Monday, April 8, 2013

disney movies are tragedies masquerading as kids' films

think about it.  how many disney movies can you name where some tragic event occurs, leaving our main character mom- or dad- or parent-less?  this is a disturbing trend in disney movies. check it out:

disney movies where there is a traditional family - mom, dad, and kids - are pretty few and far between.  off the top of my head, i can think of 4 - lady and the tramp, sleeping beauty, the incredibles, and pocahontas.  

think about stories where at least one parent (usually mom) is killed - bambi, the lion king, and finding nemo.

and then you have the stories where one parent (again, usually mom) is never seen - snow white, cinderella (mom died before the story started), the little mermaid, beauty and the beast, and aladdin (jasmine's mother is never mentioned).  toy story features a single mother. 

and then the movies with no parents at all - aladdin (aladdin is obviously parent-less) and monsters, inc (seriously, where are boo's parents?!)in the rescuers, poor little penny is an orphan.  alice (alice in wonderland) has a sister, but what about her parents?  tarzan loses his parents in a tragic tiger attack and is left to be raised by gorillas!  what?!  in lilo and stitch, you have tragedy on top of tragedy - her parents are gone, so she's being raised by her sister, but then a social worker (giving all of us social workers a bad name) shows up and tries to take lilo from her sister!  geez, disney! 

when you think about it, disney movies are seriously tragic!  how do we let our kids watch these things?  i mean, come on.  you can't tell me that up wasn't one of the saddest movies you've ever seen....


Anonymous said...

I'm actually NOT a huge fan of disney movies...I feel like I'm the only one sometimes. The tragic storylines are part of why I don't really like them....

Maria said...

ohmygosh, my friends warned me that Up was so sad and within five minutes of turning it on, i was sitting there balwing.
have a great tuesday, erin! thank you so much for the well wishes. :)