Disney is often hailed as the oppressor of the new, making women seem traditional and two dimensional and giving people unrealistic standards of beauty and reality. However, in both their princess movies and their historically-based movies, Disney is focusing on making people more realistic.
“This time, Cinderella and all the characters are real people, except when Cinderella’s humorous Fairy Godmother changes a pumpkin into a coach with coachmen and horses. The movie’s human characters are far more real than you would expect in a Cinderella movie, revealing sorrow, fear, anger, deep, genuine love or palpable, controlled hatred (the stepmother). Australian classical actress Cate Blanchett plays the cruel stepmother.”