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The Princess and the Frog Analysis I am going to write about how the characters and narrative was used to appeal to the audience for the animation The Princess and the Frog by Disney. The trailer only shows three characters, a princess, a frog, and a firefly. Anthropomorphism was used on the characters in this animation, which appeals to children because of diversion. This is a very common method used by Disney to appeal to children. The princess in this story does not seem like the ordinary stereotypical princess because of her being black, and the way she acts. In the conventional fairy tale, the princesses are always white and blond, and also very submissive, following a very small sphere of action. However, in this trailer, the princess is black, with dark hair. This may mean that this is a princess who does not follow traditional rules. This may be because there are more female rights now, and because there are more females working in Disney, that the male gaze is not as strong as in the past. This will appeal to strong females who believe in female rights. The princess in this animation talks very casually and quickly, which is opposite to how old fairy tale princesses talk. Both the frog and the firefly have very big eyes, which represents innocence, appealing to children because it is similar to themself, and so they will be appealed to it because of personal identity. Although the frog does not speak, the frog is completely different from the frog from ‘The Frog Prince’. This frog seems as though it has seen ‘The Frog Prince’ and tries to kiss the princess in order to break the curse. The characters princess and the frog were used in order to provoke nostalgia for the people who have seen the old fairy tale ‘The Frog Prince’. When people recognize this intertextuality, they will feel more intelligent and thus this will appeal to them because of personal identity. Disney is well known to use Propp’s theory about spheres of action in their films and animations. However, in this trailer, the princess is obviously not enclosed in a very tight sphere of action, but she has more freedom and could do many things that a traditional princess would not do. This is appealing to the modern adult woman who brought their child to watch the animation because of personal identity. I would give this about 7 / 10. First part is really impressive – second part, not so much. (Most people seem to find narrative quite difficult to talk about, for some reason. Perhaps it’s best avoided.) Basically, you need to ensure that both points get more-or-less equal attention, and I’d suggest that the amount of detail you have given to the first point is about right. So, you need to write MORE! Good grasp of audience and representational theory – you need to have a look at your narrative theories, perhaps. Basically, conventional (Proppsian, Todorovian) narratives tend to appeal to mainstream audiences, so we’d expect to see them in things like Disney movies. When those narrative codes are broken, we tend to be dealing with more independent films aimed at older or more aficionado audiences.
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