The Walt Disney Company has recently proven its dedication to reproducing and releasing live-action remakes of some of its most classic stories…despite the fanbase’s constant begging for it to stop.
It’s no secret that Disney fans are tired of the live-action adaptations, and it’s also no secret that nobody is asking for these remakes…And yet, the Walt Disney Company confidently strives forward.
Despite Fans’ Open Displeasure, Disney Continues Releasing Live-Action Films
Upcoming live-action films include Moana (2025), Lilo & Stitch (2024), and (Mufasa: The Lion King (2024), despite the Disney fanbase’s apparent displeasure at how 2019’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King (1994) turned out.
But the remake the Walt Disney Company will release next is none other than Snow White (2024), an adaptation of one of Walt Disney Pictures’ most culturally impactful films ever.
Live-Action Snow White Movie Will Be Here Sooner Than Any Other Remake
The upcoming remake is scheduled to debut in spring 2024…but the film has been under fire recently for an entire litany of controversies. There are so many controversies that we created an extensive guide to each scandal thus far, which can be found here.
But the most infamous scandals have been in response to some comments made by the lead actress, Rachel Zegler.
In short, the latest Disney Princess, who has been described as a “PR nightmare,” is currently under fire for criticizing the original film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Live-Action Disney Princess Under Fire For Expressing Certain Opinions…
In one instance, Zegler made it incredibly clear that she did not grow up watching the original film, and that it frightened her as a child.
In another interview, the young actress playfully mocked the first Disney Princess, stating:
…it’s no longer 1937… [Snow White is] not going to be saved by the prince. And she’s not going to be dreaming about true love. She’s dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be.
During a recent D23 Expo, the actress also mocked the role Prince Charming plays in the original film, describing the character as “a guy who literally stalks [Snow White,]” assuring audiences that this aspect would be changed in the live-action remake.
While the original Snow White film may not have aged well for modern audiences, it can’t be denied that the film is a work of art and that it shaped the animated film genre as we know it. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that many fans took offense to the live-action Disney Princess’s comments.
That being said, it may be more surprising to hear that another Disney Princess shares the same sentiments, yet has received none of the same backlash as Zegler.
But She’s Not the Only Disney Princess Expressing These Opinions…
Kristen Bell, the voice behind Princess Anna from Disney’s Frozen series, is incredibly bubbly and likable. It doesn’t hurt that she’s portrayed one of the Walt Disney Company’s most beloved princesses to date.
But in real life, the actress is more than a Disney Princess; she’s a dedicated and attentive mother, striving to teach her children all of the right lessons.
Years ago, before Frozen II (2019) came out, the actress was interviewed by People magazine, where she revealed some of her concerns regarding the plot of the original Snow White movie.
During this interview, Kristen Bell revealed that she reads to her children every night, and that she takes extra time to discuss the Snow White story afterward:
Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?’ I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m doing something right…’
She continues, saying she’s used the story to teach her children the important lesson of consent, asking them, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”
Perhaps it’s because of the clear disdain and lack of respect Rachel Zegler has for the original source material despite being the one to bring the Disney Princess to life, or perhaps it’s something more sinister…
Whatever the reason, it’s certainly strange that one Disney Princess, a young woman of color, has received hate for expressing such opinions while another Disney Princess has received praise for expressing the same exact sentiment.
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