“And the second reason was — during the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios — I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You’ve got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices. But a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing.”
TEN MILLION YEARS DUNGEON NO TRIAL
I AM SO ANGRY I COULD SPIT FIRE OUT OF EVERY ORIFICE WHY DOES SHE HAVE BOOBS
ALSO, LION KING, HERCULES, ALADDIN, TREASURE PLANET, EL DORADO, EMPERORS NEW GROOVE, JUNGLE BOOK, PETER PAN, 101 DALMATIANS, THE FOX AND THE HOUND, BAMBI, RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, ROBIN HOOD, AN AMERICAN TALE, OLIVER AND COMPANY, ARISTOCATS, THREE AMIGOS OMG THERE ARE SO MANY WITH MALE PROTAGONISTS HOLY SHIT
ALSO, those with female protagonists WIND UP HAVING TO BE SAVED BY MALES. OKAY.
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BAUM NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE SO HE CAN STAB EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS MOVIE. He was a feminist and surrounded by women’s sufferage movement supporters (he was active in it himself!) and wrote the story with A STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST.
Agreed, this is ridiculous, but I do have to point out that not all female protagonists need to be saved by males. IE: Merida.
Also, she has boobs because she’s a lady.
Merida is only one of a small few, though. And I think what they meant with the boob comment was why is she being sexualized?
Exactly, and exactly. “She has boobs because she’s a lady” is not what we’re talking about here. Using that logic, Psylocke’s ass-bearing costume is cool then too, because she has an ass, because she’s a lady, right? It’s all about context. Unnecessary sexualization is gross, and continues to happen disproportionately to female characters. As if the Wicked Witch of the West needed visible cleavage to be interesting!
While some more recent Disney movies have featured strong heroines, the thing that makes us all roll our eyes is that two of the three movies that the producer mentioned in his original comment do NOT, and he held them out as an example. The real hero of Sleeping Beauty is Prince Philip; the real heroes of Cinderella are anyone but Cinderella (it does have the fairy godmother, but she’s more of a fairy deus ex machina than anything).
It’s ignorant to suggest that a tradition of passive female characters in cinematic roles is somehow over just because Merida knows how to shoot a bow and arrow. Case in point: this new movie, which features the witches falling all over themselves at the return of the prophecy-fulfilling Oz.
Baum’s books featured one strong female character after another—this was a man who married a feminist (the Cornell-educated Maud Gage Baum), who was the daughter of a the famous activist Matilda Joslyn Gage. He hung out with Susan B. Anthony, for chrissakes. It isn’t too much to ask that maybe, just maybe, adaptations of his work feature some of the things that make it so engaging in the first place.
And to the commenter who used Wicked as a justification for sexualized boob-witch: no. You are miles wide of the point on this one.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Pied Piper, The Clever Little Tailor, Tom Thumb, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Prince and the Pauper, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Four Skillful Brothers, The Golden Bird, just to name a few. Honestly, did you not do a whole lot of research into faiytales? Cause there are TONS of guys in them. Maybe not all strong as you’d like, but they’re there. And what is so bad about having strong male and female characters? Like in Hansel and Gretel or Brother and Sister.
And if you were so desperate for a “strong male character” why not gender-bend the fairytale? Make a girl the beast and a man the beauty, make The Little Merman or The Twelve Dancing Princes or something. Or, if you’re feeling really brave, twist the fairytale. Like doing Jack and the Beanstalk from the Giant’s point of view. Or, the Boy Who Cried Wolf from the wolf’s point of view, or heck, make the wolf a werewolf.
Just don’t say “There are like not many strong male characters in fairytales.” Because unless you base all of your knowledge solely on Disney movies (meaning no offense to those who do, just pointing out that there are MANY fairytales out there beyond the movies.) you know that there is a huge number of characters of varying gender, age, ethnicity, race and species.
I don’t hold anything against the movie. I just don’t agree with the reason the film was supposedly created.