Anyone paying attention can see what an effect Disney has on it's young audiences. Most children are introduced to Disney at a young age, during a vital developmental period in their lives. These children are inexperienced and innocent, and what is taught during this point in their lives stick.
Recently, while obsessively playing Disney songs on repeat, I started to notice that Disney tends to use repetition in the lyrics of different songs to show character and plot development.
One of the biggest things everyone stresses when writing a book is plot (and characters, and settings, and ....). But is the same true for the big screen?
he problem with movies is that it's hard to make your own decisions about it if your boycotting it, and that's how you end up making a mountain of a molehill.
For about a month now, all I've been hearing about is Disney's first "openly gay character" in the movie Beauty and the Beast. Most of the articles were about negative reactions, specifically parents. Many complained that it was implanting thoughts into children's brains, or asking what they would tell their children, etc...
Characters that set out to achieve something and actually achieve that something are a lot more interesting and very inspiring. Also, this is an important trait to show in role models for little kids.
The most popular songs - though not always the best - are what I like the call the princess songs. This isn't just a song that is sung by a princess, its the princess's song. For an example, Cinderella's "This is Love" is sung by Cinderella, but "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is Cinderella's song.
SPOILER ALERT! Recently, I watched the new Disney movie Moana, and I absolutely loved it. The movie has a lot going for it - a strong female character, no yucky love story, and a plot twist that even my I've-been-watching-these-movies-for-fifty-years mom couldn't predict. The soundtrack was amazing, and the actual songs? They were the perfect blend of character development and plot advancement.