July 15, 2009

What's up with Disney?

Someone please tell me what Disney has against mothers? Or how about parents in general?

Curious? Read on and please comment - what's your theory on this?

o Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - Dead Mother / Evil Stepmother

o Pinocchio – No Mother – only Gepetto

o Bambi – mom dies in a fire – how awful is that?!?

o Cinderella - Dead Mother / Evil Stepmother

o Alice In Wonderland – No mother, only sister

o Peter Pan – no parents for Peter or the lost boys…boo!

o Sleeping Beauty – Evil Maleficent is all we get in this one – Aurora apparently has parents but doesn’t live with them – what the…?!?

o The Jungle Book – no parents – sorry

o Robin Hood – parents who?!? No parents. For anyone…

o The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh – we assume Christopher Robin has parents – but we never hear or see from them?

o The Rescuers – No parents, orphaned and kidnapped by the evil Madame Medusa

o The Fox And The Hound – no parents

o The Little Mermaid – No mother – just evil Ursula and King Daddy Triton

o Beauty And The Beast – No mother. Just Daddy the Bookworm

o Aladdin – No parents for Aladdin and no mother for Jasmine

o Pocahontas – No mother, just Daddy and the tribe

o The Hunchback Of Notre Dame - No parents - orphaned

o Mulan – Mother is old and has NO role – only Dad has the role

o Tarzan – No parents – raised by monkeys and stuff

o The Emperor's New Groove – No parents. Just a teenager ruling an empire on his own. Eh?

o Lilo And Stitch – No parents – dead in a car accident and being raised by her sister.

o Brother Bear – hello! No parents – just brothers

o Bedknobs And Broomsticks – no parents - orphaned

o A Bug's Life – no parents for Flik. Sniffle.

o The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe – Dead. Dead. Dead.

o Enchanted – no mother for our main character Giselle or for the daughter (Morgan) of her love interest. Just an evil stepmother named Queen Narissa

o Finding Nemo – hello! Momma Fishie bites the dust in the opening act…

o James And The Giant Peach – no parents – only evil aunts

o Monsters, Inc. – Poor little “Boo” – we never see any mother or father for her

o Pete's Dragon – no parents – orphaned – has to hang with dragons

o Ratatouille – Remy the Rat appears to have no mother, just a father and brother

o Toy Story – mom is sort of there for the little boy, but we never see her. And where is Dad?

o UP! – Beloved Ellie is the only female character and she dies. (sigh) Our main boy “Russell” seems to have a Dad only who is never around for him.

Ok - discuss...

(interesting though..huh?)


Valerie said...

This is an easy one. If you have a mother....EVERYTHING is OK.

She protects and cares for you, give you everything you need if necessary will die for you.

There aren't any realy struggles if you have a mother on your side.

Mother = Grace, kindness, safety, acceptance and love. Talent on loan from God.

Love V

The Gang's Momma! said...

Yeah. What V said.

Plus, being without a mother makes you more vulnerable to the snares of the world, in these dramatic scenarios.

Dramatic story = more impactful classic moral tale told.

Eloise said...

In Vivian's favorite Disney movie, Dumbo, Mrs. Dumbo is a wonderful mother, but she spends most of the movie in jail...

Emy said...

Yeah... what the heck??? :o)

Sue said...

Disney hits kids at their most primal level...the loss of that mother/child relationship. I for one am tired of it in ALL of the movies. As the mother of an adoptive child it irks me to no end that this theme is constantly intertwined in what is supposed to be good fun entertainment. I for one always review or preview all movies and certainly avoid a lot of these. It is overkill in my book!
Thanks for a good post on this subject, I knew I could not have been the only one bugged by this.