A Pictorial Analysis of Disney Male Characters: Princes and Reflections

Section 1: Character Selection

Anyways, here we go. We are going to use a similar timeline as with the last article and only do protagonists and princes.

Section 2: Color Trends

Color trends of skin:

Gaston, who is often warm tone (think the mob fire) throughout the film to point out visually that he is indeed the antagonist to the cooler color palettes of the Beast and Belle.

Section 3: Insights

Overall, I don’t think any insights are outstandingly surprising.

Section 4: Jaws and Faces

There are people in the world with jawlines that could cut butter. And there are people like myself, who are slowly learning to romanticize our soft jaw lines and stop caring about what they look like in pictures.

The types of jaws — according to the animated film, Mulan.

It’s really a visual communication stance of: here are friendly male jaws (friend and father jaws) versus here is the jaw of a romantic interest.

Jaws are a significant feature within male beauty standards and thoughts around them. Particularly to their status as currency of male attractiveness in our society.

Section 5: Ratios

In my article a year ago, I did a lot of ratios between different body parts.

Source: Buzzfeed
Body building vs power lifting — there are a variety of different body aesthetics in the fitness world of men, at a variety of extremes. Source: https://www.sebastianfitnesssolutions.com
We can see that almost all of the princes are in the same range for the shoulder to waist ratio. Meanwhile, wrists have a larger diversity. Prince Naveen has larger wrists in comparison to most of the princes, especially Prince Philip, who is drawn with very small wrists and much larger shoulders than most princes.

Section 6: Height

Height is another thing that I have seen in the discourse regarding men’s bodies, between jokes for one red flag per inch over 6 foot, and in the short kings vernacular in media. The short kings discourse in particular has opened a variety of conversations around male body image and the systemic consequences in both social and professional lives for not fitting within a desired aesthetic.

Fun fact: he was approximately this much taller than her when they were frogs too. I don’t make the rules. Gendered frog drawings do.

Section 6.5: I don’t want to talk about penises on cartoons made for children no no no whyyyyyy

A few years ago this article was published on Jezebel. I hate it for so many reasons, but it is a poignant example of how visual communication interlinks with harmful stereotypes (often incredibly racist ones) and weaponizes them. I want to be clear it’s extremely problematic at best.

It is as if toxic masculinity has enabled the creation of a hierarchy around immutable characteristics — skulls, wrists, height, etc. This can be weaponized both by men and women, and creates a hard problem to solve.

I think this weaponization of these particular characteristics, and how common and acceptable they are in jokes, also speaks towards the suppression of male emotions.

Section 7: Conclusion

Honestly, I wasn’t going to do this article. I am critical of the use of Disney allegories in these spaces. This is also going to be the last Disney article I do. I have also been super busy with my MS thesis. And with life I suppose.

  1. Self confidence/acceptance/body positivity/body neutrality/anti-diet/fat liberation, etc
  2. Camp 2 is actually bad and so is Camp 1 because it’s too restrictive and it’s actually super easy to make sustainable life choices to look and feel exactly how you want — just buy this product and go for a walk, you hot mess.

I am not a sociologist, dietician, or anything really. But I do know that when we talk about anything beauty related we often leave out a large majority of men.

And while I am maybe not the number one advocate or the most in touch with the inner workings of men, I can’t help but think about videos I’ve watched about communities such as incels and fitness influencers who, if they were women, would be diagnosed with severe body dysmorphia.

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Nina Lutz

Nina Lutz

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Instead of making computers think like people, I want to use them to make us think about other people.