Disney names of Friends and Foes

@Modestah (11192)
United States
April 26, 2007 10:45am CST
Have you ever noticed some of the names of the Disney villains are derived from unpleasant terms? and the heros are nicely named? Malefficent sounds like maleficent Cruella De'ville like cruel devil LOL, I started this and now can not think of any other examples. ------------------------------------------------- Mary POPins popped in at just the right moment. Being "practically" perfect in every way - I can't help but wonder if she was supposed to be a parody of Our Lady the Blessed Virgin Mother.
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@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
27 Apr 07
BUt how do you explain Pooh? I love pooh but his name has a vey yucky meaning!
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• United States
26 Apr 07
I think it is supposed to be that way. We don't want the 'bad guys' to have appealing names. If Cruella was named something pretty, she would be less threatning. If Cinderella was named something awful, she wouldn't be such an inspiring girl. The little girls wouldn't admire her as much if her name was Drizella or something that didn't match her beauty and kindness. Just like on 'Lion King'. Mufasa carries the correct name because it sounds powerful and mighty. Sarabi has the name because it sounds like something royal and queen-like. Rafiki(my fave) is wise and crafty, like a medicine man. This is just my theory, take it for what it's worth.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I agree with you. Mufasa always made me think of the Mafia. heh. also all the heroines are fair skinned probably to make us think of purity - the wicked were always portrayed as dark haired and darker skinned, old and wrinkly at times too. I think this is a dangerous thing though because it does train us perhaps to think of the less comely to be less virtuous or the more comely to be more virtuous. but often times it is the prettiest of people with the most dangerous persona.
• United States
27 Apr 07
Dangerous persona- here's one for you. How about kids named 'Damien'?? What are their parents thinking? And 'Chastity' or something like that. Silly parents, do they think the kid will like it when they grow up?
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
1 May 07
there is a great Saint honored named Damien, so that is probably what they were thinking - bet that movie the Omen ruined the name for a lot of people...could you imagine if you were a little kid named Damien when that came out?
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Yup, it seems that way. Scar.. Lion King, Demona from Gargoyles, Madame Medusa.. The Rescuers, Shere-Khan.. Jungle book, MacLeach..Rescuers Down Under.. all of these have horrid sounding names. The list could go on and on too. I realized that they always give them horrible names and mostly make them ugly or old or fat (like Ursula in Little Mermaid) I love Mary Poppins...lol. I don't know about her being a parody of the Virgin Mother though. I think they give them these names and looks to help kids know which ones are the villains. Kids pay a lot less attention to things than we do, so it usually has to be somewhat obvious. If they have a cute little bunny named Flopsy, they will have a hard time passing that off to kids as "evil" ya know.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
27 Apr 07
If they have a cute little bunny named Flopsy, they will have a hard time passing that off to kids as "evil" ya know. (end quote) that must be why I found "Hoodwinked" so disturbing!
• United States
1 May 07
I saw Hoodwinked at the theater with my kids..haha oh and thank you, thank you very much !!