Blog #15

Hello North House! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We only have two weeks till Christmas, so hang in there! For the blog this week, I will focus on myths, legends and fables. Hopefully this video would make you guys realize some surprising things you didn’t know were there in Disney movies.

 

The video you will be watching is called, The Disney Theory / Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs. In this video, it shows you the different characters and objects found in different Disney movies that are from another. You may be thinking, how does this have to do with myths, legends or fables? While the main subject of the video is just for your enjoyment, I would like you to pay attention to the movies that are used in this video. You must thinking back to when you watched those movies, any if all, and decide which movies are based on myths, fables or legend. Hopefully this video can help you understand the difference between a myth, legend and fable by thinking about well know childhood movies.

 

When you finish watching this video, please answer the prompt.

 

Prompt: Out of all the movies used in this video, which movies are based on myths, fables and legends? Use the different characteristics of a myth, legend and fable to support your answer. Do the movies shown clearly tell you which out of the three it is based on? How does it do so?

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25 thoughts on “Blog #15

  1. When watching the video, “The Disney Theory..Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs”, two movies allowed me to answer Jessica G’s prompt. These two movies were “Hercules” and “The Princess and the Frog”. Hercules was clearly written to be a myth and this is clear to me because, the storyline follows a young man named Hercules, who in greek mythology is deemed a Demigod born to the god of lightning, Zeus, and the definition of a myth clearly states that any greek mythology story is automatically deemed a myth. To Continue,The Princess and the Frog was based on two humans, one a commoner and one a prince, who happened to both be transformed into frogs. Throughout their struggle to become human again the two make friends with local animals, and discover that the animals they meet all act just like humans do in terms of speech and mannerisms. At the end of the story the two of them both become human again, fall in love, and together own a restaurant. However, throughout their journey the both of them learn the moral “hard work is what truly makes a person get by in life”. Therefore The Princess and the Frog is written to be a fable. These two movies happened to stand out the most when I was watching the provided clip. However, I am sure there are many more Disney films that revolve around the ideas of myths, fables, and legends.

  2. Hercules is by definition a myth considering the fact that it comes from greek MYTHology, where interjection from the gods and other supernatural variables come into play. This is by far the most straightforward type of story presented in the video above. To reiterate, I will quote Janina who states “Hercules was clearly written to be a myth and this is clear to me because, the storyline follows a young man named Hercules, who in greek mythology is deemed a Demigod born to the god of lightning, Zeus, and the definition of a myth clearly states that any greek mythology story is automatically deemed a myth.”

    Second, the Lion King is also a clear Fable. Simply for the reason that the animals presented are largely anthropomorphized, as is the case with evil lions, etc. Additionally, the lion king -if I remember correctly- ultimately teaches the timely classic moral that killing your brother to usurp a throne is a bad thing. Yet again, this moral lesson taught is another facet of the fable.

    Finally, The Humpback of Notre Dame is likely to be the most legendary. Reason being, there are no supernatural influences acting upon quasimodo’s quest. The most miraculous feat of the whole story is the fact that a literal mutant somehow survives atop the point of a clock tower for decades and somehow finds the social skills and charisma to woo a lovely gypsy lady. Like seriously, half of normal society can’t even do that, much less with a humpback (pun unintended).

  3. Out of the six movies used and shown in the video, “Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs”, I think all six can be classified as either a fable, myth, or legend.

    Starting off with the fables, I thought that The Lion King and Princess and the Frog fit that category perfectly. Fables are known to be fictional stories that involve animals, forces of nature, creatures, or any inanimate objects that are given human characteristics. The most important factor to a fable is that there is always a moral lesson to the story in the end, which both the Lion King and Princess and the Frog have. You can easily and clearly tell that these movies are fables as the talking animals are a dead giveaway.

    Next, Hercules and the Little Mermaid are most likely myths. Myths are usually based off of supernatural phenomenons and explain why certain things “exist”. Greek mythology is a popular example of common myths and is the reason I instantly knew the movie Hercules was a myth as he is Zeus’ son, a greek god. The Little Mermaid is definitely a myth simply because a mermaid is half human and half fish making it a mythical, supernatural creature. There is no way that these two movies exist or happen in the real world.

    Lastly, for legends, I thought Aladdin and the Hunchback of Notre Dame would fit best under this category, simply because these two movies portray human actions, besides the genie in Aladdin which can potentially pass as indirect “miracles”. Miracles are an exception when it comes to legends. Romel M. stated, “Reason being, there are no supernatural influences…” and that was also my reasoning as to why I thought these movies fit under the category of a legend. Both Aladdin and Quasimodo are human characters that obviously portray human actions which is the key factor to a legend, along with making the story appear to be true. The setting of each movie, Agrabah and Notre Dame, are real places that make the story convincible. Legends need to be as real as possible, nothing dramatically fictional.

  4. Throughout the video, “Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs” Ninja Panda Too used a narrative frame to explain the wildly popular theories regarding the intertwined elements of Disney movies. It introduced theories such as Scar (The Lion King) being skinned and shipped to Thebes, Greece (Hercules), the story of the cursed Prince (Beauty and the Beast) spread throughout Agrabah (Aladdin), or the same carpet and lamp from Aladdin was seen in New Orleans, USA decades after it’s original appearance. Out of the many films presented in this short I will dissect Hercules, The Princess and the Frog, and I will piggyback off Jaydalynn B. theory on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    Hercules (1997) was a Disney film inspired by the mythological creature Hercules. A myth is a traditional story explaining a natural phenomenon involving supernatural beings. In this tale Hercules has to prove his worth by preventing Hades from taking over the universe in order to return to Mount Olympus. Hercules and Hades are the supernatural beings in this myth and it has been retold from generation to generation.

    The Princess and the Frog is based on the tale, The Frog Prince which is about a Frog transforming into a handsome Prince after a spoiled Princess kisses him. In this version of the Grimm’s brother tale the independent and ambitious Tiana kisses the frog prince and becomes a frog after a case of mistaken identity. A fable is a short story which concludes with a moral whilst incorporating an inanimate object or animal. One of the main characters of the Princess and the Frog is the Frog which is the animal aspect of the fable. From beginning to the end, the story teaches its audience to not allow a person or thing to get in the way of one’s dreams.

    A legend is a non-historical or unverifiable story from the past which has been retold and well-known by the masses. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based on the story written by Victor Hugo about the intertwining friendship between Quasimodo and a Gypsy named Esmeralda who is under the wrath of the ironically corrupt Judge Claude Frollo. According to Jaydalynn B. “Legends need to be as real as possible, nothing dramatically fictional.” The elements of the tale is not overly dramatic, the setting is real, and the possibility of the events occurring in real life can be verifiable. Out of all the other movies presented in the video The Hunchback of Notre Dame best fits the definition of a Legend.

  5. The video, “Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs,” showed many instances of characters from Disney movies being represented in other movies that weren’t their own, which was the reason for the video. However, the question in the prompt says, “Do the movies shown clearly tell you which out of the three it is based on? How does it do so?” No, the video shows less than a minute clip for each movie so to get a feel for the movie and to figure out which movie was a myth, legend, or fable was unrealistic unless everybody had already seen the movies, which not everyone has. Although if I had to answer those specific questions I would have to say that in the clip for The Lion King it shows that that scene is teaching a fable. First, because they are all animals and second, because Mufasa says to Scar, “Don’t turn your back to me,” meaning physically as he is turning around. Then Scar replies, “Perhaps, you shouldn’t turn your back on me,” which Scar is meaning with the decisions that Mufasa had made or was going to make. So the moral would be to not turn your back on family or each other.

    To answer the rest of the prompt, the only other movie that is partly a myth, legend, or fable is Hercules, which is a myth. A myth tells the origin of how something came to be or why it did. Like Romel said, “Hercules is by definition a myth considering the fact that it comes from greek MYTHology, where interjection from the gods and other supernatural variables come into play.” Hercules is not a legend because legends are based on historical fact. The beginning of the movie is however, a myth because it tells the story of how Hercules who is the son of Zeus was born a god and lived on Olympus, but then became partly human because of interference and couldn’t live in Olympus anymore. The rest of the stories may have some fables or myths within it, like The Princess and the Frog teaching kids to work hard, but the rest of the story is a twist on the original fairy tale and fables are told using animals and although there are animals in the movie, that fable is taught through Tiana. The stories as a whole are not specifically a myth, legend, or fable. All the movies are fairy tales, that is what Walt Disney created them from. If the video had mentioned Pocahontas or Mulan, they would have been legends because those characters are based on true historical people. The rest of the movies are just well told stories.

  6. After watching the video, Disney Characters connected through Easter”, I can classify these Disney movies as a myth, fable, or a legend.
    The first movie I would like to cover is Hercules. I agree with Jaydalyn when she said “I instantly knew the movie Hercules was a myth as he is Zeus’ son, a Greek god.” I agree with this because any story containing Greek mythology will be classified as a myth. Another myth that was mentioned in the video was the Little Mermaid. Since mermaids do not exist, the movie will automatically be classified under a myth. In my opinion, The Lion King will fall under fable simply because fables are stories with animals as characters with a moral at the end.

  7. The stories I believe are legends are “Aladdin” and the “Hunchback of Notre Dame”. I think Jaydalynn said it best, “Both Aladdin and Quasimodo are human characters that obviously portray human actions which is the key factor to a legend, along with making the story appear to be true.” The stories that are fables are clearly “The Princess and the Frog” and “Lion King”; both movies show animals having human characteristics. The stories that are myths are “Hercules” and “The Little Mermaid”; both stories deal with gods and demigods. In Hercules he is the son of Zeus, and in The Little Mermaid Ariel is the daughter of Poseidon or King Neptune. All these movies clearly expressed which type of story they were.

  8. In “Ninja Panda Too’s YouTube” video, ‘The Disney Theory – Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs’ the video’s creators display a compilation of “Easter Eggs” throughout various Disney movies. However, the video also paints a representation of how several of the movies may or may not fall under the idea that they were based off a: fable, myth, or legend.

    By definition, a fable is, “a short story that incorporates animals as characters and has a general moral at the end.” Disney’s, The Lion King and The Princess and the Frog at first glance might fall into this category, but after further inspection, it may get a little bit more complicated. The Lion King is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s 15th-century tragedy, Hamlet. The origin and story of Hamlet itself derives from tradition and it is unclear where it comes from, but research suggests that there are similar stories originating from the Romans and Anglo-Saxons. Sure, the Lion King has fanciful creatures like the beloved Simba, but does it really hold true to what a fable embodies? Furthermore, The Princess and the Frog is an adaptation of Brother’s Grimm’s’ fairy tale, “The Frog Prince.” This might be closer to the ideal of a fable but the waters are still quite murky to say if it is truly a fable. Additionally, fables have one moral that is easily recognizable that the story revolves around – but that is not the case for these two Disney movies. What is the true moral of the Lion King? Is it: you are exactly the person that you think you are, Hakuna Matata, some people arrive in our lives only to serve their interests, or if you run – the past will keep haunting you? There is no definite moral to the story – so does that mean it’s not really a fable?

    Like Lindsey said, it is difficult to say if these Disney Classics are myths, fables, or legends because they’re fairy tales. There is no distinct way of telling if they fall into one specific category. Maybe that’s why as a culture we’re so infatuated with them because they’re aspects of all three genres.

  9. From what I know, only the movie Hercules was based on any pre-existing myths/fables/legends. I personally have not seen any of the movies anytime recently enough to remember their relevance, but from the titles alone, it can be deduced that Hercules is based off of the legend of Hercules, however the Princess and the Frog as well as Beauty and the Beast were both based off of fairy tales with the same name. Although it can be argued otherwise, fairy tales are not myths/legends/fables. The only movie left in the list is Hercules. Hercules is very clearly based off of the mythology behind the character. The other character’s names are the same, the story is the same, and even the setting is the same. Any of the other films could be argued any other way, but Hercules is the only one that stood out as truly based off of myth.

  10. According to the video, “The Disney Theory⎜Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs,” it explains the theory of Disney films in relation to each other. The theory is composed of a timeline, beginning in the vast grasslands where the “King of the Jungle” ruled to the modern scope of society. The ties are shown in every film through inconspicuous objects from previous films or strange appearances from renowned Disney characters.

    To answer the prompt, the 1997 film, Hercules, is categorized as a myth. Like Althaea stated, “A myth is a traditional story explaining a natural phenomenon involving supernatural beings.” Influenced by the mythological hero, Hercules, the film portrays the plot in a setting suitable for children. The incessant masculine hero, Hercules, defeats his sly envious brother, Hades, from overtaking the thrown in Mount Olympus.

    As of the 1996 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it is classified as a legend, which according to Jadalynn, is “human actions” that “can potentially pass as indirect ‘miracles.’” As a matter of fact, in the original novel, the notion that this “man” was born disfigured and lived in a cathedral ringing bells for a living is quite odd. Also, the fact that he swung down by a bell rope is incredulous, yet possible.

    Regarding the 2009 film, The Princess and the Frog, it is identified as a fable, which is a story, usually interpreted by animals, that contains valuable lessons. This film was an adaptation of the book The Frog Princess illustrating the morals of “never giving up” and “never judging people from the outer beauty.”

  11. To make it less confusing for myself, I just want to declare that I am going to use both the original and work and movies to clarify which are truly myth, legend, or fable.

    I had a difficult time determining the difference between fairy tales and fables since I believed that both could illustrate a message to the audience. The Lion King, Princess and the Frog, and Beauty and the Beast fit the outline of a fable the best because of the movie containing a moral message that focuses on a non-human character. While the Little Mermaid does have a mermaid as the main character, I felt that the story focused more on Ariel’s want for the prince rather than a moral. That would classify the movie as a fairy tale and not a fable.

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame, at first glance, appears to have the characteristics of a legend that “includes no happenings that are outside the realm of possibility.” I choose to not include the gargoyles in this analysis because it seems like an addition made for the “Disney flare.” Yet, when I looked up the book’s credibility to real events, it seems that Victor Hugo created the fictional character Quasimodo. Regardless, I will stay true to my declaration that the movie is in fact based on a legend because of its use of “verisimilitude.”

    When looking at all the movies, Lindsey explains it best that “the stories as a whole are not specifically a myth, legend, or fable.” Disney has made such diverse movies that they are also able to diversify the structure of their movies. The fact that most Disney movies have been based off fairy tales can influence the way they illustrate their later works that were present in the video.

  12. The Disney movie in the video clip that most resembled the story of a Fable was the Princess and the Frog. A fable usually consists of animals or inanimate objects that are personified to interact with the main characters; in the Princess and the Frog, the main character, Tiana, interacts with the Frog, who convinces her to kiss him. When she kisses the frog, he turns into her Prince by her unleashing the spell placed on him. A fable is often times ended by a valuable lesson learned, which makes the Princess and the Frog the effect example of a fable. The Disney movie Hercules was interesting to me because I categorized it under both a Myth and a Legend. The character of Hercules comes from a Greek Mythology story that many are familiar with. As Collin stated, “Hercules is very clearly based off of the mythology behind the character.” However, the original Mythological story of Hercules begins with his strong and all mighty characterization, detailing on his plans to defeat Hades. The Disney version of Hercules tells the story of how he came to be about, beginning from the time that he was a skinny and weak boy. That is what lends me to believe that the Disney version of Hercules is based off of a Myth, but is also a Legend at the same time.

  13. After watching, “The Disney Theory / Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs,” I had more of an idea about the interconnectedness of them rather than a clear idea about each movie being based on a myth, fable, or legend. To answer the question, I don’t think most of the Disney movies shown in the clip clearly demonstrate how each movie is based on any of the three categories. The only movie that I think remotely comes close is Hercules. Hercules is based of off a Greek myth depicting the story of a son of Zeus. He was known for incredible strength and successful feats against monsters. I think that if we wanted to talk about myths, legends, and fables, we should have looked a different films. As Lindsey stated, “If the video had mentioned Pocahontas or Mulan, they would have been legends because those characters are based on true historical people. The rest of the movies are just well told stories.”

  14. In the video, “The Disney Theory | Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs” there are six movies being mentioned. The movies I classifies as fables, were “The Lion King” and “The Princess and the Frog”. I classifies these two movies as fables because they both have animals with human characteristics. The two movies I found to be myths were, “Hercules” and “The Little Mermaid” because in both movies the main characters are the children of Gods. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Aladdin” are the legends of these six movies. As Jaydalynn said, “Legends need to be as real as possible, nothing dramatically fictional.” Although there are supernatural events in the movie “Aladdin”, the main character Aladdin is a regular person, he only finds supernatural things.

  15. The short video entitled, “The Disney Theory | Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs” shows some characters from Disney movies that appear in another Disney movie that is not their own. The movies mentioned within the video include The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog, and The Little Mermaid. I have not seen most these movies in a long time; therefore, it is difficult to draw correlations between the movie storylines and the characteristics of a myth, legend, and fable. However, the movie Hercules clearly fits the description of a myth because, the movie is based on greek mythology. Romel states, “Hercules is by definition a myth considering the fact that it comes from greek MYTHology, where interjection from the gods and other supernatural variables come into play”. Romel’s statement perfectly describes what a myth is, and how it can be related back to the movie Hercules.

  16. Like many before me, the stories listed can be classified as myth, legend or fable. As such, the Disney movies such as the Lion King and Aladdin can be categorized as fables, in part of the moral taught by such. In Aladdin, the moral of the story is dishonesty can be more harmful in the long-run, such as the plot character disguising himself as a wealthy prince to impress the princess of a respectful and feeble king. The Lion King, as Lindsay B. had wrote, “So the moral would be to not turn your back on family or each other,” played on the part of Scar as desirous and envious he was of Mufasa’s pride and position of power. These two stories can be labeled as a fable, owing to the fact of the morals indoctrinated into children at a young age. The story of Hercules is a worthy example of a myth; the courageous, heroic, humble characteristics of what makes a hero. The remaining stories are not purely based off the three criteria of:myth, fable, or legends. As Collin E. nicely placed it, “…it can be deduced that Hercules is based off of the legend of Hercules, however the Princess and the Frog as well as Beauty and the Beast were both based off of fairy tales with the same name. Although it can be argued otherwise, fairy tales are not myths/legends/fables.” These can be regarded as mere fairy tales as there is no clear indication of a moral, just the joyous cliche happy ending of a man and woman bound together by love.

  17. While watching the the video “The Disney Theory | Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs” the movie that most reminded me of a myth was Hercules. The reason I believe the movie Hercules is a myth is because it follows some of the basic characteristics of a myth. First the main character who is a hero and many times a god. Hercules in the Disney movie is a god as well as a hero. In the film Hercules is a hero of the people saving them from both magical creatures as well as natural disasters.

    A movie in the film that most resembled a fable to me was “The Princess and the Frog”. Throughout the entire film we are introduced to many animals who all have human like characteristics. The animals not only have the ability to speak but they have a sense of reason that helps lead the main character on her quest. The main reason i believe this film is a fable is because the moral at the end. I agree with Janina when she says the moral to “The Princess and the Frog” is “hard work is what truly makes a person get by in life”.

  18. Starting with legends, Hercules and The Little Mermaid fit the description. Both films are involved with supernatural phenomenon or beings, Hercules being the most obvious since he is in Greek mythology. For fables Lion King is the best example, there multiple morals in this film. For example, “Good always trump evil” and “Life goes on”. On top of that there’s talking animals, this is what makes up a fable. The Humpback of Notre Dame is considered a legend.

    There are no supernatural elements in the story, just human action. Like Jaydalynn put it, “Legends need to be as real as possible, nothing dramatically fictional.” Classifying was hard for me since I haven’t watched many Disney movies growing up so, I had to do a little research beforehand. Lion King and The Little Mermaid were the only two seen, but I was pretty quick to classify them. The characteristics fables, myth, legends, stood out in these films making it easy to label them.

  19. “The Disney Theory” explains to the audience how the stories told in various Disney movies are connected to each other. Each of the Disney movies presented in the video belong to the category of either fable, myth, or legend.

    Since the majority of these movies are fables, that’s where we’ll begin. I have identified The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog as fables. The reason why The Lion King is a fable is because all of the characters in the movie are anthropomorphic. Each of the characters can talk, think, and feel like humans can. The huge moral in this story to me is that if you keep running from your past then it will keep haunting you. Simba’s life is quite messy and complicated until he confronted his uncle and went back home. Beauty and the Beast is a fable as well because of the same reason. A lot of the supporting and minor characters are inanimate objects that talk, think, and feel like humans. But this is due to the objects being under a curse that turned them from human to inanimate objects that corresponded either with the personality or their job. This magical element, a curse, pretty much sets up what happens in the movie. For this reason, I would have to say that Beauty and the Beast is kind of mythical. The supernatural element is the driving force behind the story. The moral that I found in Beauty and the Beast is that inner beauty matters more than outer beauty. Beauty is more than just what is on the surface. True beauty comes from within; it’s about caring for other people and understanding them beyond what you can see. In Aladdin there are anthropomorphic characters as well which allows the movie to fit into the category of fable. Jafar’s parrot can talk, think, and feel like a human. Although Jasmine’s tiger doesn’t talk, it seems to think and feel like a human. But again, the main force driving this movie is the supernatural element of magic. There’s a magic flying carpet, a magic lamp, a magic genie, Jafar’s magic staff, the list goes on and on. The magic in the movie makes it also a bit mythical. The moral that I found in Aladdin was simply, “Honesty is the best policy.” Dishonesty never does anyone any good in the long run. Jafar doesn’t get the lamp and Aladdin and Jasmine have a temporary falling out. But when he started to be honest with her and himself, things started to turn around. Lastly for this category, there is The Princess and the Frog. The most obvious characters that are anthropomorphic are the two frogs. They make friends along the way, an alligator and a firefly, that are also anthropomorphic. But how did these people turn into frogs? Magic! This supernatural occurrence also makes this movie kind of mythical. The lesson that I found in this movie was that two people in a relationship should promote self growth within each other. In the movie Tiana and Naveen learn so much about themselves from the time they’ve spent together. Naveen learns self-sacrifice and Tiana learns to relax and take the time to enjoy life.

    Now let’s go into detail about myths that are truly myths. First off is, The Little Mermaid. This movie fits this category because of the mythical creature of the mermaid, half human and half fish. There is also a great deal of magic involved from King Triton’s triton and Ursula’s witchy powers that steals Ariel’s beautiful voice. One can argue that The Little Mermaid can fit into the category of fable as well because of all the underwater animals that are anthropomorphic. I don’t disagree. A lot of these movies overlap in each of the categories. Now we get to the movie about the great Greek hero “Hunky Herc” Hercules. Hercules seems like one of the easiest ones to put into a category since it is well-known that he is a part of Greek mythology. There is a lot of magic involved in the movie of Hercules, mainly the powers that each God or demigod possess.

    Finally we have the category of legend. The only movie in “The Disney Theory” video that could have the possibility of happening and no questionable occurrences is The Hunchback or Notre Dame. The only thing that is questionable about this movie is probably the talking and moving statues, but that could be easily explained as something that the hunchback was imagining. Since he was isolated for a long time maybe he created his own friends in his mind.

    I slightly disagree with Chris when he says, “Maybe that’s why as a culture we’re so infatuated with them because they’re aspects of all three genres.” I think Disney movies are more than just fun and romantic stories with characters that sing their way through problems. These movies contain patterns and common characteristics that have been ingrained into our heads to identify as aspects of fables, myths, and legends. Yes, each of the movies have overlapping characteristics of the three narrative types, but I think the creators meant to do that. Entertainment can be educating sometimes.

  20. In the video titled The Disney Theory / Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs the narrator goes through some of the hidden disney Easter Eggs in some disney movies. However, there are a lot more easter eggs in other movies as well. I believe that the disney creators simply did this either to just show some of their other works in the movies or as a game for people to see if they would notice. As I have been raised as what I would like to call a disney baby, I have seen almost every single disney movie. Looking back I never looked to see whether or not the movie I was watching was a myth, legend, or fable, but now seeing as we are learning about these genres I have a whole new look on various disney movies. For example, the movie Aladdin is about a “street rat” who discovers a magic lamp and obtains three wishes. Looking at this I believe it is a fable. One reason I believe it is a fable is because it has talking animals and object like the money, the bird, and the magic carpet. Another reason I believe it is a fable is because it has various supernatural elements such as a genie. In addition another reason I believe it is fable is because it has a moral to the story, dishonesty does more harm than good. This is because Aladdin lies about being a sultan to try and get the girl, but when she finds out she is disappointed that he lied to her. Talking about what we learned a little while back I have some characters in Aladdin who I believe commit deadly sins. Jafar for examples commits greed, the parrot Iago commits gluttony, Princess Jasmine commits pride, and Aladdin commits envy. I agree with Alex Falk when he says the movie The Princess and the frog is a fable, due to things like the talking frogs, the black magic, and various morals within the movie. As for the other movies some of them I believe are just made up folktales used to entertain.

  21. I think that Hercules was a myth for sure. When I think of a myth I always think of the Greeks, and all their famous myths. Hercules is a myth because Greeks used Hercules to explain natural phenomenon. But now that I think about I think it can also be a legend because Hercules can be seen as a larger than life character. He was descended from Zeus and completed the twelve labors, he could have been an ordinary man that did some extraordinary thing. When he becomes a legend the story of Hercules gets out of proportion and the story keeps getting passed down. Another
    A movie that I thought was a fable was Lion King. It is a fable because it gives the animal characters human like characteristics. A fable must also have a moral. I think the Lion King had many morals, one of them would be “respect your elders”, “you don’t know what you have til it’s gone” and “be careful who you trust”. Lion King is a very good fable because it has many more morals than the ones I listed.
    I agree with Kenny when he says that the Little Mermaid would classify as a myth because mermaids are not real. To add on to that I think it is also a myth because of Triton. He can be seen as Poseidon the god of the sea in Greek mythology.

  22. Before answering the prompt. When I saw the video’s titles I thought that the video producers were going to connect Disney movies with Easter eggs. My opinion was way off I tell you.

    Now back to the prompt. The video was more concentrated on the characters of the Disney movie than the movie itself. So I shall focus on the characters. All the characters are either based on myths, legends, or fables.

    When they mentioned about Hercules, Phil was the guide of the Hercules to become a true hero and he was an animal that could speak. That is an example of a fable because at the end of the movie it had a moral. That the will of sacrificing himself, he gain what he wanted and that was to return to Mt. Olympus with his parents. This includes the characters from The Lion King and Aladdin.

    For a myth, it is to create a fictional thing or someone. For example, The Little Mermaid. It was to believe that mermaids do exist in the ocean. So they used that to make the movie into a children’s movie. Again it includes the movie Aladdin with their magic lamp that creates a genie and you suddenly have three wishes and Hercules with gods.

    Legend is based on a historical time or a real life event. The characters that related to this was the main characters of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Princess and the Frog. They take at a real place with what the people thought during the time of the movies. They are not real, but has some backgrounds or relatable situations we might have or go through.

    It does not show me clearly what the characters of the movies are because each movie can be in all the categories or one. All of the movies presented on the video either show some aspects of a fable, legend, or myth, but it is hard to say. Like Christopher said, “There is no distinct way of telling if they fall into one specific category.” it is just how an individual perceives it.

  23. With the topic of fables, myths, and legends a famous example of these narrative types is the Disney Movies. In the video shown, titled “The Disney Theory| Disney Characters connected through Easter Eggs” movies, expressed all types of movies containing a myth, or expressing any of the other forms of plot progression. The common action by this part uses these narrative types to elaborate on a moral given through a story plotline. When viewing Disneys storytelling the most prominent movie, or most obvious, in my opinion, expressing the traits of a fable would be “The Lion King” due to its ability to anthropomorphize its animals to live within a circle of life, expressing the good and bad of living but ultimately expressing that life will go on and the good will always prevail over evil.

    Disney has also dabbled in presenting its audience with legends, such as the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In this movie, it expresses traits not of immortal qualities, this gives the plot of the movie a realness that a legend plot would continue towards. The ability for the movie to express those traits, applied to a legend, give it the chance to fall under that category. As Jadalyn stated, “.. obviously portray human actions which is the key factor to a legend, along with making the story appear to be true.” the basis of a legend is to contain some truth within the realm of the storyline.

    Lastly, a myth explained in the video shown, obviously, renders to the movie, “Hercules”, this movie is specifically drawn from greek mythology and expresses itself with the abilities of a god to do supernatural things. The method of this movie to enhance the abilities of a human, basing it off the character himself, and give them specific traits allows the story to become a myth derived from a folktale.

  24. By definition, none of the movies could be a myth or fable from what we have learned in class. Hercules is the only legend because the story is based on a historical figure. With the other films, they have the characteristic of the three types of writings but none have a moral to them so they cannot be fables and none of them are based on the reason why something exists so they cannot be myths. The stories are just that stories. I do not agree with Kenny when he said, “the Little Mermaid would classify as a myth because mermaids are not real.” Myths are not only stories about things that do not exist there has to be a tie to something that exists.

  25. In the video “The Disney Theory | Disney connected through Easter Eggs”, it shows multiple snippets of Disney movies and how they are intertwined into the same universe. For the most part, more than half of all the Disney movies shown can be categorized as fables. For example Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and the Frog clearly are fables because they are stories with talking animals and a moral that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it can be found not only in people’s exterior but on the inside as well. Of course it also has the generic lesson that true love triumphs all evil, but that is one of the lesser morals. The Lion King is a fable as well, because it is a story that once again features talking animals and teaches us that we should never forget our roots. Lastly, The Little Mermaid is a fable for the once again characteristic of talking animals, and the moral is to create your own dreams and path.
    The only myth in the video Hercules because of its actual Greek mythology roots. Also, there is only one possible legend is The Hunchback of Notre Dame because it has some historical background.
    The blog does not clearly state whether it is a fable, myth, or legend because the video is only three minutes long with just seconds clips of the movies. All the information I had came from me watching the movies before.

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