Hello, again! There’s a certain argument running around all of the time, and I’m tired of always hearing about it. I don’t believe this argument to be true at all. Disney started all the way in the 1920s (the freaking 1920s, do you know what that time period was like?) and their first movie was in 1937. So, with that said Disney has been around for a long time. I think when people complain about these issues, they’d have a better chance with the other studios like Pixar or DreamWorks. Yet, no one complains about them, but only Disney. I don’t think that’s fair, and I shall explain why.
There are a few rules though:
- No Live-Action Movies or Sequels (Only the Animation Canon)
- I decided to exclude Fantasia/2000 and the Package Films, because those films aren’t as well known, and they don’t really have major characters.
- Only women; There’s a lot of men, so it would be hard to list them. Maybe, one day I’ll do it, but right now I’m going to focus more on the women, especially since when people complain about this issue regarding women.
- No evil villain or minor/minor character. (What I mean by minor is someone like Alice’s sister for example, where she’s only in the movie for a few seconds and doesn’t really play a role.)
- I decided to not do children or older women. (Again, because people mainly talk about the teenage-young adult women)
- No animals, half-animals, or the mythical creatures (strictly human with the exception of Ariel and Tiana of course)
I think that covers the main things.
Disney has 55, soon to be 56 later this year, movies in the “Classic Animated Films.” They are Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Sword in the Stone, Jungle Book, Aristocats, Robin Hood, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Rescuers, Fox and the Hound, Black Cauldron, Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company, Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur, Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and soon to be Moana.
After, listing the movies, once you exclude Fantasia/2000 and the Package Films, you’re left with 47 movies, and if you include Moana 48 films. Animal films make up with 20 movies. I excluded Tarzan from that list because of Jane. That leaves us with 28 films. The movies that are children basically make up are 7 of the films. That leaves us with 21 films so far. Then you exclude Treasure Planet, because the only female I can remember is Captain Amelia, and she was an anthromorphic cat. So, the final total of movies we are left with is 27.
These are the movies left: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Lilo and Stitch, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. And, if you want to include Moana, it would be 28 films left.
Also, I want to clarify that all of the princess are different nationalities. So, just because one of them is white, it doesn’t mean that they’re just white. For example, an Italian person isn’t going to be the same as a Russian person. That’s like saying a Chinese person is the same as a Japanese person or someone from Venezuela is the same as someone from Cuba. It’s not, either culture has many differences. So, grouping a culture together, because they share the same skin color isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do. But, just to make this easier, I’ll put the ones that are from Europe in the white category and the ones that are from the other continents in the POC category. Also, since most character’s nationalities aren’t confirmed besides a few, these are just my estimations. And, also honestly I don’t understand what the difference between British and English is, so some might be English, but I shall refer to the one’s from the UK (since none of the characters are from Ireland, Scotland, or Wales) as British.
|Snow White: German||Jasmine: Iraqi (confirmed by Directors)|
|Cinderella: French||Pocahontas: Native-American|
|Aurora: British||Nakoma: Native-American|
|Anita: British||Esmeralda: French Gypsy|
|Ariel: Danish||Calliope (Muses): Greek/ (I’m not sure what ethnicity the Muses are besides Greek, but I think they are mixed with African. Most of the live-action models for the muses were also African-American.|
|Belle: French||Clio (Muses): Greek/African?|
|Megara (Meg): Greek||Thalia (Muses): Greek/African?|
|Jane: British||Terpsichore (Muses): Greek/African?|
|Charlotte: American (White)||Melpomene (Muses): Greek/African?|
|Rapunzel: German/Polish||Mulan: Chinese|
|Anna: Norwegian||Chicha: Peruvian|
|Elsa: Norwegian||Kida: Atlantian|
|Audrey: Latin (Doesn’t specify)|
|Latin (Disney confirms)|
|Go Go Tomago: Asian, possibly Korean|
So, as you can see Disney is pretty diverse. The “white” characters and the “POC” characters are equal. And, once Moana comes out, there will be more “POC” main female protagonists than white main female protagonists. (Also, I want to clarify just in case I didn’t make it clear, I don’t mind if Disney makes more diverse characters. Their diverse characters are usually my favorite characters. I just don’t like it when people demand Disney should make more diverse characters or say that Disney doesn’t make diverse characters. I think people should let Disney do its own thing.)
So, I wish people would stop using that argument that Disney isn’t diverse enough; because, as I have clearly shown in the chart, Disney is pretty diverse. Then people try to say that Disney doesn’t have strong female leads, but all of these characters are strong in their own way. Someone doesn’t have to be like Mulan, and be a warrior to be strong. If, you look at Snow White, for example it is she who actually saves herself. People liked her, not because of her beauty on the outside, but her beauty on the inside. She’s extremely kind and caring, and that is why the forest animals and dwarfs helped her. The same for the other characters. All of these characters are great in their own way and should be appreciated. Let Disney do what it does best and make great movies!
Thank you for reading! (As always, I don’t own the pictures. I did create the Disney heroines collage though.) I hope you enjoy. I was just tired of always hearing about this argument. As always, state your thoughts, but please be respectful. Have a great day! 🙂