Princess to Prince-less: How Disney has Reshaped its Animated Female Leads (Post 4)

August 20

I altered and evolved my plan for analyzing song lyrics since I last posted.  My original vision was to compare male characters’ lyrics to female characters’ lyrics within each film.  However, after thoroughly reading numerous songs, I changed my mind in favor of a more longitudinal approach: I compared the lyrics of the princesses’ main sung soliloquy from each film.  The songs I believed best fit that label were “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast, “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas, “Let it Go” from Frozen, and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.

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Princess to Prince-less: How Disney has Reshaped its Animated Female Leads (Post 3)

May 25

For the second round of screenings, I viewed Pocahontas and Moana.  While examining these films, I not only kept a feminist perspective in mind, I also paid attention to ethnographic aspects of the films.  As I had first screened Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, I had a mental template of how caucasian princesses are depicted against with I could compare the portrayal of non-caucasian princesses.

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Princess to Prince-less: How Disney has Reshaped its Animated Female Leads (Post 2)

May 18

I began the film analyzation stage of my project by screening and taking down observations on two of the four Disney princess films I am analyzing.  First I watched Beauty and the Beast (1991), and the following day I watched Frozen (2013).  In order to make thorough, organized observations, I payed attention to the five parts of parts of film: mise-en-scène, sound, shots, story, and editing.  After each screening, I reviewed my notes on the film and discussed them with my advisor, Professor Alexander Prokhorov.  The following is a brief selection of my thoughts on each film, as well as an initial comparison of the two films.

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Princess to Prince-less: How Disney has Reshaped its Animated Female Leads (Abstract)

The purpose of my research is to see how the characterization of women in Disney Princess films has changed since the beginning of the third wave of feminism, through the analysis of four animated films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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