Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ariel: Hot or Not? Or Initial Thoughts on the Masculine Mystique

Does that clam bra do it for you? Or are you more into blondes in subservient positions?

As you may have seen advertised around town, Disney is “opening the vault” and releasing The Little Mermaid on DVD.

I have talked to several guys that are really into Ariel (I assume when she has, um, legs). I personally have always been more of a Belle fan from Beauty and the Beast. I’m sad to see (what appears to be) the end of animated movies (Did you know it’s been 10 years since Toy Story was released), and I am glad that I grew up when these animated movies were in their prime.

I’m a little pressed for time today, but these Little Mermaid posters up all over have been reminding me of how huge the Disney Princess Collection has become with thousands of little girls all over the country. Interestingly, Cinderella is by far the most popular of the Princesses, and as you can imagine, it’s not so much the scullery maid costume that is a top seller with these little girls.

I remember reading an essay in college about the types of stories we tell children (and girls in particular) as they are growing up and how most of the stories little girls read deal with being rescued by men and rewarded for beauty.

I’ve even heard (or read blogs) where men play into that “princess” fantasy and women believe that because of their looks or sweet coo or whatever, they deserve to have a man spoil them and put his own desires on hold for her or perhaps, his desires can be fulfilled by just making her happy. Sort of a reverse of the Feminine Mystique, I guess…will give it more thought soon.

Enough of this, so which Disney character was your fav and why?


Blogger Kathryn Is So Over said...

Totally Sleeping Beauty. And if that isn't an effed up prince fantasy, I don't know what is.

9:52 AM  
Blogger V said...

K: That is a good one...and what's wrong with a man falling in love with a comatose woman anyway?

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Sweet said...

I'd probably go with Snow White. I like her innocence.

11:06 AM  
Blogger KassyK said...

Physically my fave was Cinderella bc she was pale and blonde and blue eyed like me. I loved Belle but her and Ariel have those huge eyes and I don't so I automatically could not relate to them as a child.

In terms of the stories--I was always an independent child who made up her own stories and I couldn't imagine these stupid ass pretty girls choosing the prince all the time when half the time I thought they should just run away (ahem--early predictor of my own behavior anyone?)

I wondered--didn't they want to travel the world? I was a precocious kid I guess.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Ar-Jew-Tino said...

I think you nailed it perfectly for men with this statement: "his desires can be fulfilled by just making her happy." Much like some women want to be treated like a princess, many men, including myself, developed a "knight in shining armor" fantasy. That said, my favorite Disney movie growing up was The Fox and the Hound.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Hammer said...

Donald Duck, because he:

1) Usually self-destructed or imploded in an effort to do the right thing.
2) Swore openly.
3) Wasn't afraid to resort to fisticuffs if the situation required it. (Or even if it didn't.)

1:25 PM  
Anonymous slingblade said...

Tinker Bell still geeves me uh woody and plus she's bout tall as a french fry pertater. That leetle butch haircut puts queer ideers in muh haid tew.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Micky Mouse, because he's the HNIC. He just stands there with that stupid smile on his face, and da' bitches come runnin'....well, the little kids do anyway. OK, I change my vote to Donald Duck because he could get away with walking around without pants on. I mean he just didn't give a fuck. A real man's man.

2:19 PM  
Blogger ejtakeslife said...

He's not Disney, but Dmititri from Anastasia both HOT and voiced by John Cusack. What's not to love?

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Sally said...

The best part of Little Mermaid is when Ariel sings that special song so that Ursula can capture her voice. Ahhh ahhh ahh, AHHH AHHH AHH... I like singing it when something particularly enlightening happens.

That said, I skipped the Disney era and went right to Baby-Sitters Club, so I have nothing to offer except that Stacey McGill rulez.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The View from Dupont said...

My favorite was absolutely Cinderella - I grew up in a bit on the less-posh side of rural life (is there a such thing as a 'posh' side? all right, fine, we were broke most of the time) and I remember my mom always putting me to sleep by telling me the story of Cinderella - the handsome Prince who saves the day and makes her dreams come true.

I have to agree with EJ too though - Dmitri (especially with the voice of John Cusak) get's my vote for best guy cartoon.

3:59 PM  
Blogger WiB said...

As much as guys might have been 'into' Ariel, I don't think any character has caused the kind of toon-lust that Jessica Rabbit did. Having Kathleen Turner's voice certainly didn't hurt, either...

I always liked Eeyore, but then I found out he was clinically depressed. Poor guy, but then I guess if I had my tail nailed to my butt I'd probably have a gloomy outlook, too.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Bad at Life said...

I'm not sure that animated movies are totally dead. I kind of enjoyed the Incredibles.

...and if we're talking favorite Disney character to crush on, I'd totally have to go with Jasmine from Aladdin. She was sassy and exotic!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Anna Banana said...

i was a cinderella fan b/c of the coach and horses, and i wanted a fairy god mother to get rid of my sister (i couldn't care less abt the prince). but, my fav is mulan, the warrior girl. she wields a long sharp sword, rescues her father and leads an army to victory. and if i'm remembering correctly gets the prince at the end. girlz rule.

6:57 PM  
Blogger VP of Dior said...

i always liked ariel. she had those huge saucer eyes and flowing hair and was just so cute. there was actually a study done to determine "cuteness" and why people are attracted to cute things, people, animals, etc.

but let's not forget the hottest male Disney character - Gaston. i guess in real life, as well as cartoon life, i like jerks ;)

7:28 PM  
Blogger V said...

Oh wow, I have really enjoyed these comments.

I would say that I also thought that Dmititri was quite sexy (for a cartoon) and was anyone else grossed out by what the beast turned into...that weird nostriled blonde Gaston-type.

Mulan is also a great character--and the movie is actually about her and her dad, not just her relationship with the guy.

And, furthermore, has anyone else watched Snow White lately? It's absurd. She basically says "I will clean the house for you la la la" in this minnie mouse voice and then the prince falls in love with her for no good reason aside from her charming servant look.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

Dumbo hands down. Pink elephants on parade :D

7:25 AM  
Blogger PalacePool said...

Ariel is the best choice for obvious reasons- she fills out the clamshells well, and cannot talk. If only more women were like this.

That being said, Jasmine is gorgeous, beautiful hair and the requisite rack (i like the exotic chicks). However, most Indian women are domineering, high maintenance and epitomize princess behavior.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Maime said...

you would be a belle girl. i myself am ariel all the way. did you know that there is little mermaid porn out there?

9:14 AM  
Blogger Leaf said...

Have to go with Jasmine since Aladdin was the best animated movie of all time. Thats of course if we are sticking with animated girls because Nala was pretty damn good too. At least she was voiced by Lucas' mom.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Janet M. Kincaid said...

Let's not forget Pocahontas. I love her singing to--in the irony of ironies--Mel Gibson as John Smith:

You think I'm an ignorant savage...
You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name...

She didn't need Smith to come along and rescue her and she honored the land--a lesson our ancestors totally missed and many of us today continue to miss. I guess I liked her most because she was her own person and didn't believe she was limited to just the kitchen and bedroom. She's sort of like the new Bond "girls"/women--strong, capable, and fully able to get the job done with or without the strong, virile man.

10:16 AM  
Blogger V said...

Pocahontas was a character really after my own Indian heart (I'm part Cherokee). I loved the songs as they were written to reflect a lot of Native American philosophy about how to treat others and nature.

11:14 AM  
Blogger DCVita said...

I liked Belle from Beauty and the Beast also. She was intelligent and firey and had her own spirit. Although I also really liked Snow White, only becuase that was my first princess movie.

I actually started collecting them all on DVD because I want those classics around one day for my kids.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Asian Mistress said...

I like Ariel...I also like Jasmine and Mulan. Hell, I like them all. I wrote something similar in regards to the princess question...I think it's certainly something to look at more in depth as a society.

"But I've also decided we (girls) can blame it on Disney. We all grew up watching Cinderella beat the odds of an evil stepmother and get the prince - and even get to keep some kick ass glass slippers. We watched Ariel gain legs and walk on the earth, and even though she couldn't speak (how ironic), the Prince fell in love with her anyway (submissive women much?). We watched Sleeping Beauty wake up from an evil spell with a simple kiss. Belle tamed the beast. Jasmine got a damn magic carpet ride and all the wishes in the world. Even the Lady got her Tramp!

What I want to know is:

Where the fuck is my fairy Godmother? And why hasn't Prince Charming found me yet? Helloooo I'm WAITING!!!!"

4:24 PM  
Blogger Dennis! said...

Eric was hot, if a little daft. Hm, same thing can be said of Aladdin.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Needtsza said...

Never seen Little Mermaid, so I'll have to give my thoughts another time.

You believe that shiot? I get to finally see it after 10 years

11:15 PM  
Blogger cocoricamo said...

cheshire cat. all the way. ok, so it's not a *human* character, but it's still my favorite.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Irish Red said...

Of COURSE Ariel was hot - she's a redhead!

JK - but prince Eric, definitely the hottest of the Disney boys

3:22 PM  
Blogger the Yearning Heart said...

My favorite romantic Disney cartoon lead was Robin Hood, because even though he was a fox, he was a fox.

I also like Mowgli because I liked his laugh. I was kind of upset when I found out that the kid who did his voice also did Christopher Robin, and I hated Christopher Robin's voice. Maybe it was the fake accent, when no one else in the movie had a fake accent.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Beast looked much hotter than the-man-the-beast-turned-into-at-the-end (The Prince, I think?)

I like how in the beginning Beauty & Beast didn't even like each other..

1:21 AM  

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