Best lesson from a Disney movie

This is an underrated movie

This is a grossly underrated movie.

Can I take a minute to rant? Good. Cuz I’m gonna.

I FLOVE this movie. And I HATE all the stupid hatred it gets. For a long time the buzz was “finally a black princess yay!” and now everyone is like “Fuck this movie, first black princess and she spends the whole movie a frog.”

You know what? Fuck that. Because Ariel spent a good majority of the movie not talking. Mulan spent the majority of the move pretending to be a man. Aurora and Snow White? Asleep (Hardly in the movie at all). They’re all just plot devices, not designed to take away from the traits of the women. 

And you know what else? Unlike some of the other princesses, Tiana is in control of her destiny every step of the way. When she turns into the frog does she lose hope and need rescuing? Hell naw. She busts Naveen over the head and gets the job done. She is consistently responsible and capable even after having her dreams crushed and turning into a freaking frog. 

So don’t tell me that Tiana is “less than” just because she gets turned into a frog. She’s still one of the most hardworking, badass, and capable chicks in animated history and I love her like crazy cakes. 

the end. 

wait no one was actually mad at the movie but at the creators for the making of the story being revolved around the fact that it was a black princess who spent most of her time as animal. cause unlike the other princesses they spent their time as a FUCKING HUMAN!!!!!!!

Both commentaries are good. I feel that the creators, knowing how historic and important movie having a black princess, should have made a story where she was human! However, despite that political fuckery that took place, it is still a phenomenal movie

I’ve said this literally every time this photoset has come on my dash and I will keep saying it: I would just like everyone who constantly, uncritically praises this movie because Tiana is so hardworking and bad ass to stop and think for a moment about why it is that Disney chose the film with the first Black princess to break away from the traditional Disney narrative and send the message “you won’t get a fairy godmother, you have to work hard to achieve your dreams”. Why now, with this particular movie, with this particular Princess? 

My problems with this movie go a lot deeper than just ire at the fact that the first Black princess spent most of her movie as an animal, though that is certainly worthy of criticism. (After all, in her human form, she wasn’t allowed to have natural hair either, meanwhile people fall over themselves to praise Pixar for lovingly animating every ginger curl on some white girl’s head.)

Telling girls that they have to work hard to achieve their dreams is a good message. Girls having control over their own destiny is a good message. Girls of all races and ethnicities can benefit from hearing this. But these messages can’t be divorced from the reality of oppressive expectations for Black women and how we specifically experience racialized sexism in a kyriarchal society. They can’t be divorced from the way that Black women are specifically expected to shoulder our own burdens, are not allowed to dream too much or be too carefree. And we are expected to do this by everyone—white folks, Black folks (esp. Black men), everybody of every persuasion. Black women are told from the moment we are born, by our parents and by the world, that we have to work three times as hard to be half as successful, that toil is our lot in life, and not to expect a damn bit of help with any of these burdens. Not only that, we are told we have to shoulder everyone else’s burdens, too. And we can’t have a moment of complaint or vulnerability, we have to be Strong Black Women at all times. Some of us have our dreams literally beaten out of us by parents who fear for us—they crush us before the world can do it, for our own good. Dreams and whimsy are specifically not for us as Black women, we can’t “afford” to have those things, and we certainly can’t afford to dream of being swept off our feet by Prince Charming, not in a world that denigrates and denies our beauty and desirability as women worthy of love and romantic companionship at every turn, hypersexualizing us as animalistic exotic Jezebels and de-sexualizing us as Mammies by turns.

Why is it that the first Black princess is the one who is saddled with a lazy man-child that she has to whip into shape for a prince?

And these are things that are never ever ever told to white girls, not in a million years, because they are placed on pedestals, they are told to expect Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet. The very fact that this movie is specifically set in the real world and grounded firmly in real history as opposed to a fantasy mashup only inspired by various times and places like every white Princess movie was a deliberate choice, make no mistake. It was about denying Black girls a fairytale princess like Cindy or Aurora or Ariel. Dreams and whimsy and fantastic flights of fancy are not for us. Even Tiana’s requisite cute animal sidekick died.

And in the very end, how did Tiana actually achieve her dream? It wasn’t even through all the hard work and toil and struggle that the movie kept harping on as being the way to go for her. It wasn’t even though the closest thing to a fairy godmother the movie gave us, in Mama Odie. In the end, it was through the benevolence of a rich, spoiled white woman who took pity on her.

I’m not saying don’t like the movie. It’s a good movie in a lot of ways—the animation is beautiful, the songs are amazing (esp. Mama Odie’s song), the characters are great, and it’s got way more emotional punch than most Disney movies. Tiana is truly an amazing character and one of my favorite Disney Princesses. I love Naveen, flaws and all, and I felt like their romance was probably the best one out of all of them because it felt the most genuine, even with my problems with it. And just the fact that Black children, particularly Black girls, finally have a princess to call their own and be included means the absolute world to me. All my younger relatives have PatF everything, by design, because I want them to be able to see themselves in the stories they love the way I never could when I was coming up, and my generation of Black girls had to adopt Jasmine because she was The Brown One and we figured she would be the closest thing we would ever get. I’m not saying don’t love Tiana and what she means, or don’t love the movie.

What I’m saying is think about this movie on more than just a “yay Tiana is so badass” type of level, think about what mindset went along with the message (again, a message crafted by a white corporation). What might appear on the surface to be a wholly positive message really isn’t when you look at it on a deeper level, and you place this film in its proper historical context of media messages sent about and to Black women and girls—particularly when juxtaposed against the historical context of media messages sent about and to white women and girls.

You can enjoy and appreciate the movie for what it means, especially to little black girls, while still criticizing it for the undertones of misogynoir lurking under the pretty surface. You can love Tiana while recognizing that she is a product of a society that believes Black women only exist to work hard, carry everyone around them, and then die.

Reblog for that last commentary



Yeah, Kristoff. It works when it’s true love.

But did anyone else notice the Disney princesses’ relationships are getting longer? The older the princess, the shorter she knew the man before they got married, the only exception is Belle. Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel and Jasmine hardly knew their prince before their life long commitment. But Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Ana all got to know their princes first. And they originally disliked their prince. (Excuse my loose use of the word “prince”, I know not all of them were royalty).

this is true for Walt’s three however, Jasmine and Aladdin didn’t get married in their movie. They had two sequels and a tv series before they actually married, so god knows how long that time frame was. And Belle technically was with her Prince a lot longer than anyone as she clearly went through whole seasons, the movie goes through winter. And Ariel was with Eric for 2 and a bit days getting to know him which is similar to the new princess’s.

I just got a notification on fb that my 10 year high school reunion is going to be in the fall this year. 

This is real.

Is this going to be like the movies?? Am I going to be the only one not married with a dozen offspring? I didn’t have an old flame/crush to reunite with. I wasn’t really bullied or anything. High school had no impact on me, and I had no impact on it. I literally didn’t keep in touch with a single person from high school. I looked at the list and vaguely recognized some names but 10 years is a long time. The one thing I can do is at least get in shape. oh man. This is really weird.   



If Mikasa was male, her traumatic past, distant personality, and her devotion to Eren would probably make her the most popular character in the fandom. And pairing her with Eren would be touted as nearly canon. But Mikasa isn’t male and instead she’s treated as Eren’s stalker and I don’t know, that really bothers me.  


I’m a huge fan of Frozen and the fact that it wasn’t all about a girl being saved by a boy, but it’s hardly the first Disney movie to do that… 

  • Brave - Young girl saves her mother.
  • Princess and the Frog - Girl saves boy
  • Tangled - Girl saves boy
  • Beauty and the Beast - Girl saves boy
  • Alice in Wonderland - Girl saves herself
  • Pocahontas - Girl saves boy (boy saves her dad)
  • Atlantis - Girl saves entire city with a protective shield
  • Mulan - Girl saves all of China

Emperor out


I’m laughing so hard at this post cuz its like “It’s just not right to call these two a ‘recolouring of one another’.

because before I scrolled down to see it. I honestly thought it was either an;

  • A. post about how pretty they were or
  • B. talking about how fucking similar they were. 

so its like rotfl, the point ur trying to make is that they aren’t a re-color cuz you didn’t really succeed imo. aside from the hair pictures I wasn’t 100 percent sure who the pictures were of (especially the mouth ones)

Yeah sure they act differently, and their hair is styled differently?? but on the whole their differences in character designs are extremely minor and laughable. Regardless of how much you like/dislike the movie. 

oh man if I hadn’t read your post first I would have thought the same thing! lmao

That it’s highlighting how completely identical they are, minus the hair, and hair is the one things that changes in same face syndrome. and the thing is, 3D modeling and rigging are hard, yeah, and as we learned, Disney has a history of reusing animation and models to save time, which is great, but no one can deny the similarities. 

I was looking at the comments on the Budweiser “Puppy Love” commercial and I should really know better than to look at YT comments by now, but one was: 

Yes, for some strange, unknown reason, people are fond of animals. This poor person didn’t even know that until the internet. And Budweiser must have internet access as well because somehow they uncovered this information and exploited it, those bastards.

People are fond of animals. Wow. 




fuck this

every single goddamn female character has her beauty commented on by random guys

every one of them is apparently BEAUTIFUL~!

off the top of my head I can think of Nami, Robin, Tashigi, Camie, Hancock, Shirahoshi, and now Rebecca. There are doubtless others.

what males do I remember being called handsome?

Duval and white horse guy

and those were jokes

seriously, think. How out of place would it look if there were salivating girls with hearts in their eyes constantly commenting on how attractive all the guys were? And all the guys were scantily clad. constantly. And looked pretty much exactly the fucking same. Imagine Zoro walking around in nothing but a loincloth while every female perved over him. Looks a bit ridiculous, doesn’t it?

yes this is the bane of One Piece. Even though it’s written for a male audience, and this is how men act in real life, it still makes me wince. It’s not that there aren’t tough and awesome ladies in the series, because there are LOTS, but how many times has Nami been kidnapped and/or assaulted? Why has she worn nothing but a bikini top since the timeskip (give or take a couple of scenes or magical jackets, but she’s always back in the bikini as soon as possible)? And when was the last time the Straw Hat ladies got a proper fight, ESPECIALLY ROBIN, who arguably has one of the strongest and coolest powers in the whole series!? It’s really frustrating, and this arc especially provided a lot of fodder for the never-ending discussion of sexism in One Piece. 


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