping underwear with your mother. And the Disney Princesses continue to form how we feel about beauty, fashion and femininity, even in 2022. This impact is the theme of the new book Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiarawhich examines the cultural influence of fictional characters and how their legacy lives far beyond the screen.
“Our ideas about what is beautiful and glamorous and elegant come from the Disney Princess dresses, which we see for the first time at a young age,” writes author Emily Zemler to me by email. “Cinderella’s ballgown is perhaps one of the most iconic dresses of the modern era – and it is not even a real dress. ”
In fact, the interpretations of this particular fictitious dress are infinite. From wedding dresses to walkways to Zendaya on the red carpet of the Met Gala 2019, the blue outfit has become synonymous with grace, elegance and transformation power. “If you say you want to look like a princess, then that means you want to look like a princess [Disney],” shares Zendaya Law Roach’s stylist in the book. “Your looks are part of America… they are fashion icons. ”
Zemler accepts and attributes the Disney Princess bata phenomenon to the launch of 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. “It was immediately obvious that fans wanted to look like Snow White, or at least share elements of its appearance,” he explains, referring to the popularity of the fashion merch that was released at the time. “There were even glances inspired by Snow White that went down the French tracks. ”
We continue to see examples of the Disney Princess effect today. Later. Frozen came to the theaters in 2013 and Elsa introduced the world to capes again, they were everywhere red carpet and landing track. Similarly, when the live action version Beauty and the Beast was released in 2017, yellow (the color of Belle’s dress) became the “it” shadow of the season. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
But it also works backwards, with cartoons that are inspired by real life. Zemler explains that because the first Disney princesses were animated mainly by men, who were not necessarily fashion experts, they used images of popular fashion magazines as a reference point. When Cinderella was released in the 1950s, the character set was inspired by Christian Dior’s New Look, that was the defining silhouette of the era. Aurora’s dress, created a few years later, had specific medieval touches — Sleeping beauty was established during that period — but it also took a lot of the film Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday. And the filmmakers deliberately drew Ariel’s pink ball dress and wedding dress to look like Princess Diana at his 1981 wedding with Prince Charles.
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So what is the eternal appeal of Disney Princesses? Why are we all so obsessed with them? “For many fans, nostalgia plays an important factor,” says Zemler. “Millennials, for example, grew up in the ‘Royal Renaissance’, an unofficial term for the era in the 1990s when films like The mermaid, Aladdin, and Mulan He came out. ”
Millennials have also referred to as the “Peter Pan Generation” because, as the film says, they do not want to grow. Typical markers have been delayed in adulthood, such as getting out of their parents’ house or buying a car, longer than most generations before them. They have also coined the term “sweeping” to describe their struggle with “growing” tasks. For a generation who doesn’t want to age, seeing Disney Princesses is a childhood reminder.
But maybe the real reason Disney Princesses is still so compelling is that we all love a happy ending, especially one we’ve worked for. And these women workedFor that beautiful pawn! It is a great and rugged symbol for all that they have overcome, whether that is touching a beast, defeating a human medium, half octopus or simply remaining faithful to themselves.
“ Ultimately, the most traditional dresses often represent a moment of transformation, which can be physical and symbolic for the characters,” Zemler shares. “Who doesn’t want that feeling of being glamorous and more self-confidious?” Based on the reactions of all these girls to new ones The little mermaid trailer, who, in fact?
Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiaraavailable now Amazon.ca