The important reason Keira Knightley banned her daughter from watching two Disney films

The important reason Keira Knightley banned her daughter from watching two Disney films

Keira Knightley is promoting her Walt Disney upcoming movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and in a recent TV appearance she admitted that there are some movies she has banned her daughter from watching.

The 33-year-old actress spoke to Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, and revealed she didn't like certain films produced by the studio as they don't portray princesses in a feminist light.

One of these movies is Cinderella. The other? The Little Mermaid.

"Banned!" she exclaimed, referring to the former:

Because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't! Rescue yourself. Obviously! And this is the one that I'm quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but Little Mermaid [is banned, too].

I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello! But the problem with The Little Mermaid is I love The Little Mermaid. That one's a little tricky - but I'm keeping to it!

Some of Disney's feature films haven't aged well. For example, Pocahontas, which is often hailed as a success for the studio's portrayal of a strong female woman of colour, belies the brutal and sad history of the real Pocahontas.

A number of their earlier features, including The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Fantasia and The Aristocats, to name a few, have all been accused of perpetuating various harmful stereotypes.

Still, DeGeneres insists, there are a few recent Disney movies that move away from damaging narratives and are genuinely good...

Frozen is huge and Moana is totally fine... There are some good ones, but mainly Dory.

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