September 19, 2011

Disney Hates Parents

At our last family dinner, I was telling everyone how I'd started using the TV as a part-time babysitter (Don't judge, you do it too! Anyways it's only for a few minutes while I put Em down for a nap.) and had let M watch Finding Nemo without realizing what a fucking scary movie it is. Holy colossal parent fail! Poor little M had nightmares for a few nights after watching it - screaming, crying, shaking and clinging to Daddy nightmares. Which part exactly made her shit her pants? Hmm.. let me think...

  1. Was it the barracuda killing Nemo's mom in the opening scene (and eating all his brothers and sisters as eggs) 
  2. Was it the sharks? Which one? There were fucking THREE of 'em! (fucking three not three fucking, cos then it would be an R-rated flick)
  3. Or was it the stinging jellyfish, pelicans, seagulls or fishing net all out to get the fishies? 
My brother-in-law hardly batted an eye and said, "Don't you know that Disney hates parents?" and we started thinking of Disney movies in which one or both parents die:
  • Bambi
  • The Lion King
  • The Jungle Book
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • The Little Mermaid
And then I completed the list thanks to Wikipedia:
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Brother Bear
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Tarzan
Just do a search for "Disney movies where parents die" if you don't believe me. I understand that some movies, such as Lion King, have long been touted as excellent learning tools in teaching the Circle of Life, but I don't really need my kids traumatized in their beds because they think barracudas and sharks are gonna get them. I guess Caillou and Sesame Street will be making more money off of me since I can trust them to not disturb my kids' sleep!

Can you remember the scariest movie you saw as a kid? For me, it was Jaws - that damn movie ruined water sports for me for years. I know that isn't a kids' movie (we weren't supposed to be watching it) but it just goes to show that my parents did something right. Since I've learned my lesson and M is too young to remember the movie, does that mean I can still be the perfect mom? No, but I can keep dreaming and  dreams are oh so much better than nightmares. 


My money is also on Bob the Builder and Yo Gabba Gabba! I remember Disney movies messingwith my mind as well, especially when Bambi's mom died. WTF??? Awesome blog post.


Thanks for the comment! Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself. LOL. ; ) Are the characters in those shows orphans? I don't have cable so I'm so out of the loop on what's popular with kids these days. It was unbelievable how many Disney flicks had orphans or absent parents. From a literary standpoint, I can see why lots of stories have absent parents - the parents would need describing and would be expected to prevent their kids from going astray and making mistakes and then the stories would be boring - but do kids need to see the parents meeting their ends? I'm not sure what age is appropriate for those themes. Even in the early grades of school, I was terrified of losing my parents but that was probably more due to the fact my grandma died when I was in kindergarten so I knew how real death was. Do you let your son watch Disney movies?

Very good observations and somewhat hard to answer. I tried one movie recently about penguins (from Pixar or something close) and the villains in that movie scared Liam. These characters are often introduced within a dark, gloomy setting with odd music playing in the background. I don't know what two-year old wouldn't be scared. Thank God for Treehouse TV with the shows about drawing, sharing and singing. Disney is awful for kids under the age of 8. Who wants to try and answer: "Where did Bambi's mommy go and when is she coming back?" Or "Will you go away like Bambi's mommy did?"

I won't be putting on a Disney movie for a long-time to come...


Oh my - so with you on that one! "Finding Nemo" freaked Sylvia out, so did "Sleeping Beauty" that I tried to have her watch so that she actually knows her 'Disney princesses'... Sleeping Beauty is her favorite because she wears PINK (I explained that she may actually have other colours in her wardrobe, but alas...).

C, was it Happy Feet? I got that after Finding Nemo and pretty much promised M it would be a happy movie but the seal jumping out of the water scared the crap out of both of us! I had to cover her eyes and yell for K to fast forward!

Sylvia's mom, thanks for the heads up on Sleeping Beauty! I will hold off on ALL Disney movies for the time being, even the Princess movies. BTW, M thinks Sleeping Beauty only wears pink too. So funny!

I've always found it odd that in EVERY Disney flick, the families are all single-parent families (save a few... Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty...). Wonder why that is?


Very observant - yep Disney totally hates parents. If the parents aren't being killed, they are absent or one parent is absent. Did you ever notice how many orphans there are in the stories?? If you do a Google search, there are heaps of theories, but the one that makes the most sense, is that in order for the focus to be on the child character, parents need to be out of the picture. Otherwise they would be able to help their kids make the right choices and then the story wouldn't be that interesting. There's also an underdog theme going on too I suspect. Who doesn't feel bad for an orphan being mistreated by bitch stepsisters and an evil stepmother?

Pinocchio only had an old man as a Dad as did Beauty and the Beast and the Aristocats..was Oliver & Company Disney? Off the top of my head aren't 101 Dalmatians and Lady & the Tramp the only double parenting family Disney movies?

I'm a bit surprised I know so many without thinking. Crap.

Also, Candyman scared the living crap out of me at Mom used to watch movies while she ironed, I colored in a coloring book. I did cry at the end of Terminator when I was 4 when they melted themselves in lava. And I did, yep, say F*ck YOU to my Mom during another "ironing/she's coloring so she won't pay attention" movie as she watched Pulp Fiction.

Oliver & Co was Disney too. You're probably right on the movies with two parents - I think I read somewhere that there were only two.. crazy, right?

OMG your watched those while you were up?! Candyman is one of the scariest movies ever!!! I was older than you when it came out and it still freaked the s#$t out of me. Didn't want to go in the bathroom at night.. shudder..

I'm so surprised that everyone left out Cinderella! Unless I remember it wrong, Cinderella's Dad marries this awful woman, and learns to hate step-parents AND step-siblings!

You're bang on, there are a whole bunch of movies where the kids are orphaned or have only one parent. I just wrote about the ones in which the parents were actually killed in the movie. Would you agree those movies shouldn't be rated G? I'm pretty tolerant but don't think toddlers should be exposed to violence!

My 20 month old is only into Yo Gabba Gabba (obsessed actually), Sesame Street, and Sid the Science Kid.

Scariest kid movie I remember watching was Watership Down. I don't believe it was really a kid's movie, even though it was an animated flick. I had nightmares of rabbits killing each other and coming after me.

Violent rabbits would give anyone nightmares! Ooh, reminds me of "The Birds". And just knowing how fast they reproduce... it would be worse than a zombie apocalypse!


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