Growing up, Disney movies were constantly being played in my house. I've seen just about all of the princess movies and good majority of the other Disney hits. Now that I'm grown up, its enjoyable to be nostalgic and watch the old Disney movies from my child-hood. However, I've realized that there were a lot of flaws in the stories that I never caught onto when I was a child. So, here are some of the biggest flaws that I have found in Disney animated films! (Don't worry, I still love Disney).
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White tells the story of a beautiful princess, Snow White, who is hated by her step-mother, the Evil Queen, because the magic mirror declared Snow White to be "the fairest of all", not the Queen. The Queen sends a huntsmen to kill Snow White, but instead he takes pity on her and lets her run away into the forest, where she takes refuge with a group of seven dwarfs.
When the Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive, she creates a potion to turn herself into an old hag, and she goes to the woods to trick Snow White into eating the poison apple.
Now here's where the flaw occurs. The old hag (AKA the Evil Queen) tells Snow White that the apple is a magic wishing apple and that whatever she wishes for will come true. If that's the case, why doesn't the old hag wish to not be old anymore? (Because apparently the old hag is so old that she has a heart attack just from standing up! Which is how she tricks Snow White into letting her into the dwarfs cottage).
If Snow White had any sense (which clearly she didn't) she would've wondered why a woman, in such an old and frail state, would not just eat the wishing apple herself!
2. Cinderella (1950)
Cinderella is about a girl, Ella, who grows up with an evil step-mother and two evil step-sisters. One night, the step-sisters and step-mother are getting ready to go to the Prince's ball, but they won't allow Cinderella to attend. After the family leaves, a fairy god-mother appears to help Cinderella get to the ball! Beautiful dress, horse drawn carriage, the whole 9 yards.
At the ball, Cinderella wins over the Prince with her beauty, and they dance together, until the clock strikes midnight, at which time all of the magic from her god-mother wears off and she goes back to being a poor maiden. Fortunately, Cinderella loses a shoe on her flee from the castle, and the Prince makes it his mission to find the maiden who fits the shoe because she is his true love.
First of all, why didn't the shoes fit her well enough to stay on her feet while she was fleeing? Second, why did the shoe stay, even though the rest of the magic wore off? And third, did no other female in the whole kingdom have the same shoe size as Cinderella, causing them to fit? (when FYI, they clearly didn't actually fit Cinderella because one fell off!)
3. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleeping Beauty is the story of Princess Aurora, who has a curse cast on her by the evil fairy, Maleficent. The curse stated that Aurora, before her 16th birthday, would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, causing her to die. The other fairies are only powerful enough to change the curse to cause Aurora to fall asleep until she receives true loves kiss, rather than dying. The curse is fulfilled, and Aurora pricks her finger, causing her to fall into a deep sleep.
Prince Phillip, Aurora's true love, is captured by Maleficent, who plans to keep him trapped until he's an old man and then release him to Aurora, who wont have aged at all. The other fairies find the Prince and free him, giving him the Sword of Truth and the Shield of Virtue. Phillip uses the sword and shield to kill Maleficent, and save Aurora from her sleep.
The big question is, if the fairies had the magical power to enchant a sword and shield that would kill Maleficent, why wouldn't they have used it sooner? Rather than waiting for the curse to come true, and for Phillip to be kidnapped. Instead, the fairies kept Aurora hidden away, far from her family, and lied to her about who she was, just for everything to get messed up and have her exposed, kidnapped, and have her finger pricked.
4. The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is about a a lion cub, Simba, who is the son of King Mufasa. Mufasa's brother, Scar, is jealous of his brother's power, knowing that he'll never be king as long as Simba is around. Scar creates a plan, and tricks Mufasa into running into a stampede, causing him to get trampled. Scar convinces Simba that his father's death is his fault, and that he should flee from the kingdom. Scar then sends his pack of hyenas to kill Simba.
The flaw here is the fact that Scar kills Mufasa himself, but instead sends Hyenas (that we saw earlier in the movie are pretty unreliable) to finish the job and kill Simba. Scar could have easily killed Simba himself. None of the other animals would be able to prove that Scar did it, and he would have power over the kingdom until his death. Fortunately, that wasn't the case, and Simba returns as an adult and saves the day, but speaking from a real plan stand point, Scar failed miserably.
5. Mulan (1998)
Mulan is a film about a young Chinese girl, who fails to fit the standards of being a lady. Mulan's father, who is elderly and in poor health, is drafted to fight in the war. Mulan decides to take his place and pretends to be a man.
Unfortunately, Mulan is not very good at the necessary skills needed to fight in war, and the general tells her that she's not fit to fight, and tells her to leave. Of course, she doesn't, and she trains even harder, and eventually helps save her people from the Huns.
The real flaw in this movie is the part where Mulan is told she isn't fit to fight in the war. If Mulan, who is young, and in good health, is told she's not fit, then her father, who is old and ill, would not have been fit either. In theory, Mulan could've let her father start training, and they would've kicked him out of the military because of his old age and bad health. (But of course, it's still really awesome that she would risk her life for her father!)
6. The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who is the daughter of King Triton. Ariel is intrigued by the human world, and wishes she could be up there with them. She even goes as far as to go to the surface to save a man (Prince Eric) when he falls off of his ship. Eric falls in love with the sound of Ariel's singing voice, but when he wakes up on the shore, she is gone.
Triton's half sister, Ursula, is jealous of Triton's power, and tricks Ariel into signing away her voice for a chance to be human. Ariel signs a contract that says that if she can get 'true love's kiss' at the end of three days, she will get her voice back and stay human. If not, Ursula gets to keep Ariel's soul forever.
While on the shore, Prince Eric doesn't realize that Ariel is the voice he heard, because she can no longer speak. Ursula, then, turns herself into a human using Ariel's voice, and tricks Prince Eric into marrying her.
Everything works out in the end-Ursula is defeated, Ariel stays a human, and her and Eric get married. The problem? We know that Ariel can read and write because they mention it earlier in the movie, but when she gets to the shore, she does not write to communicate to Eric who she is. Is there a different kind of writing for mermaids even though they speak the same language as humans? Well that doesn't make sense.
7. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast is about a girl Belle, who is captured by a beast. The beast is actually a prince who had a curse cast on him, and he had until the last petal fell from a magical rose to find true love.
The flaw comes from the castle. There is a prince, who lives in a castle, that is only about a day's walk from Belle's village, and no one knew about it? If people didn't know about this prince or the castle, then how did a royal family ever exist? And where is the prince's family? Did people not know about this royal family that ruled that close to their village? It seems odd that people would be so naive to such a big thing!
8. Hercules (1997)
Hercules is based on Greek mythology, which tells the story of Zeus, his son Hercules, and Zeus' brother Hades. Hades wants the power over Olympus that Zeus has, and the prophecy says that Hades will be able to release the Titans and take down Zeus, as long as his son Hercules doesn't interfere.
Hades creates a plan to kill Hercules, but it doesn't go successfully (unbeknownst to Hades). In the end, Hercules saves Olympus from Hades and the Titans.
The problem is that Hades is the god of the underworld, and he knows all the souls that dwell in his realm. If Herucles had been killed, Hades would've known that his soul was down there. So how did Hades just overlook this tiny detail and never bother to check?