These Actresses Find Some Disney Classics Troubling for Their Kids

'Pirates of the Caribbean' star Keira Knightley and 'Frozen' lead Kristen Bell disapprove of early portrayal of women

Image Credit: Shutterstock/ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Actresses Keira Knightley and Kristen Bell are not the biggest fans of Disney’s classic films.

Knightley (pictured above right) explained in a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres that she bans her three-year-old daughter from watching certain Disney films because she disagrees with their portrayal of women.

On the original “Cinderella,” which was released in 1950, Knightley, 33, said the main character only “waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t! Rescue yourself. Obviously!”

“The Little Mermaid,” which was released in 1989, is also a no-go for her.

“I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello!”

She continued, “And this is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film. I love ‘The Little Mermaid!’ That one’s a little tricky — but I’m keeping to it.”

Do you support individual military members being able to opt out of getting the COVID vaccine?

By completing the poll, you agree to receive emails from LifeZette, occasional offers from our partners and that you've read and agree to our privacy policy and legal statement.

The actress said she is more in approval of recent Disney efforts, such as 2013’s “Frozen” and 2016’s “Moana.”

“‘Frozen’ is huge, ‘Moana’ is totally fine,” she said.

Knightley shares her three-year-old daughter with 35-year-old musician James Righton.

Knightley has a long history of working with Disney and is currently promoting an upcoming film she stars in for the company. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” will hit theaters on November 2.

She has also starred in four of the five “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, the first of which was released in 2003; the last one came out in 2017.

The actress isn’t the only entertainer to find Disney classics troubling.

“Frozen” actress Kristen Bell (pictured above left), told Parenting magazine recently that she has a hard time with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which was released in 1937.

“Every time we close ‘Snow White,’ I look at my girls and ask, ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple?'” the actress said.

Bell has two daughters with 43-year-old filmmaker actor Dax Shepard, five-year-old Lincoln and three-year-old Delta.

Bell, 38, added, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?”

The “Good Place” actress continued, “Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”

In addition to her voice work in Disney’s “Frozen,” Bell has also provided her voicing talents to the company’s “Zootopia” and will be featured in such upcoming films as “Frozen 2,” which will be released next year, and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which hits theaters this November.

For more on actress Knightley’s position Disney films, check out the video below:

Join the Discussion

COMMENTS POLICY: We have no tolerance for messages of violence, racism, vulgarity, obscenity or other such discourteous behavior. Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments