Many Disney movies share a curious detail. Where are the protagonists’ biological mothers?
Elsa and anna‘s parents are missing. Peter Pan is forever a motherless lost-boy. Lilo and Nani’s parents died in a car accident prior to the beginning of the movie.Bambi’s mother killed by a gunshot. Bambi’s father reveals himself after her death.Aladdin finds his father in the sequel. He mentions he lost his mother early in life. Jasmine has a single father. Her mother’s whereabouts are unknown.we know her mother died first and that her father lived long enough to remarry giveing Cinderella her stepmother. Her father dies shortly after although its not clear how long after.
They’re about that day in your life when you have to accept responsibility. Simba ran away from home but had to come back. In shorthand, it’s much quicker to have characters grow up when you bump off their parents. Bambi’s mother gets killed, so he has to grow up. Belle only has a father, but he gets lost, so she has to step into that position. It’s a story shorthand.
It’s also plausible that fairy tales deliberately featured protagonists whose parents were dead, absent or inattentive in order to teach their listeners a moral lesson that helps guide them into adulthood. Most fairy tales adapted by Disney feature an eminently reusable and formulaic plot in which a youthful protagonist is forced to venture into the world alone. Without parental guidance and protection, the character learns the lessons necessary to overcome obstacles, and eventually succeeds in the face of adversity. This coming-of-age setup is a parable: It’s possible to survive and flourish in the “real world” without parental intervention!
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