Death and Disney – a shocking list!

Disney films – go straight for the heart of kids and parents’ darkest fears. Though they are mainly kids films it surprises me to think of how many of them have orphans or children estranged / lost from their parents as a theme. Check out this list. Its from the top of my head so, there may be inaccuracies or omissions. Feel free to add or correct me in comments.

Here’s a quick, and by no means exhaustive list:

Anna and Elsa – Frozen (orphaned)

Bambi (Mum dead, Dad posing in the woods)Nemo – Finding Nemo (lost)

Dumbo (Separated from Mum (gets me evreytime!))

Simba – Lion King (Dad dead)

Peter Pan (Lost boy, no parents)

Tarzan (Orphaned and raised by monkeys)

Mowgli – Jungle Book (orphaned and brought up by bankers)

Aristocats (No Dad)

Snow white (Evil stepmother)

Cinderella (Evil stepmother)

Sleeping Beauty (Put into sleep and taken far away from family),

Rapunzel (Stolen by witch)

Belle (No mother, Dad kidnapped)

Pinocchio (No parents and an insect for a conscience.)

101 Dalmations (Stolen from parents)

Little Mermaid (No mum)

Oliver (Orphaned)

Penny – Rescuers (Orphaned)

Tod – Fox and Hound – (Orphaned)

 

I know, I know it isn’t all Disney – Harry Potter, Despicable Me, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The list goes on and on…..

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3 thoughts on “Death and Disney – a shocking list!

  1. Danielle G 27/05/2014 / 3:57 am

    I recently saw the Never Ending Story and the main character had no mom! Another one for your list 🙂

    • Curlydaz 27/05/2014 / 7:37 am

      It’s amazing isn’t it? Reckon those stories play to kids fears. And what about musicals. Orphan Annie, orphan Oliver and no adults at all in Bugsy Malone! Thanks for your comment.

  2. writerinsoul 04/07/2014 / 10:06 pm

    “An insect for a conscience.” Ha ha!

    Maybe it’s to set up a struggle that must be resolved and showcase a “plucky” kid.

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