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Something I've noticed on almost every Disney film

The young protagonist is either an orphan, missing a parent, or loses one. I'm gathering it's about the loss of innocence, but in every film? Curious about your thoughts.

bleurowz 8 Aug 30
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I just figured it was a simpler to write a story with only one parent to interact with. Basic laziness!

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Something I have noticed about Disney films is that they perpetuate stereotypes and I really get hot under the collar in the way they portray female roles when their main audience is young children.

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Makes you bond with the character immediately because you feel sorry for them.

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I recommend watching Jordon Peterson's YouTube lectures on Pinocchio. He explains the psychology behind the story. Here's a relatively short one:

@Brascan Jordon The Mean Mad White Man!

@Brascan And don't forget his white privilege! Damn, I love this man.

Peterson responds to claims he is a Nazi:

@Renickulous Yes indeed, and it's not that long ago!!

@Renickulous Education is a bit of a puzzle unless we understand that it is fulfilling its objective. It seems to, at a lower level, train people for the mostly menial tasks every job demands. At the higher level, it concentrates on ideology. I guess this can only contribute ignorance and left-leaning philosophies to society. Peterson challenges those trends better than anyone I know.

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Omg Disney movies! I didn’t let my kids watch any when they were young because they are horrible examples. Snow White and sleeping beauty powerless and basically dead= nothing without a man. Beauty and the beast- are you f-ing kidding me Stockholm syndrome! Ariel makes a deal with the devil and runs away from home at 16 chasing a boy she hasn’t even met!!
Am I the only who sees the stories this way?

@Bierbasstard lol. I’ve heard that. I might be a touch crazy but I just didn’t feel these stories were appropriate for 4 yr old girls.

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Superheroes too?

JimG Level 8 Aug 30, 2018
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Plead ignorance

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Yeah..and kids didn't live long either in past centuries in England. Parents didn't name their kids until they were two years old, because most children died before then.

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It's also in just about every fairy tail. One of my college teachers explained that fairy tales were originally a way for kids to address the common fear of losing a parent, a common thing indeed in the times when the stories came to be. Then the character has a really rough time but eventually comes out OK. So not so much about the loss of innocence, but to encourage & strengthen a child.

Carin Level 8 Aug 30, 2018
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