Mary Poppins (1964)
We all loved Mary Poppins. She was the nanny we always wanted – mainly because she had a super cool flying umbrella, and seemed so free-spirited. But it seems like this movie was actually created as anti-feminist propaganda. In the ‘60s, the role of the woman was to stay at home, look after the children, cook and clean. Sound familiar? During this time, society became fearful that the traditional family unit was falling apart, so created the character of Mary Poppins to instill these traditional values. Just a spoonful of gender equality makes the medicine go down, you know…
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Our obsession with mermaids stems from Ariel. How cool was she?! She loved collecting shiny objects; she has fins, she has a cool shell bra, the most amazing hair, she falls in love with a handsome prince, and has a lovely singing voice. And Ariel was the spokeswoman for teenage rebellion. She completely went against everything her father told her to do, and even struck up a deal with the devil – Ursula. But in the magic of Disney, everything worked out in the end, and she lived a happy life as a princess/human-mermaid. So the moral of the story – rebel against your parents, kids!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Oompa, Loompa, doo-be-dee-doo. Let’s think about the backstory of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Because Wonka was so paranoid about people stealing his recipes, he sacked all of his employees – including Grandpa Joe. To replace them, Wonka brought in with the little orange people, the Oompa Loompas, who come from a land far, far away. We’ll just leave it at that….
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was set in 1974 – and we don’t have to tell you what life was like back then. The movie is seen to represent the segregation and racism in the America at the time…and there isn’t even one black member of the cast! Most of the characters in the movie don’t think that the people and the Toons should mix together. Remind you of anything that happened around then?
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
How can they ruin The Wizard of Oz for us? We all hated the Wicked Witch of the West in this movie – and that was the plan. The Witch was supposed to represent the old American West, wanting to be conquered by the new American ideals – the lion, the scarecrow, the tinman and Dorothy (don’t ask us how that ties in. No clue). The theory also stated that the Munchkins are the farmers who need saving from the oppression, and the flying monkeys the Native American’s who need to be destroyed. Oh…er….
The Incredibles (2004)
But The Incredibles was just a Superhero movie, how could it have a darker meaning? It was super cool. But it seems there could be a darker philosophy behind the movie – the Randian philosophy, to be exact. This philosophy states that the gifted and the strong (the Incredibles and the superheroes) shouldn’t mix or compromise their lives to help the weak and needy. This is shown within Syndrome – who wants to make everyone superheroes so that everyone stands on an equal tread. Hmm, we wouldn’t mind if we had super powers…