Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Will Disney Pay For My Therapy?

This is Disney... looks all happy and playful, doesn't it?

Well, I know Disney has a dark side. I grew up on Disney, and it affected me for life. I have been taking anti-depressants for years, and I blame it all on Disney.

Remember Bambi? It was all sweet and lovely... and then Bambi's mother died, in a very scary way. I was just a child, and that affected me. I cried. I was scared. I took it to heart.

And Dumbo... what they did to his mother. She suffered, she cried. It was cruel. I cried, too. What does Disney have against mothers anyway?

But, no, not just mothers. Fathers died, too. I refused to see the Lion King because the little cub's father was cruelly killed. I knew I couldn't handle that.

Worst of all... Old Yeller. It wasn't even a cartoon. It showed a real boy, and a real dog. The boy loved that dog. The dog loved that boy. They were best pals. We all know how love of a dog can be. And what happened to the dog? And how did that boy feel? It was just too much. Why Disney, why?

Now that I am all grown up, I still can't shake those feelings. It's too easy to be sad. A child doesn't need to be exposed to all that sadness. And I don't think much of all the Princess stuff, either. Now every little girl grows up thinking she should be a princess. All those little girls growing up with that sense of entitlement can't be good. Have you seen shows like "My Sweet Sixteen?". Unh-huh... think about it.


rachel said...

I'm with you on this one. Some of us have a layer of skin missing, for whatever reason, and are deeply affected by stories of loss, cruelty, lack of love, hardship.

I always thought Dumbo was a cruel film, and not suitable for children. And in my day, stories of princesses were delighted in because they were fantasy, not an expectation. Children have very strange pressures placed on them nowadays! I'm feeling ver old now....

judy in ky said...

So am I...