Disney Flowers, requested by Gr8-ness.
Alright alright let’s talk the language of flowers here for a sec cause I’m a dork
Snow White there is picking wildflowers. These are associated with love, affection, and freedom. Yellow means cheerfulness, blue means sadness and is sometimes a reference to the sea or the sky (which both indicate freedom).
Cinderella is running past either forget-me-not or highly stylized lavender (I can’t tell because of the lighting). Say it’s forget-me-not: obviously, remember this night, it’s gonna be special. Lavender would leave this as distrust. For the lack of trust, I’m going to go with forget-me-not in blue- more sadness!
Aurora’s fairy godmother throws Camellias out of that basket. Note that they are a purple color- stands for royalty. Camellias stand for graciousness. Now I don’t know what it says that the godmother is throwing them out, but it’s nice to imagine that the godmother is trying to hide Aurora’s royalty from her and wants her to act less like royalty (gracious, poised, elegant- these aren’t generally associated with peasant women in this era). They could also be Ranunculus, which stands for radiance. Which godmother would also want to hide.
Ariel’s flower really looks like an Amaryllis, which stands for drama. They also look a bit like Star of Bethlehem, though the coloring is all wrong (they grow in mostly white). They stand for hope, which does make sense. She’s wearing a pink flower, which stands for friendship and caring; these are both qualities of Ariel. She’s picking yellow flowers, indicating- and I’m not joking here- that she’s hopelessly in love. So, uhm, yeah.
On to Belle and her pink rose! Looks to be a spray rose. Pink is gratitude, caring, friendship, all qualities that the witch wanted Beast to have when she cursed him, and all qualities that Belle teaches him. The rose itself represents love, honor, faith, beauty, passion, elegance, balance, wisdom, intrigue, devotion, sensuality, and timelessness. That last one cracks me up, cause the witch put him under a time-specific spell. But the rest of that are all things the witch wanted the Beast to have.
The flower that Aladdin gives to Jasmine is a Gardenia. They stand for joy- he’s giving her joy, taking her away from what makes her sad, how freakin cute is that?? White is purity, remembrance, truth- he wishes he could tell her the truth, he wants her to have a free night to remember, and we all know that Disney love is pure.
Pocahontas and her sunflowers- adoration! She adores nature, doesn’t she? And she also adores John Smith (let’s all ignore that this is historically inaccurate for a bit). Yellow is zealousness, cheerfulness, being hopelessly in love, and being a secret admirer. I’m thinking these things apply more to John Smith in this situation.
Mulan’s father has cherry blossoms falling around him. In Japanese tradition, this would symbolize the transience of life, or a samurai who sacrificed his life for the emperor. Due to the way they grow, they can also be clouds. They are a kind of flower of death- the pink and white suggest purity and elegance. If I remember correctly, these flowers fall in a scene where Mulan’s father is certain she is dead. She almost does die, sacrificing herself for her country and emperor. She’s got the elegance of a trained soldier, and the purest intentions of joining the army: to save her father.
The flower in Tiana’s mom’s hat is white magnolia- purity, remembrance, forgiveness, and dignity. Eudora, as far as I can tell (please don’t hate me because I haven’t seen this movie yet!) is a very dignified woman. I mean, come on, you kind of have to be if you’re the best seamstress in town. But she also wants her daughter to be happy, not just hardworking. She’s a big force in remembering Tiana’s father. The movie itself has a whole lot of lilies in it, specifically water lilies, which indicate pleasure and peace.
Mother Gothel takes a blue daisy out of Rapunzel’s hair. A daisy is innocence, and I think we can all agree that Rapunzel is an innocent little cutie for a good portion of the movie, and holds on to that innocence despite all the crap that happens to her. Blue can represent faith, youth, calmness, and truth. Rapunzel lies maybe once or twice to her mother and is otherwise a truthful character. She’s young and happy. She’s adorable. This flower captures her in a big way. When she’s got the full- on braid, she has mountain meadow flowers, buttercups, and dwarf wooly meadowfoams in her hair, all wildflowers, encapsulating her wild spirit.
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