Thursday, March 20, 2008

Kiss Series: Kiss The Girl

The Little Mermaid, the movie that began Disney's rebirth as the masters of animated film (which climaxed with The Lion King and promptly began to collapse thereafter) is the oft declared favorite of people my age. Feminists such as myself can struggle with whether or not Ariel was a liberated character, or if she traded one patriarchal situation for another, but it is difficult to argue with the fact that "Kiss the Girl" is an amazing song.

What girl hasn't sat in front of a guy, the tension mounting, screaming inside of herself, "Just kiss me damn it!!" Who hasn't sat in front of someone he or she was attracted to, weighing the pros and cons of succumbing to the urge to lock lips?

2 comments:

Greg said...

FYI, this is Jon. There's a not-so-interesting story why it says Greg. Anyway...

If it was your intention to suggest that the culmination of Disney's new wave animated feature-length film popularity was with the Lion King, I would concede easily and without a second thought.

However, if we you were to suggest that it was the culmination of Disney's new wave animated feature-length film quality, I would contest greatly. Aladdin will not stand the test of time, and 'Hunchback' and 'Mulan' are far greater then previously given credit for and are only hampered by their appeal to either the male or female sex, respectively.

I have spoken.

Mk said...

I was referring to the financial and critical success. Disney, I believe is much more concerned with the financial.

I would agree that Mulan is definitely underrated. (I can't give a fair analysis of Hunchback.) But I do believe, based on the texts I have on Disney, that even if Aladdin does not live long in the memories of watchers, it still plays a more important role in Disney's history than Hunchback or Mulan in regards to its ability to be deconstructed in terms of the greater social and historical context in which it was made.