If you don’t think there is something suspicious about the fact that the last three princess films have, yes, starred 1-2 strong female characters but are otherwise completely saturated with unnecessary male characters, then I don’t know what to tell you.
Like in Tangled, yeah we had Rapunzel and Mother Gothel (and the silent queen i guess) who were interesting and had a complex relationship, but then we had Flynn and like 15 different rogues and the two redhead brothers and the soldiers and for good measure we’re gonna make the chameleon and the horse male too.
In Frozen,we had Elsa and Anna who were complex-ish and the main characters (and the queen for one line) but then we have Kristoff and Hans and the King who speaks/is on screen much more than his wife, and the Weasletown dude and his entourage and Oaken and Olaf and most of the trolls are male and Sven is even male and even fucking Marshmallow. This one is more egregious because they deleted like two or three female characters from the original story and added in the dudes.
Brave is slightly better because in addition to Merida and Elinor who are awesome, we also have the Witch who I adore. But even past that we still have Merida’s father and her three brothers, and like four clans worth of dudes including three leaders and their sons. Even the demon bear and her horse were male.
And if you think about it, that’s really been a trend since Beauty in the Beast in all of the princess films. Belle has Mrs. Potts and the Wardrobe, sure but then there’s also her father and Gaston and Lefou and the Beast and Lumiere and Cogsworth and Chip and even the aslyum director or whatever. Jasmine is the only girl in her film. Pocahontas, Nakoma and Grandmother Willow are alone in a sea of men both white and brown (as well as a dog, hummingbird and raccoon). The first ten minutes of Mulan have several women, but only four with actual names. And from then on out she’s surrounded by hundreds of men and she herself isn’t even viewed as a woman by the other characters.
Princess and the Frog was really the first since the Little Mermaid who had as many awesome women as it did men. But then it went right back to where it was.
We’ve had tons of films that were 99% male characters with almost no women in the films but it’s like lately Disney has said “ok yeah we have these strong female characters, but they are going to be the only two women in the film because we still need to meet our almost-all-men quota!”
It’s kind of similar to the invisible diversity in a way. “yes we have a black princess but we have to make her an animal for most of the movie”
It’s like brownie points without really trying that hard.