In response to the election of Donald Trump and the resulting celebration of the wealthy, bigotry and hatred, The Walt Disney Company is changing the ending of its classic animation films to be more in tune with Trump’s America.
Instead of the original “happy endings” where the brave, morally principled hero or heroine wins out, the new endings to Disney films will portray the character that used to be seen as the villain, as the “tells it like it is” hero or heroine of the film. Here is a list of Disney films and the possible new endings that they may have:
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
The Queen will instead be a narcissistic, power and image obsessed King who constantly asks his Magic Mirror, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is truly the most magnificent of all?”, and will be told that he is but there is another named Snow White who has more of the popular vote on being the most magnificent. The King will vow to “lock her up” and despite the attempts of the Seven Dwarfs to define him as “unstable”, we cheer for him to defeat her and the dwarfs and reign over the kingdom from its reflection in his mirror.
The character of Cruella De Vil is changed to be more sympathetic, as a brilliant businesswoman and her exploitation of the puppies by killing them, skinning them and turning them into a fur coat succeeds and makes her a celebrity designer with her own cruel reality show, “The Apprentice Furrier”. The trend of heartlessly killing domestic pets for their fur catches on, she becomes a self-proclaimed billionaire and while dalmatians soon become an endangered species, at the end she is appointed by The President as Secretary of the Interior.
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit discover that Judge Doom has bought up the Red Line public rail system in L.A. and is crushing those who stand in his way so he can destroy the establishment of Toontown and build a freeway in its place that will profit himself and his rich oil industry buddies. Doom succeeds and all the joyful animated characters are dissolved in a trickle-down of Dip.
The “Supers” who use their powers for good are seen as “coddling” the public and are outlawed. The superpowered Parr family risk their lives to use their powers again to stop Syndrome from conquering the world. As a hateful, grudge-holding man with big and unnatural, brightly colored hair, Syndrome stages a propaganda act to fool the public into supporting him and cheering his defeat of the Parrs to bring the world’s establishment under his amusing dictatorial power.
Earth has become a wasteland and people now live a sedentary life under corporate domination. The movie is simply cut down to being two minutes long since it already is a happy ending.
As with the Trump years, it’s all about the ending.