Of all the theater districts in the world, Time Square is probably the most mainstream of them all. But this doesn’t mean there is no room left for a little edginess and irony. Hipster Disney Princess the Musical (if a single song can be called a musical) shows Time Square still has plenty of room for alternativeness. In Hipster Disney Princess the Musical, Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White take over Time Square to show off how quirky, edgy and of course, hipster Disney characters can be with hilarious results.
Considering that the song is less than a minute and a half in its entirety, I was pretty impressed with how many jokes they were able to squeeze into it. From Kombucha tea and thrift stores to vinyl records and poetry readings, this song touches on an incredible amount of hipster stereotypes at a rapid fire pace. While Hipster Disney Princess the Musical certainly isn’t the funniest number I’ve seen, it may just take the cake for having more punch lines per second of song.
Although the cast of beloved childhood characters begins lampooning the hipster culture right off the bat, I found they really hit their stride at about 33 seconds into the video. This is where Snow White boasts about talking to birds before Twitter and Ariel proclaims her love of sushi. I’m not sure if eating sushi makes Ariel a cannibal or not, but as Belle points out, it is at least ironic at some level.
My personal favorite part was when Snow White sings:
See when a tree falls in the forest
And there is no one there to hear it
You can bet we’ve bought the vinyl
In a close second was Ariel asking, “Do you like my bra?/It’s organic!” I’ve yet to see seashell bras in Wholefoods, but if this video gets enough traction, they might start popping up.
Ariel and Snow White continue to dominate the comedic bits through out the rest of the song. And even when they aren’t cracking jokes, I thought they were the best actresses. All of the princesses are clearly trying to look smug, self important and bored at the same time, but Snow White definitely pulled it off the best — especially with her half-hearted dance at 1:06. And when Ariel isn’t being funny, she’s at least being adorable.
Belle and Cinderella, on the other hand, seemed pretty lackluster. They didn’t have as many lines and probably with good reason. However, I may be somewhat biased as The Little Mermaid and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves were the only two Disney Princess movies I’d allow my sisters to make me watch while growing up. If I didn’t have the time or inclination to watch Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella as a small child, I certainly don’t care about Belle or Cinderella now.
While the song does nail a whole lot of jokes in a very brief amount of time, I thought that if they had made it a little longer it could have been far better. For example, a slightly longer version may have allowed for more variation within the melody. As it is, I kind of felt like the entirety of Hipster Disney Princess the Musical was the build up for a part of the song that just never occurred. Another reason I wish it were longer is so that the chorus could have been stronger. Finally, instead of a quick succession of one-liners, the lyrics and jokes may have benefited from a bit more depth if the song were fleshed out more.
Even though the song is short and mostly one quick joke after another, it does have a little bit of an overriding theme to it. Namely that the Hipster Disney Princesses are all trying so hard to make themselves individual, that they are all turning into the same person. This is definitely shown with their matching Starbucks cups and oversized plastic glasses, and n case you weren’t paying attention, the lines “We are so unique/We are all the same!”
I don’t really blame them or think they are any worse off as hipsters. In my eyes the real Disney Princesses are all pretty much the same too. They’re a bunch of tall, thin, pretty girls with beautiful voices and an evil parent/step-parent/fiancé. They then disobey or run away from said evil person. Cast away from their family/town/castle, they find the man of their dreams through a few song and dance numbers. If my whole peer group was that similar I’d try my best to distinguish myself too. Where they go wrong in Hipster Disney Princess the Musical is by all trying to distinguish themselves in the same way.