None of these films are typical Disney love stories. But the boys totally are always the reason that they end with a “happily ever after.”
1. Finding Nemo
What it’s about: Clownfish Marlin loses his wife and billions of unborn children (fish eggs) to a barracuda attack. Miraculously, he finds one surviving egg that has a crack in it. From this egg, a little clown fish with a broken fin was born, and Marlin named him Nemo, raising him by himself. When Nemo is captured by the Big Scary Creatures of the Land (scuba divers), Marlin embarks on a journey to save his son, accompanied by a brain-damaged fish named Dory.
Why people love it: It’s a story about family and love in the face of tragedy, as well as a story about friendship. Featuring some sea creatures and Ellen Degeneres.
Why it’s actually anti-feminist propaganda: Dory has always suffered from short-term memory loss – she literally can’t remember what anyone told her ten seconds ago. When Marlin entered her life, she was finally able to improve. The presence of this male fish suddenly allows Dory to remember things, thus saving the day and getting Nemo back to his father. The male character, once again, is the true cause of a happy resolution.
2. Wreck-It Ralph
What it’s about: Wreck-It Ralph is sick of being the bad guy in the game “Fix-It-Felix”. He is under-appreciated and all of the Nicelanders hate him. He decides that he needs a medal to prove himself, and begins his mission to be accepted by the Nicelanders. In all of the twists and turns that await him, Ralph meets Vanellope, a glitch in the game “Sugar Rush” who is in risk of disappearing from game world altogether. Ralph changes his mission in order to save Vanellope.
Why people love it: Everyone love bad guys who are secretly good guys, amirite?!?!!
Why it’s actually anti-feminist propaganda: Vanellope was always bullied by all of the cool racers in “Sugar Rush” just because she was different. She literally lived alone in a cave. Ralph came into her life and made it all better. Clearly, weird girls need men if they ever want to be accepted. Also, Vanellope would have never survived without Ralph – not even as a glitch.
What it’s about: Merida, a Scottish princess, has untamable orange hair and is unusually skilled at archery. She refuses to get married, despite her parents’ efforts, and generally does not adhere to proper princess behavior. Because of this, she does not have a very good relationship with her mother. A little old witch who is connected to some magical wisps in the forest turns both Merida and her mother into bears (like big real grizzly bears) and then leaves them to figure their shit out.
Why people love it: Okay, not everyone loves Brave because they look at it and wonder why they are watching a movie about bears. But those who do love Brave love it because it’s about a girl who doesn’t need a man to be happy, and it’s a touching story about how a mother accepts her daughter for who she is, and a daughter who learns to appreciate her mother.
Why it’s secretly anti-feminist propaganda: When Merida and her mother were in the forest, they found out some stuff about an old Scottish legend, which essentially told them that a male from an ancient royal family was turned into a bear also, but stayed a vicious bear forever.. This bear, originally a prince, attacks Merida and then Merida’s mother saves her, which ultimately mends their relationship. If this male bear had not attacked Merida, she and her mother totally would have remained bears for the rest of their lives and would have never fixed their broken mother-daughter relationship. Thank god for aggressive males.