Should You Let Your Kids Watch These Disney Movies?
Disney Movies, we have all grown up with them, but are they as innocent as they first appear?
I am in a parenting group on Facebook, well one of many.
A particular question was posed the other day, whereby a parent was concerned about the subliminal messages in the very popular kids movie “Frozen”.
The question stated that with murder plots afoot and plenty of evil doings, is this movie appropriate for a three year old?
My younger two girls are huge “Frozen” fans and can practically recite and sing the whole movie from start to finish. So far I can’t see any adverse reactions from them having watched it so many times.
This question however got me thinking.
Our kids, ourselves and even our parents have been brought up on Disney movies, should we maybe just maybe, be a little concerned with some of plot lines of our favourite movies?
1. Finding Nemo
After a very traumatic entrance into the world whereby his brother, sisters and mother are murdered, Nemo then has to struggle to grow up with an overpowering and overprotective father who thinks doom is just around every corner.
When Nemo totally disregards his fathers authority he is abducted and imprisoned against his will. A desperate struggle then issues for Marlin, Nemos father, as he embarks on a quest to find and rescue his son.
He enlists the help of “recovering addict” sharks, a mentally ill Blue Tang and LSD high turtles.
Desperation then turns to save Nemo from a psychotic fish killer who makes her grand entrance to the theme music from “Psycho”.
2. Snow White and The Seven Dwarves
A young princess survives multiple murder attempts by her deranged Stepmother, eventually seeking refuge and moving in with 7 strange men.
She breaks and enters into their house and then proceeds to clean it.. I mean what else would you do?
Her main duties from that day on are to cook and clean for these 7 men, who expect nothing in return.
She is ultimately poisoned by the very woman who sought her destruction (she obviously hadn’t been warned to not accept food from strangers).
She is then awakened from her coma from a Prince who is into necrophilia and sure enough the next day they are married.
3. Sleeping Beauty
A jealous and vengeful witch plots to kill the only daughter of the King and Queen.
Aurora is removed from her parents and family home and placed in seclusion for most of her life in an effort to keep her alive.
Upon chancing a sighting of a young man in the forest she immediately falls in love with him (the first man she has set eyes on in 17 years) and they agree to marry.
When she arrives back at her family home she is set upon by the witch and falls into a coma for 100 years and is kissed by another Disney Prince who is also into necrophilia….. I sense a theme here.
Upon the death of her father a young girl is imprisoned by her step mother and forced into slavery.
She suffers emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her step mother and step sisters, until her fairy godmother helps her out of her predicament. (Couldn’t we all use one of those?)
She meets and falls in love with Prince Charming, but abruptly calls an end to their date due to the fact that her clothes are going to turn into rags at any moment (I guess appearances do matter). She leaves behind a glass slipper that miraculously doesn’t break as it topples down the stairs. Not to mention how uncomfortable those things must have been.
The Prince then proceeds to check every maiden in the kingdom to see who fits the glass slipper (because he just can’t remember what her face looked like, what was he staring at all night?)
Once again marriage after first sight is on the cards.
As Bambi and his mother flee through the woods in terror in attempt to evade hunters we hear “BAM”!!
Bambi’s mother is shot dead basically within the first 5 minutes!
Bambi is then left tragically wandering alone through the scary forest calling for his mother, who will never return. Isn’t that traumatic enough?
I can’t talk about this one anymore….
6. Alice In Wonderland
After eating some ‘magic mushrooms’ Alice falls down a hole into a ‘magical land’, where rabbits run around with giant clocks, cheeky, grinning purple cats appear and disappear at will.
A crazy queen goes around painting all her flowers and wants to cut peoples heads off for the smallest of crimes. A “Mad” Hatter enjoys throwing tea parties endlessly..party on dude!… yep those are some great “mushrooms”.
A deranged women sneaks into a not so heavily guarded castle and abducts a baby from her bed so she can use her magical hair for own selfish purposes.
She keeps her trapped in high tower away from everyone and anyone in isolation.
Upon the discovery of her evil doings she is pushed out of the tower window buy a sneaky chameleon and plummets to her death. Nasty!
8. 101 Dalmatians
Has anyone noticed that the majority of evil doers are women? Just putting it out there..
Well here is another one.
Cruella De Ville wants nothing more than to steal every Dalmatian in London to make herself a puppy, spotty coat. Animal cruelty and PETA step up please!
Pongo and Purdys puppies are stolen in the night during a violent home invasion whereby the housekeeper is tied up and thrown in the cupboard.
The offenders are then charged with the missions of skinning these cute little guys so Cruella can finally make her dream masterpiece spotty coat. Hello RSPCA! Where the hell are you?
9. The Lion King
As a courageous Mufasa rescues his little Simba, from a stampeding herd you start to feel content that all is right with world. Until the evil “Scar” reveals his true colours and instead of helping Mufasa he digs his claws into his own brother making him fall to his death into the stampeding herd of wildebeast.
With a “Long live the King” muttered by a sadistic “Scar” we are then left with a clearly distraught Simba, sobbing over his fathers body, while being told that the whole episode was entirely his fault.
Some therapy is going to be needed here.
10. Beauty And The Beast
A never truer account of a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome have I ever seen.
After escaping a potential domineering and abusive relationship with the chauvenistic and self obsessed Gaston, book worm Belle ditches him in favour of a quiet life reading at her leisure..ahh what a life!
Her father is then taken prisoner by the horrific Beast and Belle then offers herself up in exchange for her fathers freedom.
The Beast accepts and imprisons Belle in his palace. Yep just the environment to fall in love with your captor.
Belle embraces the situation she is in regardless of the fact that the Beast is an utter !@#$ to everyone around him at times becoming violent and abusive (yet constant excuses are made for his bad behaviour).
In the end Gaston leads a violent charge with chants of “kill the beast”. We are left thinking he succeeds when the Beast topples off the tower falling to the ground below presumed dead.
A sobbing Belle laments over his body, declared her undying love and yep we all know what happens next…. still a children’s favourite?
My point with this post is this.
As adults we have the mental capacity to see and analyse these kind of themes in children movies. Children however don’t have the mental ability to decipher these movies the same way.
They see the funny characters, the simpleness in the plot, the great music. The deeper themes and hidden innuendos usually goes straight over their heads.
How many slight and off the cuff remarks or innuendoes intended for adult ears only, have we come across in recent kids movies.
Shrek: “Do you think he is compensating for something”? (as they stare at Farquaads huge castle) And what is with Lord Farquaads name? Say it slowly… there you go..
Madagascar: “Sugar Honey Iced Tea” (combine the first letters of each word together)
Nemo: Bruce is running an organisation very much like Alcoholics Anonymous.
Toy Story 2: When Buzz is introduced to Jessie the Cowgirl, he stares at her with his mouth agape and his wing flaps pop up and start flashing… ummm ok…. naughty Pixar..
Scooby Doo: We all know that Shaggy is a “stoner” and what they hell are “Scooby Snacks”, not to mention that he and Scooby Doo always have “The Munchies”. Plus apparently Shaggy’s favourite name is “Mary-Jane”.
Alladin and The King Of Thieves: Genie says “I thought the earth wasn’t supposed to move until the honeymoon”.. OK too much information?
So while these little gems are put in our favourite kids movies to no doubt entertain we hapless parents, who must ultimately accompany them to the theatre. Do children really understand their true meaning?
Bright colours, the happy music, the unique and quirky characters and of course the happy ending is what appeals to kids and this I suppose is the genius of Disney. Making a children’s movie appealing to all ages, parents and children alike.
We are going to keep on watching our favourites.
See the collection of terrific Disney movies here on Netflix.
What is your favourite Disney Movie?
Do you have a favourite “Adults Only” Disney Movies quote?
Are there any Disney Movies that you won’t let your child watch?
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