A recurring theme for Disney princess films involves a beautiful woman being awakened by an unapproved kiss on the lips though better than the rape found in the original Sleeping Beauty). In both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, however, the women tend not to take the harassment too badly; in fact both characters marry them after their rude awakenings.
Disney heroes and villains are almost always high in the social hierarchy when compared to others. The plot structure of “Cinderella” revolves around a woman who manages to escape her terrible living conditions simply by marrying a wealthy man. Her success is down to her attractiveness in comparison to her hideous stepsisters. This sense of entitlement amongst central characters is consistent in almost every Disney film. So-called “Prince Charming” characters are so valued for their wealth and power that they can get away with basically anything. Imagine a reversal of the roles: replace Prince Phillip from “Sleeping Beauty” with Philoctetes, a minor socially-inferior character from “Hercules”. I wager most women would wake up to a kiss from Philoctetes screaming “Rape!” at the top of their voices, rather than “Let’s get married!”
In almost every Disney movie the primary antagonist is portrayed as physically unattractive, encouraging children to associate this character trait with evil. Female characters are particularly subjected to this treatment, all having at least one of the “Big Three” of Disney villain characteristics: being fat (Ursula in “The Little Mermaid”), old (The Old Woman in “Snow White”) or hideously ugly (The Ugly Stepsisters in “Cinderella”). The bottom line is that Disney openly preaches that attractiveness is synonymous with both morality and happiness. Disney villains are often portrayed as insecure about their appearance, which then causes them to take it out on younger, slimmer, better-looking characters. For example the villain of “Snow White” is obsessed with being the “fairest of them all”, and the ugly stepsisters bully and abuse innocent beautiful Cinderella.
The film “Beauty and the Beast” works on the pretence of “looks don’t matter”. However a closer look at the plot structure reveals this as a false front. In the climax of the film the beast transforms back into a handsome human form, thus allowing him to live happily ever after with the equally attractive Belle. This totally contradicts the film’s supposed message of “looks don’t matter”, because if that were true, why is the transformation needed? “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” also does this with the main character being physically deformed. However, the message is again twisted when a new handsome character in the form of Captain Phoebus is introduced to marry Esmerelda instead of the protagonist, who of course is not worthy of her because of his ugliness.
Disney uses subtle themes of Satanism in their films. For example, the beast of “Beauty and the Beast” is portrayed as a horned creature with fangs, resembling a traditional image of Lucifer.
Philoctetes in “Hercules” is also displayed in this form, with horns and cloven-feet. The most bizarre is Disney’s adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Eight-year-old Lucy’s meeting with Mr Tumnus involves the theme of paeodophilia: The stranger (with goat legs and horns) persuades Lucy to visit his home before putting her to sleep playing his flute. The next thing we know, Lucy wakes to find Mr Tumnus crying and saying that he has “done something very bad”. The sequence represents the consequences of children trusting strangers.