Saturday, February 13, 2016

The First Disney Princess

From Smithsonian:
"The Goddess of Spring" wasn’t Walt Disney Picture’s last foray into Greek mythology or myth-inspired animation (hello, Fantasia), but it’s worth noting that animators used this myth to practice for their famous retellings of European-style fairy tales in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Given recent research that shows that both types of tales could share common roots, perhaps it's no surprise that the spring maiden who launched an entire genre of movies was not German or French, but rather Greek. (Read more.)

1 comment:

Ludwig Károly said...

A major correction: "The Goddess of Spring" was released in 1934, not 1937. Still, it's impressive how much the Disney studio progressed in just three years from that cartoon to "Snow White", which featured genuinely compelling, believable characters (the scene of the dwarves crying over Snow White is amazingly realistic). Personally, I think it's better than any of the Disney princess films that followed.