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Disney’s new take on The Nutcracker is the latest fairytale remake to ditch romance for girl-centred empowerment It’s a good job Disney has anchored the fairytale sector of its operation around princesses. Princes are pretty much expendable these days. They’re so last century. And when they do turn up in movies, they’re not exactly marriage material anyway. As in Frozen, where one literal prince plots to seize the royal throne, and another figurative prince – the hero Kristoff – is not even required to deliver the curse-breaking “love’s true kiss”. The princess sisters can do it for themselves, thanks. Disney’s latest offering, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, follows a similar modern tradition. A lavish special-effects fantasia inspired by the fairytale/ballet, it centres on a young girl who enters a magical world and discovers she is really a princess. The nutcracker of the title is a loyal, brave, eligible soldier (British actor Jayden Fowora-Knight), but romance is not remotely on the cards. Not any more. A princess needs a prince like a fish needs a prenup. Most of the old fairytales would be better without the princes too, it seems. Earlier this month, Kristen Bell – Frozen’s Princess Anna herself – admitted that she shows her young daughters classic Disney films more for purposes of education than entertainment. “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell says she asked her daughters. “Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!” Continue reading...