Comparing Disney 's Versions Of Princess Centric Tales And Their Popular Counterparts
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Disney has been a household name since the late 1930s, which marked the cinematic release of the film, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ (History Channel, 2014). With the 2013 release of Frozen, the Disney Princess range has become the most profitable Disney franchise, grossing over $5 billion worldwide (Sheridan, 2014). This report aims to identify the similarities and differences between Disney 's versions of princess-centric tales and their popular counterparts through critical analysis and comparison of their content, tone and style.
Approximately one century before Walt Disney began his animation career, the Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) started their popular legacy through re-writing old folk tales, which they thought would cater for everyone’s tastes, although they expected their readers to be mainly adults (Flood, 2014). They soon identified that their readers were mainly children, so they decided to tailor the folk tales for the younger readers and change them to be much less dark in nature. Comparatively, the Walt Disney Company began by specifically tailoring their content to appeal to young children, and produced movies that were happier and more appropriate for the target audience, with less violence and generally happy endings (Gaylord, 2012).
Supposedly, the two Grimm brothers were accidental entertainers, but when they saw how young readers loved reading they wrote even more. Disney were always out to be entertainers. << (Perhaps irrelevant to