Salem Ilese of the United States performs the song “Mad at Disney.” HomeMade Projects, a joint venture of TenThousand Projects, launched it all on July 24, 2020, as well as Caroline Distribution distributed it. The pop song was created about Ilese growing disillusioned about love after acquiring false expectations of romance from watching Disney Princess movies. This was inspired by songwriter Jason Hahs’ disillusionment after viewing the 2019 version of The Lion King. The song gained a lot of traction on TikTok, a video-sharing app.
“Mad at Disney” was composed in August 2019 by vocalist Salem Ilese and songwriters/producers Bendik Mller and Jason Hahs throughout a writing session. The track “Mad at Disney” is indeed a pop hit. It has a pace of 114 beats per minute and is written inside the key of C major. The range of Ilese’s voice is from a low A3 to a high E5. The instrumentation of the track is “synth-heavy.” The lyrics depict Ilese’s disillusionment with love as just a result of bad experiences within her personal relationships, as opposed to the fairy tale romances depicted in Disney movies. Inside the second verse, retellings of both the Disney flicks Cinderella as well as Sleeping Beauty are included, wherein Cinderella and Prince Charming divorce after Aurora is betrayed by her prince, respectively.
“Mad at Disney” was dubbed “a heck of a pop song” by Stereogum’s Chris DeVille, who wrote that it “manages to sound just like any other new pop song on the radio while still sticking out from the pack.” Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight described the track as “a skipping, four-on-the-floor pop rocket.” In an article for Marie Claire, singer-songwriter Mollie King described the song as “subtle yet tremendously pertinent,” describing the lyrics as “thought-provoking,” as well as comparing Ilese to Julia Michaels.