Throughout all Disney films there is a sense of social ranking placed within the narrative. These social rankings fall in line with Disney's capitalistic nature, because it leads audiences to believe (subconsciously or not) that there is a "correct" order in which we are divided into based on power and prestige. This hierarchal pattern leads to needing the "right" ruler in charge, but who determines this? In Disney films it seems that they are simply born to lead. *So not democratic*
The "Good" and The "Bad"
If you've never seen The Lion King (which my goodness I hope is not the case), I'm sure you could pick up on which of these characters is which. That is because Disney does an excellent job of detailing villains in a way that makes them stand out. The dark shadowing of Scar (left), and sharp pointed edges of his face symbolize danger. it is common for dark, black characters to be the villain, which is an issue in of itself, while lighter, white characters are seen as good and heroic (way to go Disney). Children learn at a very young age how to distinguish the "good" from the "bad" thanks to Disney, and you can imagine what problems occur with this definition subconsciously holding relevance when it comes to steering clear of danger.
This idea that there is one or a few who dominate society, while the rest take a back seat to the action parallels capitalistic ideals, and is central to Disney's hidden agenda. What is interesting is the idea that it takes someone special, of a certain social degree to bring about justice and peace. While democracy centers on the idea that the people hold the power to evoke change, it seems that in Disney narratives the commoners have little to no power. They remain two dimensional, and have no true effect on the plot of the story.
Self fulfilment are accompanied only by the stories' elite in Disney narratives. Unlike in democracy, hard work and perseverance means nothing for the commoner. Self realization is simply a land that only the greats can revel in, while the middle class takes a back seat. However, this does not excuse the working class from working. They remain secondary characters throughout Disney films, living a life secluded from the stories elite. While democracy appreciates and awknowledges the work of the commoner, knowing society would not be able to function without them, Disney promotes the idea that the most important thing is the social elite and their quest for self fulfilment.
Elite Self Fulfilment
The Adventures of Robin Hood follows in line with this idea of self fulfilment. The stories main focus is Robin Hood's quest for justice and love, while the working class is underrepresented. The commoners get very little screen time, and their story is unimportant to the plot. If anything, their screen times builds sympathy, and reinforces Robin Hood's quest, highlighting the importance of the elite's adventure.