The Magical World of Disney: Not as magical as it used to be.

(SOURCE: Alexandra Kronz-The Jibsheet.)
(SOURCE: Alexandra Kronz-The Jibsheet.)

I have to admit that I’m one of those girls who still enjoy some Disney movies, and by “some” I’m referring to the old, classic Disney movies.  Yes, I was one of those girls who wanted to learn how to swim just so that I could be like The Little Mermaid, but let me get to the point and admit my heart breaks in two whenever I see commercials featuring new Disney movies.

I know I shouldn’t even be watching Disney movies anymore, especially when my expectations are so high for what I get in return. But remember when Disney movies were for everyone? When age didn’t matter because the message was still the same for all viewers?  Yeah, well I am truly sorry for saying this but the Magical World of Disney is not as magical anymore.

Classic Disney movies, especially princess movies, are supposed to teach young children how to fight for their dreams.  To battle through any hard experiences, and find the happiness that would eventually lead them to living “happily ever after.”

However, some of the new Disney movies make me wonder what is becoming of our society. Disney’s more recent movie, “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” for instance, makes me doubt Disney’s original intention of teaching children and adults to fight for their dreams.

 All I can see when watching the commercial featuring “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” is a spoiled brat who does not know how to be independent, and who does not what being humble means like any original Disney princess would know.

Although Sharpay wasn’t born in royalty like Jasmine, Aurora or Snow White, it sure seems like she did. Sharpay has been ridiculously spoiled by her parents ever since she could breathe, and instead of teaching her to appreciate the things she has, Sharpay was led to believe she is the queen of the world; making little girls think life is always easy and fabulous.

According to Parent Previews, Family Movie Reviews, Movie Ratings & More!, Sharpay’s fabulous adventure begins with her moving to the Big Apple where she hopes to pursue a career in acting, but much to her dismay her director wants her dog to audition for a movie role not her. If this is seriously Sharpay’s struggle to “living happily ever after,” Disney has lost its magical sense for sure.

Take Cinderella for instance, she has to live with two crazy step sisters and tolerate her unjust step mother, while they feast over a fortune that is not their own. Cinderella must then learn to live through these challenges, find happiness by making the most unexpected friends, and by having faith everything will get better one day.

The only challenge Sharpay lives through is the disappointment of not auditioning for a spot she wants, which is of course a devastating turn down for a girl who has had it all. Some would say that Sharpay is only trying to pursue her dream as an actress, which is a valid point, but again the girl is a spoiled brat.

With these kind of movies, Disney is only making little girls feel like life is so easy, giving them a wrong interpretation of life. In addition, girls who are less fortunate and not have the same luxuries a girl like Sharpay would have are only left daydreaming of something the might never have.

If Disney is going to be making girls believe life is always fabulous, it should at least inspire less fortunate girls to follow their dreams, not just promoting a perfect life that not every girl can have.

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My name is Ana Palma-Gutierrez, and I am from Mexico City. I first moved to the U.S. when I was seven years old, and the transition into my new life was a very challenging experience for me. I had to learn English in order for me to survive in my new home, and in addition, I had to leave all my friends and family behind in order for me to find a better life. Almost thirteen years have passed by since I first moved to the U.S. and I am very proud of being a Staff Writer and Copy Editor for The Jibsheet. Currently, I am the only Mexican/Hispanic Staff Writer and Copy Editor on staff, and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment. I want to thank my Editor in Chief (Riley Hartwell,) as well as the rest of my editors for giving me the opportunity of writing and editing for The Jibsheet. I look forward to completing my Arts and Science Degree here at Bellevue College, and transferring onto a four-year college, where I hope to Major in Political Science and Minor in Journalism.