Top 10 Worst Cliches in Disney MoviesNow I'm not saying these movies are bad or that all the clichés they use are bad. I like most these movies and I like the song cliché personally. But they're some really annoying ones that just don't always work in my opinion. I'm going to add in ten, and the rest is up to you.
Disney is full of romance but sometimes it just doesn't always make sense. Like with Aurora and Philip. Why is she just suddenly in love with him? They met once, they sung once and they're already dancing like a couple. This wouldn't have bothered me so much if she didn't wake up from her kiss because of 'true love'. Like I said, she only met him and it's true love? That's just so bizarre. I'm sure they're other examples but that one really bugs me.
1. Get lost
2. Love at first sight
3. The middle of the movie is all without the prince
4. Princess gets poisoned and faints
5. Prince kisses the princess because it's "true love" and they're royal so they belong together and the main characters always end up together
6. The end. Ignore the side characters who were always with the princess, she ended up with someone she fell in love with
And now there's underdeveloped (and only strongly hinted) LESBIAN romance in their more recent films (Frozen 2 and RBTI), which the mere fact that they do involve two female characters is supposed to be "enough".
Felix and Calhoun were not obnoxious; they were PUSHED ASIDE so obnoxious characters like Yess, EBoy, Spamley, and the gangsters from Slaughter Race could "shine".
Oh you know these characters, the really annoying ones that make you grit your teeth. For me this would have to go to B.E.N. from Treasure Planet. I like the movie but I couldn't stand B.E.N. Or if I had to choose one from Pixar, it would be Mater. I wouldn't have hated him so much if he was more of a background character but thanks to Cars 2, I now have a strong dislike for him. Not all side characters are annoying. I like some like Sebastian from the Little Mermaid or the Dwarves from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
I HATED those gargoyles from Hunchback of Notre Dame. They were so stupid and didn't make me laugh at all!
Fine in "Wreck-It Ralph" and even "Frozen" (and "Toy Story 3" if that counts), "Big Hero 6" I out loud said "oh come on! ", "Zootopia" I literally stomped out of the theater in a rage. Didn't even bother with "Moana" and probably won't see another new Disney movie again for a while if ever now that their twist/attempt to stay "fresh" has become stale and overused.
Hey, does anyone remember the twist villain in Nutcracker and the Four Realms? Disney went to far with this character (Sugar Plum Fairy) being the villain and is easily one of Disney's dumbest decision ever.
At first, it kind of worked, but now Disney thinks it's a good idea to turn random characters into last act villains! Not working, Disney!
Okay, let's stop spreading that rumor that this has anything to do with the death of Walt Disney's mother. It's because most Disney films are adapted from traditional stories, fairy tales, legends, novels, etc. wherein the parents were dead anyway. Then Disney acquired Marvel and Star Wars, which even before Disney got their white-gloved hands on them were already swarming with dead parent stories. Again, the untimely death of Mrs. Disney had nothing to do with it.
While this can be irritating, the reason behind it is really sad and somewhat understandable - Walt Disney's mother died because of fumes in a furnace that Walt and his brother had bought for their parents. But I get it, we need more Disney films in which characters don't need their parents to die so that they can grow. And it would probably relate better with a majority of children, who have parents. How about divorced parents instead?
How many times have we've seen this? A bunch. I understand if someone like Tarzan felt like he didn't belong with his family. He's a human and they're gorillas. That would make sense why he felt left out. But it felt really hard for me to understand why Ariel felt like she didn't belong in the sea. She has amazing sisters, an overprotective but still loving father and an entire underwater kingdom. Yet she would abandon all of the people she loved, for a world she only knew for a few days? It just seemed so confusing and out of place. I didn't expect Disney to do the Hans Christian Anderson ending but it seemed very sporadic in my opinion.
Worse: this gets resolved, but then enter a sequel where they again feel like they don't belong. Looking at you, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Frozen 2.
Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope feels like she doesn't belong, turns out she does.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Vanellope still feels like she doesn't belong; she "really " belongs in one of those stupid games only popular with teenage edgelords.
This one seems to be pretty big with Disney and it somewhat bothers me sometimes. I understand with stuff like Beauty & The Beast. The people were cursed into inanimate objects until the spell was broken. But then why are somethings like the Gargoyles from the Hunchback of Notre Dame coming to life? I know a lot of people thought the concept was that Quasimodo was imagining them and hey, that's a good reason. However, the gargoyles help defeat the guards through their shenanigans. How is this happening? Then there's the Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas that doesn't make much sense too. How is she alive? Is she a native American who trapped her soul in that willow tree? It doesn't say. Or the biggest one, the Cars and Planes movies. How are they created? Why do they have teeth and eyes? Why is it that sometimes they eat with their mouths? Do they need to eat? When Lightning McQueen said 'Thank the Manufacturer.' Is that like their version of God? Or is it someone who creates the vehicles? Your guess is as good as mine!
I don't mind it when children's movies kill off characters. I was really taken back that Ray from the Princess & The Frog actually died. It was even more touching when I understood this. I can't stand it however when we think a character is dead but they're not really. Like with Flynn dying and then being saved by Rapunzel. Did we really need that? Or how about Oliver from Oliver and Company? I think Chief from The Fox and The Hound should have died. There would have been more emotional weight on Copper and make a bigger gap in Tod and Copper's friendship. But Chief is just injured even though he was hit by a train and well off a bridge.
These are supposed to give audiences a moment of shock and drama, but they don't work. I would not mind them so much if they weren't used so much. Alas, they are and because of that they don't work like they're supposed to.
I think at least a few of these, specifically the ones in films made in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, were because Disney got a lot of flack from fans (or their parents) who had been traumatized over the not-so-fake death of Bambi's mother. Trusty and Baloo for instance would have actually died otherwise.
The Slaughter Race song, literally all of Frozen 2's soundtrack (and this coming from someone who actually liked Frozen 1), that Shakira song in Zootopia...
Like "in This Place Called Slaughter Race" or whatever tf that song from "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is called? You know, the one Vanellope sang in raise of that Grand Theft Auto Online ripoff?
I Just Can't Wait To Be King is a horrible and very annoying earworm.
Response to previous comment: Indeed the original "Wreck-It Ralph" wasn't too bad about that and "Zootopia" was practically all references and far-left moralizing, but "Wreck-It Ralph 2" is going to give "Zootopia" a run for its money in the reference overkill department especially since its very title is a reference to Kim Kardashian no one wants to remember.
You picked the wrong "Ralph" movie as an image for this. "Breaks the Internet" was FAR worse about this than "Wreck-It Ralph".
Why is there an image from "Wreck-It Ralph" here? "Zootopia" is BY FAR the worst offender here.
Hate this cliche because it's making a resurgence. You don't need to send one character out to have a good ending! In fact, splitting them up makes it worse!
I know you didn't originally have that lame cop-out ending, "Frozen II". And even that wasn't any better than that "recalibration days" crap in "Ralph Breaks the Internet"!
Didn't mind "The Fox and the Hound" doing this back in the day, but now it's become an annoying trend.
Good gravy, the last three years worth of Disney movies have been bad about this! First Zootopia, then Emma Watson Turns A Classic Into Her Feminist Power Trip, then Ralph Breaks the Internet with that Oh My Disney scene.
Whoever put "anti feminism" on here, congratulations. Disney has now gone WAY too far in the opposite direction. Zootopia and Ralph Breaks the Internet are my needed citations.
The only thing I can give Disney credit for as far as this given their output since 2013 is at least they didn't make Hiro or Baymax female.
I like some villain sidekicks like Kronk from the Emperor's New Groove. But they're some sidekicks you look at and wonder why the villain even deals with them. Iago the parrot from Aladdin is one of them. Jafar seems annoyed with him a lot and wouldn't it be better if her had a better sidekick. The only thing Iago ever did was have that shrieking voice and complain. The most he ever did was come up with Jafar's plan of killing the Sultan and Jasmine after marrying her. Then there's some like Willie Brothers from Home on the Range. Alameda Slim is rich and can't be bothered to hire more competent goons. The only one he has is Rico but if he can get someone like that, then what's the point in having the Willie Brothers? I know they're his nephews but he's a villain. Scar killed his own brother for the sake of his ambition so what's stopping this guy from tossing these three away? They can't even recognize their own Uncle when he puts on a hat and glasses. It could be considered funny but it doesn't make sense why Alameda Slim would keep them if they're that stupid.
Why is it that the hero must always fall in love? Some of them are nice, like Mulan and Shang Yu. Some of them are an important part of the plot, like Cinderella. But I don't understand why movies like lion king need a love interest. Don't get me wrong, I like nala, but I think that she could have just stayed friends with simba
Nowadays they must have a (strongly hinted) love interest of the same gender, and in the sequels to their original movies. Vanellope went from no love interest to enamored of Gal Gadot's gangster character, and Elsa went from no love interest to deciding (more or less) to stay with that Honey chick.
They may seem to have moved on from this, but "Frozen II", "Raya and the Last Dragon", and especially "Ralph Breaks the Internet" had hints of female love interests for Elsa, Raya, and Vanellope respectively.
Mufasa being the worst of them all. Glad he's dead.
Especially when said hopes and desires are living in a crummy violent edgelord game with a blatant Mary Sue.
"In This Place Called Slaughter Race" being one of the worst offenders
"This Place", need I say more?
But isn't it more realistic since there are people who act like those greedy villains in the real world? Magical, evil, and crazy villains are fake, unoriginal, and more stereotypical.
You know these villains, the ones that don't have any motivation other than being greedy and want something. Whether they want power to seize or more wealth than they could ever ask for. Like Commander Rourke from Atlantis or Shan Yu from Mulan. Now if there's a reason they're so greedy like Scar from the Lion King, I understand. However, I hate it when their only motivation is greed and nothing else.
Not all villains are greedy, Disney. What's with all the damn stereotypes?
This one is a nitpick, I understand that. Why is it that some Disney princesses are excluded from their lineup? Kiara from the Lion King 2 was (and still might be) a princess. She even came from one of the better Disney Sequels and her mother Nala is a queen. Shouldn't she be somewhere on the list? Or if we're excluding animals, what about Kida from Atlantis or Eilonwy from the Black Cauldron? They're both Princesses but they're never in the lineup. Most argue that they're from less successful movies so they're not shown as often as the other princesses. Which sadly is probably the reason why.
Something I don't understand is why Mulan is a princess. She came from a normal family and married a high-ranking war general. In the second movie, she was about to marry a prince, but it never really happened. How come SHE is considered a princess, but the Emperor's daughters or the women RoseRedFlower mentioned are never shown in prominent Disney princess artwork? It makes no sense.
At least Frozen had a better moral than loving the one you only knew for a few days.
A really depressing Deus ex machina to an otherwise interesting storyline
This may seem great, but Disney's been making fun of itself an awful lot lately.
It's my element dammit
It's so racist
Does that ones whose existence annoys you, but they themselves did nothing particularly annoying but nothing particularly endearing either?
Worst was when the *Disney Princesses themselves* became annoying side characters (in "Disney Tries Too Hard To Prove How Woke and In Touch They Are"- I mean, "Vanellope von Schweetz Goes Radfem "- I mean, "Ralph Breaks the Internet ".
Isn't this the same as "obnoxious side characters"?
Taking a character who previously eschewed her royal title, having her take BACK her royal title, and having "more" for her be a literal dump where people blow each other up over one stupid mcguffin still counts.
Like your rich, you live in a castle or palace and you have dozens of servants how can you want more?
Why is it that some animals can talk yet other ones can't? Trees in Pocahontas can talk for some reasons but the animals can't. Why? Why can't the birds talk in Cinderella but the mice can? How about that caterpillar that turned into a butterfly from the Fox and the Hound? It's just really confusing and bizarre.
Funny how you misspelled The Lion King as 'Lion Ding', would've been better if it was 'The Lion Dung' knowing how awful that movie is.
Seriously, how it portrayed hyenas was just wrong and over the top. This is why I don't like it when something stereotypes animals.
Very true. Disney even got sued by an animal biologist for the defamation of using the entire spotted hyena species as henchmen.
Like sloths in that holy can-do-no-wrong movie of Disney's whose die-hard fanboy I don't want to deal with right now or ever.