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“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” : An Analysis of Selected Music in Disney Princess Films

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  • The Disney Princesses are some of the most beloved and well-recognized characters in animation across the globe. Most of these characters sing throughout their movie. This essay analyzes what I refer to as the “I Want” song of several Disney Princesses. It is divided into three sections, one for each of the main themes described in these songs: true love, freedom, and self-acceptance. It was found that the Disney Princesses follow a basic chronological line in their desires. The oldest characters desire love, while the newest want to be happy with who they are inside. Because these films and their music have been treasured for decades, these characters can strongly influence viewers’ lives. Where appropriate, the potential impacts of choosing certain Disney Princesses for role models is discussed. An appendix is included with the lyrics for each analyzed song. Key Words: Disney, music, women’s studies, princess, animation
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