Unpopular Opinion - Disney ISN'T That Great

The obsession with Disney has gone too far

Unpopular Opinion - Disney ISN'T That Great

Okay, so, I know I'm going to be hated for this one, but Disney really isn't that great. I know we are raised on their movies, but the messages are all wrong. Find a prince, fall in love, have children and your life will be complete.

I'm sorry, but no.

Modern views are changing, and we don't force children into these ideologies so much anymore, but it's still annoying to have to watch. And what is with the songs? Randomly bursting into song at any given time is not a thing. People don't instantly know a dance routine if they're just shopping in the town or in the courtyard of a palace. Stop being so ridiculous! You're gonna tell me it's a form of escape, aren’t you?. Yeah? So is reading a book. And there are no annoying song numbers in there. You can imagine the story how you want to, not through the rose coloured lenses that Disney movies seem to have. Also, illiteracy is a growing concern because of screen usage in children, etc. Teach your children to fall in love with books, not unrealistic women in dresses.

Also, can we talk about their remakes for a second? WHY on earth are they constantly making remakes of their own films and turning them into live action? It doesn’t need to be done. They’re all adaptations anyway. The real stories are dark and twisted and often quite horrific, *coughs* the ugly sisters cutting their toes off *coughs*.

I am a writer by trade. I write for film and TV and I have a degree in it. Throughout the university course, ‘story’ was hammered into us. Why someone does something. How something happens. Conflicts, both internal and external. And the biggest no no, was plot holes. Disney films are riddled with plot holes. Take Frozen, Elsa’s powers are left undefined. Mulan didn’t actually have to join the army. Pocahontas speaks English? Ariel is rewarded for her mistakes. Just to name a few. I’m not really sure how these plot holes managed to pass through so many edits of the screenplays, but I guess when you have a big name like Disney attached to a script, no one is going to argue with you.

As well as my opinion, Meryl Streep made a speech against Disney. And honestly, Meryl is more a queen than any of those imposters on Disney movies. She commented on the darker side of Walt Disney. She described:

“Disney, who brought joy, arguably, to billions of people, was perhaps … or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot.”

Is that really someone we want to be supporting?

People always ask me 'what's your favourite Disney movie?' and they always look so disgusted when I say that I don't like them. Why is that such a hard concept to grasp? Some woman said I was abnormal because of it. Abnormal? Bit dramatic! It's all down to opinion, I understand that. But I can't get behind films that give girls unrealistic goals. I cannot support a company that was built by a man who was sexists and racist and all the other things that are wrong with this world.

Side note: Disney bought out a lot of rights. So that means that Disney’s biggest queen is Dr Frank-n-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And if that doesn’t raise any problems for you, then I really don’t know what to say.

fact or fiction
Catherine Abbington
Catherine Abbington
Read next: Best Customizable Games
Catherine Abbington

Writer by trade and by passion

See all posts by Catherine Abbington