My list (in no particular order):
- Snow White - prepubescent girl carries no action in the story, things happen to her not because of her, waiting for her prince to come
- Sleeping Beauty - barely legal girl (story happens on her 16th birthday) carries no action in the story, things happen to her not because of her, waiting for her prince to come
- Cinderella - girl carries no action in the story, things happen to her not because of her, has to wait for her prince to come
- The Little Mermaid - here at least she willingly goes along with the evil witch to move the story along, but only because she's waiting for her prince
- Beauty and the Beast - FINALLY a woman who reads and who's NOT waiting for her prince, carries more of the action, now we're getting somewhere!
- WALL-E - warning: stalker alert! sure he's a robot, and cute, but still
- Mulan - a woman trying to protect her father, she really moves the plot, have you noticed this is the only one with a mother?
It's only through the prism of impending womanhood for my daughter that I've been able to look at the films with more of a, gasp, don't say it!, feminist eye. (Throwing out the F-word is almost like slapping a hammer and sickle on my back. But that's another blog.)
That's when I remember another Disney princess movie that's an amalgamation of several of the different story lines.
- Enchanted - begins as an animated movie, turns into live action, the girl who's waiting for her prince discovers what it's like to be a thinking, breathing, strong woman, she ditches the prince for a commoner and starts her own business. (My only beef is that they wasted the voice talents of Idina Menzel, although Amy Adams does a good job. But that's another blog.)