Growing up with Disney, I fell for some expectations and realized I am not the only one. My research paper will focus on the depiction and perception of beauty in Disney films and how that has affected society today.
- “The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children’s Fairy Tales” by Lori Baker-Sperry and Liz Graurholz (2003) pages 711-726; found on jstor http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3594706?uid=3739832&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21103744596537
This is a section from the book, Gender and Society, and discusses how children are influenced by fairy tales to believe in what is classified as “beautiful.”
- “Disney gave me unrealistic expectations about hair” (cartoon) http://www.sadanduseless.com/image.php?n=3
This is a cartoon of just the hair of classic Disney princesses with the message “Disney gave me unrealistic expectation about hair.” I find this to be relatable, therefore can be used in my argument that Disney has created an ideal beauty.
- “Do Animated Disney Characters Promote and Portray the Beauty- Goodness Stereotype?”
Bazzini, D.,Curtin, L., Joslin, S., Regan, S., & Martz, D.(2010). Do animated Disney characters portray and promote the beauty-goodness stereotype?Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(10): 2687-2709. (Oct 2010) Published by Wiley- Blackwell
This article argues that Disney uses beauty to represent good and ugly to represent evil, which is something that I have also noticed.
- “Disney Princesses Portray Skinny as the True Idea of Beauty” http://www.dailytitan.com/2014/02/disney-princesses-portray-skinny-as-the-true-idea-of-beauty/
This source explains that one major aspect to the ideal beauty Disney creates is being skinny. After all, Disney does not have a “fat” princess!
- “Portrayal of Female Body Image in Disney Films” http://voices.yahoo.com/portrayal-female-body-image-disney-films-553756.html
This too discusses the significance that body image has on believing what is truly beautiful.
- “Obsessed with the Dress.” Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss. Dir. San Heng, Jennifer Winston, Emma Broomhead. TLC. New York, 3 June 2011. Television.
I remember watching this episode a few years ago; the brides come in wanting to look and feel like a princess, which is very common among brides. This also sparks the question of what it means to really be a princess.
- “Ultimate Guide to Disney Princess” by Vicki Arkoff (How Stuff Works) http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/family/activities/movie-fun-night/how-disney-princess-works2.htm
This is a sort of break down of the classic Disney princesses and how they came to be so popular and beloved.
- A list of Disney movies sold and their respective total sales
I thought it would be interesting to see how the popularity of the princesses, based on beauty, and the sales of their movies are related. Do the movies of “prettier” princesses have higher sales?
- Disney’s Animation Style
This is a tumblr post that examines Disney’s animation style. A question I want to raise in my paper is: is Disney trying to instill an image of ideal beauty or does it have it’s own animation style that leads us on to believe that what we are seeing is what beauty is supposed to be?