Reminds me of It’s a Wonderful Life… not so wonderful after all, as the stingy old man got away with the stolen loot. Why is that film so popular? Jimmy Stewart just seems shaky, irritating, and disheveled throughout the film, and are angels really blotchy, pudgy old white guys? Why do they play that film so much around Christmas time? That, and Charlie Brown. And doesn’t he know by now that Lucy is a LIAR and she’s going to move the football away before he can kick it? It’s not funny; it’s a cruel manipulation, an exercise in distrust.
All right, so back to Cinderella. She’s become the queen of the land, and her evil family is still there in the old house, presumably still evil and plotting terrible things, and if I was Cinderella, I’d be cautious that they’d be up to plotting some sort of horrible revenge…
Oh, and those nasty elephants in Dumbo… what’s the deal with that? Dumbo arrives, and they just make fun of his big ears, then when his mom goes nutty, they all shun him. Today, the theme of Disney films is simply the repeated theme of “men are all stupid, conniving, and/or manipulative,” but back then the message was, “the hero gets treated like garbage, survives, yet the abusers aren’t vindicated.” Then again, in that one scene when they make the elephant pyramid, let’s be honest, if they all fell when Dumbo goofed up, more than likely they’d all be dead, and that scene would have been nasty (and a big mess to clean up for the circus crew) but it would have been more fitting, since they treated him so poorly in the first place. Then Dumbo would have been the hero by default.
Or maybe it’s just Disney films in general that, although they tend to be well animated, suffer from awful writing. Well, good thing the Star Wars franchise is in the capable Disney hands now. In episode 7, maybe the older Luke Skywalker gets picked on by his abusive step-padawan learners and doesn’t get to go to the Jedi ball, or maybe he’s mocked about his ear size by a big group of Jabbas or something…
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