EVEN MORE EYES’ retrospective series ‘Nostalgia Hits Differently‘ has two very opinionated critics, James and Imo, learn that nostalgia ain’t want it used to be.

The second episode has the intrepid critics return to the Disney movies released in their actual childhood: the 1990’s!

Disney Studios wanted a ‘Whole New World’ for their Renaissance Period. Yet Imo and James discover it’s not quite as wholesome as they remember.

They discover:

How King Triton’s concerns about humans might have some justification in the unknowingly genocidal ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989)…

…why ‘Beauty & The Beast’ (1991) is NOT a tale about Stockholm Syndrome, but is captive to other gendered conventions…

…where ‘Aladdin’ (1992) takes tentative progressive steps for Jasmine while drowning in racism…

…and why Pocahontas (1995) paints intercultural romance and conflict in broad strokes, but still represents a major shift for the Princesses to come.

This is the second of four episodes that will chart a journey with the Disney Princesses from the Classic Era (mid-20th Century) through the Renaissance (late 20th Century to early 21st) and into the Revival (early 2010s onward).

Listen to Episode 1 on Classic Disney here.

Click here to listen to Episode #2 or on Spotify below:

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