I grew up watching disney movies new and old and feel quite aware of the subtle and overt stereotypes, racist images, etc that are there. Disney isn't the only perpetuator, and they aren't the inventor of all the plot moving devices either. That sounds a lot like "I watched disney and I'm fine!", no, I watched disney stuff and I also personally sought to become as aware of of the world as I could when I was older - rewatching movies as a teen and as an adult, a lot of it is suddenly obvious. Peter Pan and Dumbo is a real biggie in my mind.
I would of course respect any parent's choice to not have their children watch Disney or any other thing they don't want their children to watch.
My biggest problem is the mass marketing.
uke: The logos and characters on shirts, the fast food toys, the sheer number of regular toys, ugh drives me bananas. My "princess" will NOT be wearing pink frilly disney princess crap, especially if there's a good chance it was sweatshop labor that created it. The items are tacky, ugly...Sesame St. products aren't much better (hello dancing Elmo) but, I don't mind the kids watching Sesame st. (I yearn for old school Sesame Street however!) eh, I am a hypocrite here b/c we do have a lot of Star Wars stuff. (Luke, loses both his parents at birth and his adoptive parents at 15 and the story begins
I do have a big mickeymouse sweatshirt that I hate but I wear it b/c it's the only thing that fits and covers my behind and it was a handmedown...
Meandering here...we've gotten more TV free in the past year, and even more so when PBS stopped coming in with the antennea. I stopped saturday morning cartoons a while ago b/c the commercials in between were affecting my kids and it drove me nuts.
ETA _ I forgot , we do have a handful of Disney movies and actually the kids don't really care about watching them at all. I think Dh and I have most of them out of pure nostolgia.
Oh, I love Mulan though, can someone tell me why THAT one is racist? (thinking) Is it the "large brute, dark, evil eyed" bad guys?