Originally Posted by velochic
: What??? Bambi and Little Mermaid... mother is absent. In Dumbo, at least the mother was defending her child, even if she did get punished for it.
Disney movies really irritate me. They do not think about the message they are conveying. Everyone just gets caught up in the graphics and don't bother really listening to what they are saying. Disney is racists, anti-feminist, and homophobic.
I am just reading htrough this very long thread. I have been thinking about this alot lately because DS is 3.5. It is not just the movies it is the books too.
The one thing I have been noticing is that in many of them there is this sick absence of a mother or twisted version of a mother. Lets see how many I can think of .. as already mentioned by velochic - bambi and little mermaid, snow whites mother sends a hit out on her daughter because she won't be the fairest in the land anymore! of course it is a prince that saves her (gag) and where is Cinarella's Mother? Cause her stepmother is not doing a very good job of raising her. Pinoccio is created by a man! Ha sno mother, these subtle messages are very strong! and it does mirror some of what is wrong with our culture. Can someone think of any others where mom is absent or twisted in some way?
The lion king is about pre-meditated murder - it is all about murder.
I do let my son watch cars. I talk to him about certain language and he does understand that there are some things that are not said by children. I did let him watch toy story. He was afraid of brother bear and I avoid Neemo because I remeber there being some hub bub about violence in the beginning and some little kids getting scared.
I don't have a girl yet but I find nothing wrong with the princess thing - Maybe not disney princessess per say - I do believe media can influence the way a girl or woman thinks about what is ideal ( that's why I love Dove's campains) But I think a disease like Anarexia goes alot deeper. I am not an expert or anything - but anorexia is a slow suicide and there are deeper issues than the body image, the behavior is a symptom.
Also one of the most agressive 4 y/o's I know has never seen the TV, the computer, a movie - nothing outside of a book that was carfully chosen by his very mother. He is constantly pushing, hitting, pinching, he puts his whole self into these acts he gets the strangest look in his eye when he is doing it too.
I stand by taking care of your own emotional and psycholocical health first and formost because no matter what your kids see either on tv or in the real world, your modeling and relationship with them is the biggest influence.
Someone mentioned alternatives - where can I find a list of truly child friendly movies? Or do some Mama's have some GOOD suggestions? I know it was mentioned but specifics were not given.
I am truly shocked that so many think that these disney movies are really okay. The I turned out fine doesn't sit with me because the culture in general here in the USA is not fine at all. There are always a few who are the exceptions.