Kristen Bell And Keira Knightley Struggle With The Lessons Of Classic Disney
It may sound odd, but one of the stars of Disney's 'Frozen' and one of the stars of Disney's 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' have both recently come out in criticism... of Disney.
Kristen Bell, the voice of Princess Anna in Frozen -- a role she'll reprise for its upcoming sequel -- said she struggles with a lot of the lessons that Disney princesses send.
"Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple?'" Bell told Parents.
"'Or where she got that apple?' I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'Okay, I'm doing something right.'"
Bell added that taking food from creepy, witchy strangers isn't the only part of the story she has an issue with, making sure she makes discussion points out of the more questionable parts of the story.
"Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?" she said she asks her two daughters, adding, "you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!"
Bell isn't the only Disney star who has taken issue with the messages in some of the most famous stories in the world. Keira Knightly recently revealed that she apparently banned her daughters from watching certain Disney movies.
Cinderella is banned because "she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her," Knightly explained while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "Don't! Rescue yourself, obviously!"
Knightly also said she banned The Little Mermaid, despite the poppin' soundtrack, because Ariel gives up her voice for a man. "The problem with The Little Mermaid is I love The Little Mermaid," she admitted, "that one's a little tricky, but I'm keeping to it!"
Still, they aren't ALL banned, though. Knightly admitted that a handful of Disney's more recent offerings like Frozen, Moana and Finding Dory all get regular play in her household.
Disney's older films do contain their more problematic moments, but with the mouse house's recent films tossing aside the happy endings of a princess getting her prince, the newer films are more about sisterhood, finding your place in the world and... you know, being a good fish.
The studio has also been remaking their classic films into live-action reboots and, in the case of Beauty and the Beast injecting changes to update the politics of the films. In the case of Belle, the film's star, Emma Watson, removed the corset from her look, as well as including an eco-friendly outfit.
Watson's Belle was also an outcast not simply because she had her nose in a book all the time -- like the animated version -- but she was also a pariah in her little town and quiet village because of her passion for educating and inventing.
Princesses of the future.
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