Cartoon Disney characters leave iconic images in audiences’ heads and are often more meaningful to a Disney fan than just hand-drawn people in a story. The way Walt Disney Studios represents its characters constantly comes under fire because of its wide reach as a company and the infinite opinions available on the internet.
Body type is a common topic when discussing entertainment and media. But a recent video on TikTok suggested that a big source of young people’s insecurity comes from how Disney animators choose to draw their character’s noses.
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The video calls out Disney Princess after Disney Princess, including Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989), Moana, Elsa and Anna from Frozen (2013), Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991), Princess Aroura from Sleeping Beauty (1959), and Snow White. The video circles their noses in red. Each of the Disney Princess characters has a small, sloping nose that is slightly upturned at the end.
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The video then turns to focus on the design of villain’s noses like Jafar from Aladdin (1992), Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Clayton from Tarzan (1999), Madame Medusa from The Rescuers (1977), The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938) in old hag form, and Mother Gothel from Tangled (2010). The video also includes a character from Tangled actually named Big Nose, but he is not a villain. Big Nose is actually a hopeless romantic with dreams.
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The video’s point is clear, however, as each of the Walt Disney antagonist characters has a large noise that’s either pointed, or crooked, or disfigured in some way.
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The melancholic song playing over the compilation video is called Remember You. The lyrics say, “Marceline, is it just you and me in the wreckage of the world?/ That must be so confusing for a little girl.” The phrase “That must be so confusing for a little girl” is highlighted as the only words typed out on the screen.
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Surely Disney characters are not the only animated icons to influence young viewers because studios draw to similar standards. Disney Princes are not immune to unattainable cartoon standards either, but this issue seems to affect women and girls in higher proportion.
Do you think it’s going too far for viewers to claim nose insecurity from a Disney movie, or do you feel like your favorite character has influenced the way you feel about your face? With this in mind, how do you feel meeting Disney World Characters in person at a theme park?