Thursday, December 18, 2014

Disenchanted

We were not financially compensated for this post. We received free tickets to Disenchanted for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

Me - Disenchanted, wow! I am not sure if I am happy about them making fun of  the princesses or not. The acting was good  though. My favorite was Cinderella. She wasn't a mean Cinderella. She was just kind of dumb in a funny way. The singing was great. All of the actresses had nice singing voices. The songs were just okay  though. The costumes reminded me of the costumes in the Disney movies except for the Little Mermaid, Rapunzel and Mulan. Rapunzel was made up to be so ugly. Mulan, to be fair, I have never actually seen. I have only see my sister's Mulan, Barbie doll. I liked the way the character of Sleeping Beauty was always sleeping. My favorite part of the show was when Rapunzel divided the audience for a sing-off and she put almost the whole audience on one side and only one or two people on the other.  The audience at the show was mostly filled with women. That is because princesses usually appeal to women and girls much more than men and boys. The show implies that being a princess does not lead to happily after. However, I would still like to believe that it does.

Mom - Everybody knows that Disney packaging all their princesses together is all about merchandising. In the show Disenchanted the princesses are grouped together for the opposite reason. They are not trying to sell a fairy tale or anything else. They are trying to debunk the fairy tales that have already been told. Of course, it is all in fun, and it is a lot of fun. Where else can you hear among other things Pocahontas lamenting about how many liberties Disney took in bringing her story to life and The Little Mermaid admitting that maybe having legs instead of a tail can have its bad side. Ten princesses are represented in the show none of whom are, of course, mentioned by their Disney names for obvious copyright reasons unless their original names are the same as those used in the Disney version, such as, in the case of Snow White, Cinderella and Belle. All of the names are familiar, however, except for maybe Princess Badroulbadour who it turns out is the princess from Aladdin. I can see why Disney changed her name to Jasmine. More recent princesses, Merida in Brave as well as Anna and Elsa in Frozen, are not represented although there is a reference to Anna and Elsa. I enjoyed everything about this show. However, what I liked best was that it showed that even a fairy tale princess life would probably not be as wonderful and perfect as it might seem like it would be and that can make us all feel a lot better about our own less than perfect lives.

And that's our view. What fairy tale princess myth would you like to see debunked?

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