Disney’s Rapunzel remake, Tangled, finally hits theaters today, and if the LA Times has it right, it will be the last fairy tale Disney plans to tell for a long, long time.
Mickey & Co. have been writing and drawing fairy tales since 1934, and even though their princesses are lucrative and omnipresent — with everything from school supplies to clothes to kitchenware to theme park rides — their feature films just aren’t pulling in the kind of money and critical acclaim they once did. (You can thank Disney’s over-achieving cousin, Pixar, for most of that.)
It’s hard to get a good read on what lesbians think about Disney princesses. Ask out loud “How do you feel about Ariel?” and in one ear you’ll hear a whole lot of shouting about patriarchy. In the other, you’ll hear a whole lot of singing about gadgets and gizmos aplenty.
I grew up on Disney and haven’t suffered any sort of heteronormative harm, so I’m a big fan, and it kind of bums me out that Tangled will be the last Disney fairy tale offering. So in the spirit of nostalgia, I tapped into our wildly popular Choose Your Own Adventure machine to help you select a Disney princess girlfriend.
So which Disney princess are you taking to the ball? And are you planning to see Tangled?