I was in third grade when The Little Mermaid first came out in theaters. My mom thought it would be fun to go see it but I really didn't want to. It was a little kids movie. I wanted to go see Turner and Hooch with my sister and our cousin.
But my mom won out and we saw it. (To be honest, I can't remember if I liked it or not. I just remember the part about not getting to see Turner and Hooch.)
Fast forward 25ish years later and that damn movie is coming out again.
I've had a love/hate relationship with the Disney princesses, especially as the girls get older. Some of them are fine. Some of them are even decent role models. (Though has anyone noticed how the Disney channeling is trying to change the narrative on princesses with the new marketing campaign?)
And while I've never banned the princesses, I've certainly not encouraged some of them - mainly Ariel, the twit who gave up her voice to win over a man she didn't even know. (COME ON!)
And yet, that is Emery's favorite. Why? I have no idea. She's never seen the movie and I've certainly made my feelings clear.
Sure some of the music is fun and what's more whimsical than a mermaid but SHE GAVE UP HER VOICE TO BE WITH A MAN!
Needless to say, I'm struggling with the release of this movie and whether we should go see it. Yes, she's just a kid and she doesn't get my rage. To her it's just a fun cartoon. And I could even use this as a teaching moment like "Don't give up your voice to be with a man. You have a wonderful voice that should be used wisely and not given up for anyone."
Yet I feel like seeing the movie is just ... icky.
Any thoughts? Just a cartoon? Or not a good role model?