Snow White the first Disney princess.
I love fairy tales and as an illustrator educator I was pressed by friends to join Tumblr allowing me to keep up with contemporary culture and illustrators. Which is a wonderful thought, however the first thing I did was to search fairy tales. A year has past and I now watch numerous bloggers with the same passion for picture books, fairy tales, and myths that I do.
One subject matter that is unavoidable is princesses and no more so then a Disney princess. The very first being Snow White, her concept and creation in 1937 had one goal in mind, to prove that an animated full-length feature was possible with both moving images and sound. The film industry at the time believed no one would be engage in a full-length feature.
Snow white was a chance and it succeeded. Yes she reflected her time; yes she was young, petite, with a bob and a bow. I am not disputing that fact however she is strong. I commend the character for when her nightmares materialized not only did she screamed her head off (who won’t) but she self-soothed as she sang herself a song.
I voice my opinions today because the following post popped up on my tumblr. I know from my own experience that our culture it a self-reflective one, we are critical thinkers who actively take a role in what is produced within our culture (in all forms.)
I wanted to share this post because I enjoyed reading it. I am not going to fain ignorance on either perspective, however I find strength in Snow White’s action and recognize her challenges. Just as I find strength in a contemporary princess like Merida’s action as well as selfishness. My own opinion is neither for the apparent definition of a princess as think pink or those with the mind set to sink the pink. I find both perspectives have a limited definition of who a princess is. I believe when we speak of a princess, real or imagined we should not only define her as how we perceive a princess or what we believe our society, as a whole perceives a princess is. When I see this exchange of views I see the isolated definition of princess from both speakers. No matter if she is wearing rugged trousers or an evening dress. When I define a princess I don’t think on what ornaments she has or what ornaments she lacks and whether either are a conscious decision but what she represents. I define a princess in spite of her dress, her disposition, or her story line. I define her by her action ,her character.
Why is this important? Because storytelling is important and princess are part of our cultural narrative.
Snow white is my favorite princess. She befriends good people, she takes care of those around her sometimes at the cost of her own heath, she is kindness personify.
Snow white is an accomplished and capable princess and soon to be queen.
Check out this great post: http://lipsredasroses.tumblr.com/post/50152787684/snow-white-from-snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs-is