Disney Movies: The real meanings behind the classics

Janie Livermore

I was reading an article in the Daily Mail and it was all about the real meanings behind a Disney film, where they digitally altered the titles on the original video covers of the films.

Back when we were younger, we watched Beast managing to fall in love with Belle, and for his feelings to be reciprocated. We watched Cinderella get her Prince, even when he saw her in her true colours, and we saw Pocohontas fall in love with a man who actually threatens her world, her people, but manages to change his outlook on life.

But now we are older, and more cynical. What do we really think the true moral of the story is for many of our classic favourites?


Disney film: Beauty & the Beast.

The DM changed it to: Stockholm Syndrome.

When I was younger and watching this film, I loved the fact that Beauty fell in love with the Beast. But now when I watch this film, as much as Beast was quite endearing at the end, he wasn’t that nice a person that a normal, sane person would have gotten over the fact that he was indeed, a beast. If he was incredibly nice, incredibly caring throughout, I would have understood why she might have gone there, but he wasn’t. Maybe it was the fact that her other choice was Gaston, who to be honest, was nearly as hairy as the beast! Luckily, the Beast was nice, he did scrub up well in his lil blue suit thing, and got the girl. Maybe she was a bit desperate, maybe it was because she hadn’t seen anyone but a talking clock, candlestick, teapot and a Beast for a while.

The Disney moral: That love isn’t only skin deep. Personality shines through.

Cynical moral: You will eventually fall in love with ANYONE if they basically keep you prisoner.


Disney film: The Little Mermaid

The DM changed it to: Change for your man.

I can’t even really see what moral I must have thought when I saw this when I was younger. I just see a rebellious teenage girl, not wanting to be a mermaid anymore because she is bored. Falls in love with the first guy she meets, decides she wants to be a human and marry him. So yes, she did change. You should never change for no man. Personality or leg-wise. Naughty Ariel.

The Disney Moral: Maybe to follow your heart?

Cynical moral: You changed for your man, now you are his bi-atch.


Disney film: The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The DM changed it to: Nice guys finishes last.

Poor Hunchback.

He does so much for this girl, (Esmeralda you cow) and then who does she choose? The handsome soldier. There is no moral. She is teaching innocent young minds bad things.

The Disney Moral: THERE IS NO MORAL.

Cynical moral: You can be a good guy, a bad guy, a great guy, a complete douchebag, but you still may not get the girl.


Disney film: Cinderella

The DM changed it to: Makeovers fix everything.

Cinderella is a pretty girl who gets treated horribly by her step-family. She is constantly doing chores, getting upset, chores, cry. Until a lovely fairy godmother pops up, gives her a makeover, and turns a pumpkin into a coach, and mice into horses, and takes her to the Prince’s ball. *YAY CINDERELLA* She goes there, gets spotted by the Prince who instantly falls in love with her. It must have been the dress and the glass slippers that did it. She runs away before the magic reverses, loses her glass slipper, and then the Prince finds it and then finds her yadda yadda yadda. They kiss, they are happy and so am I.

The Disney Moral: True beauty shines through. Things always go your way in the end.

Cynical moral: All it took was a nice dress and glass slippers to make her pretty, but she was ashamed of her roots being in rags. I am sure he would have loved her if she turned up like that. Be yourself.

Janie Livermore

I'm a recent Magazine Journalism Graduate who wants to travel the world and see the sights. Just need to get through a year of "adult working-life" before I can jet-set (or backpack) and write about what the world can offer us. Follow my daily ramblings: @Janieeeeeee

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