Films – Music Of The South (& 9 Different Films Disney Desires You To Neglect)
Disney is without doubt one of the hottest and highly effective multimedia corporations on the earth, and its popularity solely grows with the enduring public consumption of its motion pictures, tv reveals, and theme parks. The Home of Mouse has been answerable for shaping components of the worldwide pop cultural zeitgeist ever since its inception in 1923, however for all of its positivity it has additionally been answerable for reinforcing some disturbing stereotypes and social tendencies.
In 1946, Disney debuted Music of the South, a hybrid of live-action and animation that launched audiences to the tune “Zippidy Do Da”… and in addition portrayed plantations and slavery as completely happy ideas. However racist and classist releases have not been the one trigger for Disney’s fabled historical past to be tarnished – it is also launched some horrible motion pictures that do not dwell as much as the usual anticipated by its viewing public. Fast cash grabs, problematic stereotypes, and straight-to-video – these are the films Disney desires you to overlook.
10 Music of the South (1946)
Launched theatrically in 1946 however by no means out there for residence viewing, Music of the South is without doubt one of the most offensive motion pictures Disney has ever made. Critics that have been allowed to see it on the time of its debut have stated it portrayed plantation life as mockingly bucolic, and was a racist affront to the Black neighborhood.
The film itself is predicated on the character Brer Rabbit from the Uncle Remus tales, and follows a younger boy who, after being separated from his dad and mom, goes to dwell within the deep American South. Uncle Remus provides him recommendation by way of anecdotes of Brer Rabbit, and every thing about America’s historical past with slavery is changed into a pastiche of tune and dance.
9 Pocahontas II (1998)
After the recognition of Pocahontas, Disney determined to make a direct-to-video sequel, Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World. Followers anticipating to see Pocahontas reunited with John Smith have been sorely upset when he turned out to be a minor character (although this was extra traditionally correct), and located Pocahontas leaving her tribe behind to be an envoy in England.
Because the visitor of nobleman John Rolfe, she experiences every thing England has to supply, however relives the identical horrors of assimilation she fought in opposition to within the earlier film. This time she accepts being reworked right into a “girl”, full with whitened pores and skin and numerous layers of clothes. Neither Pocahontas nor the followers gained with this film, because the message of the primary movie is totally dismantled.
8 Dumbo (1941)
Dumbo has lately been made right into a live-action film, devoid of the racism discovered within the characters of its 1941 predecessor. Whereas each motion pictures’ predominant focus is on Dumbo the elephant with the over-sized ears, the unique includes a questionable scene with a bunch of crows.
The crows in query seem in a scene making small discuss with Dumbo, and are usually thought to be lazy simpletons who spend all their day sitting round smoking cigars, reinforcing the way in which racist Individuals seen Black folks on the time the film was made. To make issues worse, the chief of the homicide was referred to as Jim Crow, after the segregation legal guidelines of the Deep South.
7 Peter Pan (1953)
At this level, Peter Pan has had a number of live-action variations, every making an attempt to mollify one thing that Disney bungled in its 1953 animated model; the depiction of the Native Individuals in Neverland. The Home of Mouse shamelessly stereotyped them to the purpose of ridicule, and showcased huge cultural appropriation by the Misplaced Boys.
The complete campfire scene involving Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Misplaced Boys is extraordinarily racist, not solely with the disrespectful tune, “What Makes The Purple Man Purple”, however the depiction of Native Individuals as both bloodthirsty kidnappers, simpletons, or sexist marauders. One other live-action model of Peter Pan, produced by Disney, will go away this embarrassing chapter out.
6 Fantasia (1940)
Identified for its fantastic classical music and arresting corresponding imagery, Fantasia was a very progressive film when it was launched in 1940. Whereas most of it is not problematic, one vignette involving the centaurs is taken into account wildly inappropriate, racist, and sexist.
The feminine centaurs are all shy, demure, and delicate, whereas the male centaurs are aggressive, daring, and demanding. The male centaurs bully the feminine centaurs into pairing off in response to the colour of their pores and skin, and in a single salient scene, a slave woman depicted as a pickaninny caricature with a donkey physique could be seen attending to the white centaur girls, adopted by a number of zebra centaur servants of shade.
5 Snow Canines (2003)
Whereas Disney has made some superb live-action youngsters’s motion pictures, Snow Canines is not one among them. It wastes the skills of a post-Jerry Maguire Cuba Gooding Jr. (who had not a few years earlier than gained the Academy Award for Finest Supporting Actor) as a Miami dentist who travels to Alaska to gather his inheritance; a mottled crew of sled canines.
Other than having a poor script and a contrived plot filled with senseless slapstick, Snow Canines has to awkwardly confront the gruff approach Ted is obtained by his white organic father (performed by James Coburn). Ted’s “Caucasian background” is seemingly why he loves Michael Bolton.
4 Mulan II (2004)
Mulan stays one among Disney’s hottest animated motion pictures, which has solely elevated with the latest launch of the live-action model that overlooked a number of of the songs and characters that followers have come to like. It was adopted with a direct-to-video sequel that didn’t seize the magic of its predecessor.
Whereas it was good for followers to see Mulan and Shang get married, Mulan misplaced almost all of her company, and have become a bystander in her personal story, which inexplicably concerned Mushu making an attempt to interrupt up the pair as a result of he thought he could be out of a place within the household in the event that they obtained married.
3 Mr. Magoo (1997)
Disney has made a number of forgettable slapstick live-action motion pictures primarily based on traditional cartoons, corresponding to Inspector Gadget and Mr. Magoo. The latter starred Leslie Nielson because the titular retired blind detective who refused to put on glasses and by some means solved circumstances regardless of his bungling strategy.
The film needed to seem with a disclaimer after a lot backlash rolled in from the blind and visually impaired neighborhood, proving that it did not deal with the absence of sight with any tact in any way.
2 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)
Whereas The Hunchback of Notre Dame wasn’t a large hit when it premiered, it is since grow to be a cult traditional due to its mature themes and cinematic cinematography, two issues that made it appear probably the most like an animated film, albeit totally different from the kind Disney often launched.
It was adopted up in 2002 by a sequel that featured a younger girl who fell in love with Quasimodo, and have become an infinitely extra attention-grabbing protagonist than he did. The film options virtually all the authentic solid, however it fails to ship something new on the profound message of tolerance and acceptance.
1 Previous Canines (2009)
Even respectable actors like Robin Williams and John Travolta could not save Previous Canines, a film about two enterprise companions -and bachelors- who find yourself needing to juggle touchdown a significant cope with Japanese traders and elevating the 2 twins boys that land of their laps.
Not solely is the film ageist and immature, it options poorly conceived gags, corresponding to Matt Dillon’s camp counselor considering that -horror of horrors- the boys’ guardians are a homosexual couple.
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