Where are the Moms, Disney?

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In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, I thought I would write about an issue that plagues me each time we watch a Disney movie … and another, and another…

Where are the Moms?

These movies were listed in the Top 25 Movies from Disney:

Beauty and the Beast – no mom

Cinderella – no mom, but certainly an evil step-mother

The Little Mermaid – no mom

Snow White – no mom, but again, an evil step-mother

Of course, there are movies on the Top 25 list where there are moms but no dads – Toy Story, in particular.

And, movies where there are two parents – Mulan, Sleeping Beauty.

But, four out of 25 of the top Disney movies in the last 100 years, no moms.

I don’t know how Aladdin wasn’t on the top 25 list, but no mom in that one either.

Most of these stories have some connection to mythology, but the creators of the movies certainly aren’t sticklers for staying tied to the original myths. They add and take away from the story lines as necessary to advance the concept of the movie.

What is it in the story line that is lost if they include more mothers in their movies?

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The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. ------ William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Speech, Stockholm, 1950
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2 Responses to Where are the Moms, Disney?

  1. I was just thinking about this recently! So many fairy tale protagonists are without one, and often both, parents. And nowadays… take a look at the YA fantasy genre. Most of those kids are orphaned, or come from broken homes.

    The loss of a parent is one of the most awful things that can happen to a child. I’m thinking it immediately makes a reader (or viewer, as the case may be) sympathize with a character. I mean, who doesn’t feel sorry for a kid who has lost a parent? Who doesn’t feel grief for children when families are split apart?

    You’re right. Moms seem to be absent quite often… especially in stories with a female protagonist.

    Thanks for an interesting post!

  2. DM Yates says:

    I’ve heard this before about the no moms, and you know, I never noticed it myself. Perhaps they were going for sympathy for the main character.

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