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« on: June 26, 2014, 08:20:21 AM »

No....no....my childhood innocence is melting....


http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamellis/ways-disney-movies-are-completely-and-totally-messed-up



The Little Mermaid

1. Ariel is a child bride. She marries Eric when she’s 16.
2. She’s also a hoarder, as evidenced from her cave of knick-knacks. Hoarding can be a symptom of very serious mental illness.
3. She has books and a painting in her hoarder den, but how have they not disintegrated? Why doesn’t this fantasy movie abide by the laws of science, huh?
4. Ariel is totally content to give up everything important to her for a man. A boring man. Cute, but boring.
5. Flounder isn’t even a flounder, he’s a guppy. This is a flounder. It’s disgusting.
6. Speaking of fish, there’s a character called the “blackfish” which is pretty much a racist caricature.
7. Ariel loses her voice, but why doesn’t she just write Eric a letter? She signed Ursula’s contract, so she’s obviously not illiterate. Is she just lazy? What kind of role model is a lazy mermaid?
8. The mer-people probably eat slime, seaweed, and algae. What else is there to eat, besides their fishy friends? Think about Ariel licking slime off a rock for a second. Yeah, gross.
9. During “Kiss the Girl,” Sebastian encourages Eric to kiss Ariel without even asking her. Ever heard of consent, buddy?
10. In the original fairy tale, the Little Mermaid is forced to choose between killing the prince or killing herself. She can’t kill the prince, so she flings herself into the sea and dissolves into sea foam.


Aladdin

11. Aladdin is hella racist. The movie opens with a song that calls the Middle East barbaric.
12. The lyric “where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face” proved so controversial it had to be removed.
13. Have you listened to “A Whole New World” recently? That song is straight up about sex.
14. How messed up is it that Jasmine’s slave clothes are way cooler than her normal princess digs?


Beauty and the Beast

15. Beauty and the Beast essentially teaches that bestiality is A-OK. The Beast is an animal. Belle is human. Uhhh. Hot, I guess?
16. The movie also teaches that you can change guys with intense anger issues if you stick around long enough.
17. Belle is the Beast’s prisoner but eventually falls in love with him. There’s a name for that: Stockholm Syndrome.
18. If you do the math, the Beast was a preteen when he was cursed… for not letting a stranger into his home. Who in their right mind curses a child who’s just following the rules of stranger danger?
19. Those violent villagers had to know the Beast was human. Were they oblivious to that castle in the woods prior to the spell being cast? The Beast was cursed 10 years ago, not 100. They knew what was up and they still went after him. a***oles.
20. All the Beast’s servants were turned into inanimate objects, right? During “Be Our Guest,” all those beer steins and popping champagne bottles are…barfing? Are they dying?


Sleeping Beauty

21. Aurora’s father, the king, is a complete idiot. He orders every spinning wheel to be burned after his daughter is cursed — nevermind the fact that more wheels can and will be manufactured in the next 16 years.
22. Not to mention that without spinning wheels, how are new clothes supposed to be made? A Disney movie full of naked people probably wouldn’t get a G rating. Not a smart man, the king.
23. The red fairy’s gift to Aurora is beauty. Great lesson for kids right there. Why not the gift of creativity, or innovation?
24. Phillip and Aurora are meant to be part of an arranged marriage. Philip meets Aurora when she’s a baby.
25. Aurora grows up in a cottage in the woods, but still has perfectly sleek and bouncy hair. Hello unrealistic hair expectations.
26. Aurora is expected to marry Prince Philip at 16, when he’s in his twenties. Sure, this is a fairy tale, but c’mon. That’s illegal and weird.
27. The fairies refuse to allow Aurora to celebrate her 16th birthday even a few hours late, which leads to Aurora pricking her finger before sundown. Exactly how spoiled is this girl? Everything could’ve been avoided if they moved her birthday party by a single day.
28. When they realize they’ve screwed up, the fairies try to cover up their mistake by putting everyone to sleep in the kingdom. That is some BS.


Pocahontas

29. In real life, John Smith was way too old for Pocahontas. He wrote that she was “a child of tenne years old.” John, you're nasty.
30. According to the Powhatan Nation, Pocahontas didn’t even like John Smith.
31. “Pocahontas” isn’t actually a name. It’s a Powhatan nickname that means “spoiled child.”
32. The real Pocahontas died when she was 21. Maybe that’s why there was no Pocahontas III.
33. The entire movie is likely based on lies the real John Smith told.
34. The Powhatan people offered to assist Disney with cultural and historical accuracy but were rejected. Probably because they didn’t have any cute animal sidekicks.



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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014, 12:44:16 PM »

There are definitely a lot of dark edges to almost all Disney movies if one really stops and thinks about it. Now this is true. There's also a bunch of crazy conspiracy theories about Satanism and the Illuminati being connected with it. This seems less true.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2014, 12:50:28 PM »

Uh, dude...the Middle East IS barbaric. Check your history...might be a little, oh I don't know...inconvenient, but hey.....not you, ER, the guy wrote the article.

Other than that...some good points.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2014, 07:29:58 PM »

There is so much wrong here. It is hard to know where to begin, but let me point out some of the errors he makes.

The Little Mermaid
1. Not shocking at all for that time. Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" would have got married when she was not even 14, and audiences of that day would have had no problems with it.

6. If you think this is bad, then look at something really cringeworthy, which people seem to forget. The song "What Makes a Redman Red" in the animated 1953 "Peter Pan." Even the lead animator on that sequence, Marc Davis, said if he knew then what he knew later, he'd have done it differently. But do I think it should be stripped from the film. No, because it is a reflection of our past. It is also a reflection of how far we have come since then.

7. Just because a person can sign their name does not make them literate. A lot of people at that time could sign their name, but still did not know how to read and write.

Aladdin
11. Barbaric? Yes, at times that area was an area of barbarism. When the Christians took Jerusalem from the Muslims, it is said that blood ran like water in the streets. And the word it was said was "Kill 'em all! God knows His own! Let Him sort 'em out!"

The Muslims were sometimes no better. When they retook the Holy Land from the Christians, they sometimes slaughtered the Christians by the score. Only the most comely youths (both boys and girls) being spared to be shipped to the seraglios and harems farther east.

And it was not only the Christians and Muslims. It is said that when the Mongols took Baghdad, over 100,000 men, women, and children were slaughtered in the massacre that followed. And in the nature of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." There were Christians that fought alongside the Mongols.

Barbaric? Ye-es! Sometimes.

Beauty and the Beast
Call it what you will. A bloop. A flub. A nit. No one is sure of the Beast's age at the very beginning of the film. Even though it has been argued up and down and every which way since 1991, when the film was 1st released to theaters. Though, I would like to think he was only 11. For while children make credible victims and heroes, they do not make credible villains--with exceptions. This being one of the exceptions, as I can see a spoiled 11-year-old do this, especially as he seems to have been an orphan at this time.

And it was not the rule of "stranger danger," which was little known at that time, that he broke, but the older and stronger rule of hospitality to a stranger.

The only surprise for me is with all his servants which he apparently had, why did he have to answer the door himself?

Sleeping Beauty
24. Arranged marriage? So what. What marriages were not arranged. The upperclasses in order to strengthen their family position could not wait for their sons and daughters to fall in love with someone, but had a marriage arranged. That is not to say that the man and woman might not fall in love with each other, but love seldom played a part in marriages of that day.

Indeed, going back to "Romeo and Juliet," audiences would have seen that the problems arose because it was not an arraged marriage, but a marriage based on love, or in this case, more likely lust.

26. And how old was Prince Philip when he married Sleeping Beauty or Briar Rose or Aurora? No more than 21, and this in a time when a 16-year-old girl might marry a man in his 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s.

And I disagree that Prince Philip was in his 20s, when he married. At the christening, he looks to be no more than 2 or 3, which would make him 18 or 19, when he married. And that is not too far from 16.

Pocahantas
34. Native American actor Russell Means, who voiced the character of Powhatan, in the film, pointed this out. Among the reasons the Jamestown settlers settled in the New World was to look for gold, which is brought up in the film, and which the writer of this article conveniently ignores.

So what do we have from the writer . . .

1. A consistent showing of ignorance.
The Little Mermaid -- Aladdin -- Beauty and the Beast -- Sleeping Beauty.

2. A consistent contradiction.
He decries the lack of reality in "Pocahontas," but then decries the reality found in the other films.

3. An ignoring of facts that might prove one wrong.
Pocahontas

4. Inserts modern ideas into a film set in the past.
The Little Mermaid -- Beauty and the Beast -- Sleeping Beauty.

I want to thank ER for originally posting this article, for the reasoning used by the writer is not unique nor extreme, as I find the reasoning being used time and time again, especially in films set in the past.

Thank you again, ER.

And read the comment section at the end of the article, as the comments go into even greater detail as to where the writer gets it wrong.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014, 02:46:21 PM »

We talked about the mistakes made in the original web article, but that is not the only article where mistakes occur.

Three years ago, there was a theatrical film, which I saw and enjoyed, called "Season of the Witch." Unfortunately, most critics did not. Maybe that was because they did not understand what was happening in the film. There were certainly a number of boneheaded factual errors made in the reviews of the film. Here are some of them.

01. No! The time is not the 8th century.

02. No! It does not take place in England nor France nor Germany nor Scotland. Maybe . . . (which we'll get to later.)

03. No! The village seen in the film is not the village seen in the prologue.

04. No! d'Amboise is not a king.
           There is a definite term, which I have unfortunately forgotten, to describe a ruler who is both political and religious leader, but it is not king.

05. No! Eckerd is not a soldier.
           Soldiers walked. Knights had a horse and rode. Eckerd had a horse and rode. Eckerd was a knight.

06. No! Hagmar is not a merchant . . .
           Hagmar was an indulgences seller, and he was only . . .
           a thief, in only that he was also a conman.

07. No! Kay is not "battle hungry" nor "unmotivated" nor a squire nor an altar boy.
           Kay had a position, which I have forgotten, which was similar to an altar boy, but it was not altar boy.

08. No! The time period between the heroes desertion and their next appearance in the film is not less than a month.

09. No! The plague mentioned in the film is not the Bubonic plague.
           I do not think they ever call it the Bubonic plague. And anyway the nodules do not look like the nodules for the Bubonic plague, nor do they appear in the same
           area, as the nodules for the Bubonic plague.

10. No! They are not coming from a castle.
           They are coming from a cathedral town.

11. No! Nor are they going to a cathedral town.
           They are going to a monastery.

12. No! The demon is not a vampire.
           It is just an ordinary demon.

13. No! The film is not a comedy nor a horror film nor a western.
           It is an action film, an adventure film, and a fantasy film.

14. Maybe! It does take place in Hungary. Not the Hungary of today, but the medieval Hungary of yesterday, when Hungary was much larger than it is today, but then a
                qualifier should have been added to the word Hungary.
 
How can you trust someone's opinion, when they cannot even get their facts straight.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2014, 02:55:37 PM »

Beauty and the Beast
15. Beauty and the Beast essentially teaches that bestiality is A-OK. The Beast is an animal. Belle is human.

That is disturbing.
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