Dear Disney Enthusiasts,
Which animated Disney movies have plotlines that you'd love to change at some point or another, due to their amoral messages, overall boringness, etc.?
I'd love to change the plotlines of the following animated Disney movies:
* "Cinderella": I know that Walt actually stayed fairly close (well, sort of) to the original tale of "Cinderella", but, in my opinion, the movie makes the unspoken claim that child abuse can be avenged with passive aggression, instead of with sheer honesty. I'd like to have seen Cindy go to that ball in her rags, and demand that The King remove her from her home, so that she didn't have to deal with her stepfamily's cruelty anymore.
I mean, really. Does anybody REALLY think that Cinderella will be 100% happy all of the time once she's married? I, for one, wonder if she'll ever awaken in the middle of the night with terrible mental images of her stepmother racing through her head, even though Charming's arms are around her.
Even The Fairy Godmother's entire big scene is about a passive-aggressive, sort of pastelled, sugared version of "pulling a Carrie". This scatter-brained woman appears in order to rescue Cinderella, and does she counsel this poor kid, even for a moment? No! She doesn't even ask Cinderella if she's alright. She magically dries all of those tears, and creates a dream come true, with Dominatrix-strict rules attached, no less!
She is all for the concept of revenge (in ref. to Lucifer, she says, "Serves him RIGHT, I'd say!", even though she is a Fairy GODMOTHER, who supposedly stands for goodness.) She proceeds to create a magical scene, and I know that saving Cindy's dress for last is a cool EFFECT, but that torn dress represents all of the abuse that Cinderella has endured; it represents her pain, but The Fairy Godmother chooses to let Cinderella stand around in that dress while she transforms the mice, etc., rather than giving Cinderella a break from that extremely visible heartbreak right away.
I now, I know. If Cinderella had tried to turn The King into a Child Protective Services guy, the movie wouldn't have been "magical". I still have to wonder how many maltreated kids watched that movie, year after year, pitifully wondering why THEY weren't saved from THEIR families that easily. Believe me; that dress-destroying scene can happen in real life, and when it does, there's not likely to be a Fairy Godmother around to create a magical, silvery ballgown from thin air. I guess that "Cinderella" was Walt's own brand of therapy for his own bad childhood.
* "Aladdin": I know that I'm famous for my dislike of Princess Jasmine, but here's the REALLY weird aspect of the entire movie of "Aladdin": THE MOVIE PROMOTES THE PRACTICE OF LYING!!!
That's right! We've got liars all OVER the place, and only ONE of them gets punished! Jasmine lies, pretending to like men whom she despises, and yet, the grand irony is that, for all of her supposed "feminist boldness", she freely excuses the biggest liar of all, choosing him as a husband, and he doesn't even have to prove that he's NOT just a compulsive liar before she chooses him!
I'm talkin' about Aladdin himself. Even Genie has a better moral compass in his noggin than Aladdin has, although, by granting Aladdin's wishes, Genie sort of allows him to lie, and condones the practice, up to a point. Anyway, Aladdin lies, and lies, and lies some more. He's about as big of a liar as Jafar is, because he hypnotizes everybody with his flashy clothing in the same way that Jafar waves that staff in front of the Sultan.
The funny thing about "Aladdin" is that even though BOTH Aladdin and Jafar are total liars, Jafar is punished, while Aladdin is not punished; Aladdin is rewarded for his good deeds, but he never has to prove that he's not normally a compulsive liar. Indeed, Jafar actually serves the purpose of unmasking Aladdin's true identity, so that Princess Jasmine can finally know who she's dealing with.
I wish that Aladdin had to go on a mission, or something (Let's say that Princess Jasmine pretended that there was a gem hidden out in the dunes, and Aladdin had to make the moral decision to be honest with her when he couldn't find it), in order to test his ability to be honest, BEFORE Jasmine chose him as a husband. I realize that such a scene would probably ruin the movie, but still, it might allow Aladdin to redeem himself more successfully. After all, do we know that he's NOT a compulsive liar? Do we know that his lying, that strategy that kept him alive for so long on the streets of Agrabah, will not remain as a sort of obsession while he's serving as a royal?
Thank you in advance for your replies.