Laughter is the Best Medicine: Better Titles For Disney Movies

Seeing these new takes on classic Disney movies reminds one that things you loved while in a different time can look much different once you’ve gained perspective and life experience. Once upon a time I (Calulu) loved the book “Wuthering Heights”, thinking how ‘romantic’ it was. After rereading it many years later I could not help but notice that the main character Heathcliff was actually a sociopathic stalker instead of a man with great passion in his heart.

The original artist has done here what my son does to me every time we watch movies, boil it down to essentials. He once called the movie “The Phantom of the Opera” as film about ‘A dude trying to get a hot chick to live in the basement with him’ Makes me laugh.

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  • JeanPing

    Heathcliff…do you mean Wuthering Heights? ‘Cause yeah, that one is all about the horrible psycho stalker dude.

    I am currently reading Richardson’s “Pamela.” Talk about Stockholm Syndrome. He starts off addressing a real social problem of the day, and then turns it into a fairy-tale where Belle would advise Pam to get out quick.

  • Sara Lin Wilde

    Oh God, Pamela. I had to read that for Eighteenth Century Lit. It was painful. The Stockholm Syndrome was nowhere near as bad as the constant fretting about her “virtue”. I get that it was a different time and all, but even so . . .

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Jean, yeah, thats the one I mean! D’oh! having brainfarts today. It is amazing how much abuse there is some of the old classics!

  • Theo Darling

    I once read an analysis of The Little Mermaid suggesting it could be understood as a positive transgender narrative. Ariel had dreamed of making that change for years; the boy toy was just added motivation. And giving up your literal voice is hardly portrayed as a desirable, non-manipulative option.

    I get the criticism of Disney, I really do. I see the negative messages. But these films also contain some really positive messages that I wasn’t getting anywhere else at a young age, and I love them for that.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    I will defend “Beauty and the Beast” to the teeth (I think it IS feminist!) but I totally LOLed at “Hamlet with animals” and “The Princes is Black.” Awesome.

    And I’m with you 100% on Heathcliff. Wuthering Heights always made me feel icky.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Yeah, I think “The Little Mermaid” is really a mixed bag. In the first half of the film, I see it as about feeling odd in your own little world and wanting the larger world. It’s a very poignant adolescent narrative. Then it kind of falls apart a little when it all becomes focused on Eric. (Although he’s def one of the sexier Disney princes. lol) Honestly, my biggest problem with it is Ariel’s father. I didn’t like that she got her legs permanently basically because he granted her her freedom, rather than her earning it through her own heroism. He held all the power in the end. Still, I think there are some positive messages to be gotten from it, especially in the first half.

    And the songs are great.

  • MamaMay

    Ok, I just have to add this because it is hillarious to me! (I have sarcastic/dark humor)

    Behold: advice for young girls ala Belle from beauty and the beast!

  • Hannah

    See I always kind of liked that part, I saw it as she fought her father and won. It was at that point that her father grew up and recognized her as her own person, as an adult, and she made him do that.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Hmmm, that is an interesting way to look at it that I hadn’t thought of. I still don’t like the fact that she essentially had to earn her freedom from her father but that is certainly a more positive spin and it makes sense.

  • Kristen Rosser

    Some of these are funny and appropos (the “Hamlet” one especially). Others seem to me to simply show that the namer has completely missed the point of the movie (“Spay and neuter your pets”). As for Beauty and the Beast– I wrote a whole blog post about how this story (and the Disney movie) are being unfairly vilified:

  • aim2misbehave

    I didn’t see Lion King until I was old enough that, when I saw the scene where Scar scared Simba away, I was like “Whoa, this is just a lion version of Hamlet!”

  • Guest

    Some of these are pretty hiliarous I have to admit. I think the comparrison to Lion King and Hamlet is pretty spot on though. You can definitely see the influences. Interesting stuff.

  • Thomas E.

    Some of these are pretty hilarious I have to admit. The comparison between Hamlet and the Lion King is pretty spot on, though. You can definitely see the parelles between the two stories. Interesting stuff.