I recently went to see Disney on Ice. And as expected, it was magical. But now I have been thinking, why are all these fairy tales always from the princess’ view? Why do we only hear from the Prince when the princess needs some kind of rescuing or when the writer thinks ok, the audience must be quite sick of just the princess, the men also need to relate in some way, queue Prince Charming! Yes, yes in some cases it’s not a prince, like in Aladdin, Tangled (Although in the original Rapunzel it is a prince and not the Smoulder) and the newest craze Frozen. But it seems that it is always a princess, except Mulan, no prince or princess there. THERE IS HOPE!
There are two Disney movies I can think of that is from the Prince’s view: 1 is the heart warming Lion King. But that’s not even a human type thing, and 2 is Aladdin. Seriously, it’s like Disney don’t want men to dream to find the princess, or they want men to think of themselves as poor men with monkeys. At this Disney on Ice thing I noticed the little boys enjoying the princess parts as much as the Toy Story parts. So they obviously learn something. And EVERYONE, young and old, was a child again when that famous Lion King intro started. Lion King Rocks.
Here’s what I want to try, or get people to try. Try taking the princes from all these Disney Golden Oldies and think what the story would be like if it was from his view point. Considering how men think, how men have always thought the story must be quite violent and/or sexual. (Maybe that is why it is out of the princess’ view point). I mean the prince that came across Snow White’s corpse in the glass case surrounded by animals and 7 small men must have thought, well I obviously walked in on some WEIRD shit! 7 guys, 1 girl… no wonder she is pretending to be dead. Or alternatively he would gallop in there on his trusty stallion and kill everyone there because “the damsel was being held captive and them damsels love displays of violence and alpha male syndrome”
Then there is the one where all the Princes devote their lives to compete on international level to prove who is the best in endurance, strength and mental fitness to conquer the deep dark forest and the dead quiet of the sleeping kingdom wherein the most beautiful princess in all the lands have been asleep for over 100 years. I wonder if they had the annual great games where the princes that that year reach a certain age would compete. Something like the hunger games, just on a royalty stage. Do you think the witch’s spell that made the entire kingdom sleep was cast that it also included the grass and trees and plants? And when you sleep for 100 years doesn’t your body do that whole sweating thing and the hair growing thing? Imagine that, all the men looking like Wookies and smelling like the return of the dead. Surely sweat and hair cells don’t sleep. Did these people age in this spell? Cos then Sleeping Beauty ain’t no beauty! Come on, stinky granny more like it! I would be pissed if I spent my life training to be the best of the best in all the surrounding lands because no one has even been able to break the spell and I get to that tower and in the bed is an old stinky granny… I would walk away. I am really hoping the spell froze time in that particular kingdom just for the sake of my own sanity.
I should stop for now because a post that is too long gets boring. I will write some more and post next week… meanwhile. What adaptations would you have for the Disney Princes? What would the story be like if its main character was the prince?