The Princess and the Frog
Run Time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker
This film is notable because it stars the first black Disney princess. However, Tiana is a frog for the majority of the film. Further, the film adheres to many stereotypes regarding race, disability, class, and religion.
Tiana, an aspiring restaurant owner, turns into a frog to save Prince Naveen from a curse.
Run Time: 93 minutes
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
The film does an excellent job of challenging popular notions regarding body image, body ideals, and beauty ideals but does very little to engage with gender roles, racial diversity, disability, and sexual orientation.
Things quickly go awry when Princess Fiona’s parents meet her new husband, an ogre.
Run Time: 90 minutes
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Overall, this film mostly adheres to traditional gender roles and reinforces stereotypes regarding race. While it is noteworthy that Disney attempts to portray a non-white non-western culture, the construction of the people of Agrabah as a generic Middle Eastern “Other” culture is problematic as elements of numerous Middle Eastern cultures across time and space are reduced to a singular stereotype.
In this Disney classic, the penniless Aladdin of Agrabah (a fictional depiction of a Middle-Eastern empire) attempts to impress the beautiful Princess Jasmine with the help of a genie.