Comparing Frozen And Little Mermaid Essay

1541 words - 6 pages

Leah EricksonCPSY 4331Media Reflection PaperNovember 20, 2014TITLEFor years Walt Disney Pictures has been a titan in the child entertainment industry, however their role in the development of children, especially girls, should not be underestimated. The importance of beauty, love, and family in Disney films has changed significantly over time to provide more realistic standards for young girls. This can be perfectly demonstrated through the comparison of The Little Mermaid (1989) and Frozen (2013).The Little Mermaid is based on a story written in 1837 by Hans Christen Andersen and was released in theatres in 1989. The Disney version differs slightly from the original story by adding a light-hearted ending typical of most Disney works. From the very beginning, it is easy to see how gender portrayal plays a large role in the film. The opening scene focuses on rugged, muscular looking men performing difficult work. These men represent the uber-masculine, especially Prince Eric who demonstrates leadership qualities throughout the first scene. The first instance of feminine imagery takes place in the song "Daughters of Triton". The daughters come across as dainty and delicate while they sing about their beauty and talents. Ariel strays from her sisters in that she is much more driven by her curiosity and does not participate in their activities, despite her father's desires. Ariel is frequently reprimanded for her curiosity and is expected to follow the feminine norms as laid out by her sisters. Ariel's father is painted as an authoritative figure pushing the idea that for little girls, the father, or future husband, should be seen as the dominant factor in their lives. In fact, at no point in the film is a mother figure introduced. Another important part of this film is the emphasis of beauty. When Ariel's sisters are on screen, they are constantly in front of a mirror displaying immense amounts of vanity. Furthermore, their body sizes are completely disproportionate. Most of the females shown have large busts, extremely small waist sizes, and large hips. The traditional "hourglass" figure is a very evident, even though most women do not have such a drastic shape. Comparatively, Ursula has a very large body type, what medical standards would consider obese. As a villain, her body is not portrayed as something beautiful, like Ariel or her sisters, but instead as an unfortunate state of being. Obesity is not healthy, but it can lead to large amounts of body dissatisfaction. By implying that obesity is associated with evil, higher amounts of body dissatisfaction can become apparent. (STUFF FROM CLASS) Regardless of body shape, little girls are not being taught to love themselves but are instead shown an idealized, unrealistic body. Love is also a concept at the forefront of the film. Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric after seeing him for the first time and Prince Eric's first encounter with Ariel is exactly the same. The concept of love is almost...

Find Another Essay On Comparing Frozen and Little Mermaid

Comparing Persuasion by Jane Austen and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

1116 words - 4 pages Both Persuasion by jane Austen and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott tell stories of families of sisters in the nineteenth-century in England and in America. The former is the story of Anne Elliot who had given up Fredrick Wentworth eight years prior to the novel's setting after she was "persuaded" to do so by her old family friend, Lady Russell. Realizing that she has made a terribe mistake once Fredrick returns, wealthier and more

Comparing The "Little Red Riding Hood" And The" Paper Bag Princess Tales"

710 words - 3 pages book should be in every girl's library. A little dose of reality is good because a girl needs to know early in life that not all relationships are worth staying in. Although I agree that the story has a wealth of small lessons for children to learn about boys and girls and expectations and disappointments, I think that one of its strongest points is that the book serves as a wonderful introduction to the fact that not all stories end the way we

Comparing Three short stories by James Joyce; Araby, Eveline and A Little Cloud

1458 words - 6 pages lives yield, and the moments of painful self-realization that follow these attempts. "Araby", "The Dead" and "A Little Cloud", stories included in Dubliners best portray the idea of the endeavours one must go on to find themselves.During the time Dubliners was written, Ireland was in deep political turmoil following the death of Charles Parnell, the Nationalist leader who had rallied much of the county in support of Irish independence. Joyce

The Little Mermaid

2418 words - 10 pages The Little Mermaid "But I must be paid also," said the witch, "and it is not a trifle that I ask. You have the sweetest voice of any who dwell here in the depths of the sea, and you believe that you will be able to charm the prince with it also, but this voice you must give to me; the best thing you possess will I have for the price of my draught. My own blood must be mixed with it, that it may be as sharp as a two-edged sword." "But

Fairytales and their lasting cultural impressions - ACA English - Honors English Weekly Writing

481 words - 2 pages House 1 Alayna House Mrs. Hill Pre-AP English 20 February 2017 Fairytale Weekly Writing What do you think of when you hear the word “mermaid”? Today, we characterize mermaids as gorgeous, happy, and energetic creatures, because of the movie The Little Mermaid that a majority of people have seen or heard about. The Little Mermaid is a well-known fairytale, which is a children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands. Being a

Mermaids: Real or Legend?

1293 words - 5 pages subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen's well-known fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics. ("Mermaid”) Mermaids are made out to be very beautiful and majestic creatures, but according to most mermaid sightings, they look nothing like that. They have usually been described as “scary” looking or that they “looked more

Fables

1765 words - 8 pages judge a book by its cover” and the one tied into this tale "you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince". The more traditional second moral illustrated is always keep your promises and good things with come. The Little Mermaid has easily the most morals in quantity which in part is because of its length, but also because of how much one could infer from all of its symbolism and metaphors which in many cases can be taken in

Everything about mermaids

994 words - 4 pages of modern media. Often, mermaids will show up in movies, such as: The Little Mermaid, Aquamarine, Peter Pan, and Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (Sara). There are also many books with mermaids in them. These books include: Siren by Tricia Rayburn, and Amalie Howard’s, Waterfell. There are various other movies and novels with mermaids in them. Mermaids have become a fad to use in novels and movies, along with vampires and werewolves. These fairytale

From Delicate Damsels to Strong Self-Starters

1226 words - 5 pages , society became critical of these role models that Disney created for girls - sweet, helpful, and good-natured, but virtually helpless, nonetheless. As a result, the company enters an unsuccessful period of time where society continues to show disapproval of Disney’s portrayal of women until the release of “The Little Mermaid” in 1989. Unlike the female protagonists before her, the protagonist of “The Little Mermaid”, Ariel, is strong-willed

Female Roles and Stereotypes in Disney Animated Films

975 words - 4 pages ., Descartes, L., & Collier-Meek, M. (2011). Gender Role Portrayal and the Disney Princesses. Sex Roles, 64(7/8), 555-567. Zarranz, L. (2007). DISWOMEN STRIKE BACK? THE EVOLUTION OF DISNEY'S FEMMES IN THE 1990s. Atenea, 27(2), 55-67. Snow White (December 21, 1937). Film Cinderella(February 15, 1950) Film. Sleeping Beauty(January 29, 1959) Film. The Little Mermaid(November 17, 1989) Film. Aladdin(November 25, 1992) Film. Beauty and the Beast(September 29, 1991) Film. Mulan(June 19, 1998) Film. Lilo and Stitch(June 21, 2002) Film. Brave(June 22, 2012) Film. Frozen(November 27, 2013) Film.

The Little Mermaid: Hans Christian Andersen vs Walt Disney

3155 words - 13 pages the legitimacy of femininity shapes the fairytale. Unfortunately, Walt Disney’s 1989 film version of “The Little Mermaid” eliminates the values that affirm femininity in the original story (Trites 145) Walt Disney needed to change his version and many of his other fairy tales and in doing so started a change in the way we see fairy tales. Ask someone today to define a fairy tale and they will tell you along the lines of a beautiful woman put

Similar Essays

The Heroine And Archetypal Characteristics Of The Little Mermaid

878 words - 4 pages mermaid again” (Anderesens 185). This is an example of how the Little Mermaid chose to do something incredible and dangerous just to accomplish something she only dreamt of. Not only is the Little Mermaid the heroine of the story, but she also exemplifies other archetypal characteristics. An original type, after which, other related things are patterned in a story embodies an archetypal characteristic. “The Little Mermaid danced for the Prince

Literature, Film And Interculturality In Between: Crossing Boundaries In The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid From Hans Cristian Andersen,Viewed From A Different Perspective

789 words - 4 pages will marry her out of free will she can remain human. But he does not recognise her.A concept that is apparent in The Little Mermaid is that of hybridity. Hybridity refers in its most basic sense to mix. It is thus the possession or occurrence of mixture. The little mermaid is obviously a mixture between fish and human, but after her sacrifice to give up her fish tail in order to get legs, she stays a mixture, now between mermaid and human; she

Explaining Why "Blues Brothers" Is A Musical And "The Little Mermaid" Is Not

1355 words - 5 pages apparent in the frequency and use of the songs in "Blues Brothers Movie", thereby adding to its validity as a movie musical. In contrast, the Disney movie "The Little Mermaid" is not a good example of a movie musical. This movie is considered a musical, but in the criterion established in this paper it doesn't meet them well enough. This movie, first of all, out of ninety minutes has only four musical numbers; two of them do not employ dance, but

Comparing Flatland And Little House On The Prairie

1171 words - 5 pages Flatland and Little House on the Prairie   Simplicity clashes with stress. Living with the bare necessities, the working class families keep themselves happy. The husband works while the wife cooks the meals and takes care of the children. No desire for excessive amounts of m oney exists, just a desire for a strong bond within the family. Upper-class families or families striving for success invite stress into their lives. Too