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Tangled: Before Ever After

Disclaimer: Tangled is my favorite movie. Not just my favorite Disney movie. My favorite movie. So when Disney announced they were making an animated TV show, I was very excited and very skeptical. I couldn’t wait to watch it. So, was it good? The short answer is yes. If you like Disney and cuteness and badass female characters, …

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Moana

Moana is a difficult movie for me to review. The music is amazing. The animation is stunning. I am beyond in love with this film. But, and I hate to say this, at times, I was also kind of bored while watching it. Really, I think my feelings on Moana comes down to one question: are people singing? …

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Family in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch

I just saw Lilo and Stitch for the very first time. I know, I know, I should have seen it before. But it came out during a misguided teenage “too grown up for Disney” phase, and I never got around to watching it. To be honest, I’m not sure whether that’s a good or a bad …

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The Modern Cinderella

2015 seems to be the Year of the Cinderella Retelling, with book and movie versions of the classic tale cropping up everywhere. Disney released two Cinderella adaptations this year — the live action versions starring Lily James, and the new adaptation of Into the Woods starring Anna Kendricks. The first is a rather earnest, traditional retelling of the …

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Cinderella: The Feminism of Kindness

Despite being generally praised by the media, the new live-action Cinderella movie has faced a lot of criticism for being anti-feminist. Cinderella, it’s been said, is too weak, is a terrible role model, is “more of a doormat than an actual doormat.” Her movie is an insipid attempt to sell little girls the idea of princess feminine perfection, …

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A Year of Frozen

It’s officially been a year since Frozen was released into the world, and judging by the Christmas shopping frenzy, the movie is more popular than ever. Some people are probably tired of Frozen fever by now. But the fact that Frozen and Elsa in particular are so popular with young girls is really heartening. People might …

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Aladdin

Aladdin is a strange movie to discuss in the context of Disney Princesses. Unless I’ve forgotten something, it’s the only official Disney Princess movie where the princess isn’t the protagonist. In fact, although she has a couple of scenes without Aladdin, Jasmine’s role in the movie isn’t that significant, and she’s absent for many of the …

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is the ultimate “not like other girls” Disney movie. Make no mistake, the animation and the music are gorgeous, Belle is a great character, and the dynamic between Belle and Gaston gives us some interesting scenes. But although Belle is intelligent and ambitious and wanting adventure, she’s explicitly set up as being different because of …

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Disney’s Maleficent

Maleficent is a movie of failed potential. Despite its undeniably feminist bent and some interesting ideas, the overall result is decidedly “meh.” Not a terrible movie, and certainly worthy of discussion, but not all that it should have been. And the problem, in part, is the very source material that inspired it. Because Maleficent is a …

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