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April 24, 2008

Disney's dark side

FantasiaI’m going to take a day off from complaining about Maddie’s early risings. Not because they’ve stopped - they haven’t. But I’m now trying to pretend it’s not happening. When all else fails – curtains, sound machines, bedtime manipulation, begging, bribery - you can always count on good old denial.

So we’ve started a fun new family tradition: Movie night!

Every Saturday after Maddie’s dinner (which these days consists of three pieces of pasta, a bite of chicken, five peas and a whole lot of ketchup), we make a bowl of popcorn, turn off the lights, and get comfy on the couch to watch a movie. The popcorn is key to this activity. Without the popcorn, she would probably be turning the light on and off a hundred times and yelling at us to get “Up!” But give the kid a bowl of popcorn and she is content.

We’ve been having movie night for the past few weeks, but we’re still on the same flick – Fantasia – because she’s obsessed. It really is a great movie, I remember watching it endlessly with my grandma when I was a kid. But somehow seeing it as an adult is a slightly more disturbing experience.

If you’ve seen it, you’ll remember the part where Mickey Mouse and his friend the animated broom are carting buckets of water from the well down into the basement. I’m assuming it is the basement of some castle since Mickey seems to be a magician’s apprentice. I’m not entirely sure, Walt was a little sketchy on the details.

Anyways, Mads is loving Mickey and we’re telling her, “Oh look, there’s Mickey’s friend Mr. Broom! What a good friend he is, see him helping Mickey? What a nice broom. Mickey loves Mr. Broom, see Mads?”

Here’s where things take a surprising and pretty brutal turn. “And now look, Mickey is…. Wait... Mickey! What are you doing, Mickey! For the love of god, stop!” As Mickey picks up an axe and retreats to the shadows to viciously hack poor Mr. Broom into splinters as the music reaches a crescendo. WTF, Mickey? It's like Hitchcock meets Disney. Try explaining that to a 2-year-old.

Thankfully Mads doesn’t ask for an explanation, the fact that Mickey is a savage axe murderer doesn't seem to phase her. But F and I have been left traumatized. I’m afraid Disneyland will never be quite the same.

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Yeah that's not all. Look at all the animated movies where the mom dies or isn't around. Bambi, Cinderella, Nemo, Lion King (the dad), Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid! What is up with that?

Posted by: Melissa | Apr 24, 2008 3:22:26 PM

I haven't read your entire blog. However, what I have read, makes me feel like I have a new friend. My two year old daughter, Jessica is obsessed with Toy Story and Toy Story 2. That is all she wants to watch all day, every day. Nice thing is, I work from home on my computer so I get a great deal of work done while she watches. Bad thing is, I can't get the songs out of my head. It's bad when they pop into your head in the middle of the night and you can't go back to sleep until you have sung the entire song(s)!

Posted by: Tammy | Apr 25, 2008 8:02:15 AM

yeah, the more you look at it, the more you see the "disney hidden agenda." I wrote about it once

"the good ol' days of male chauvenism"

http://michellehays.blogspot.com/2007/11/ah-good-ol-days-of-male-chauvenism.html

Posted by: michelle Hays | Apr 26, 2008 7:20:47 AM

I love it! I'm 27ks pregnant with my 3rd girl, and this has been so good for me today! My girls are 3, and 21mos. I work full time and along with being pregnant-I'm whooped!Glad to see someone else out there has noticed this. Disney (were he alive) would probably be on barbara walters and talking about abandonment issues. How do I get to work from home? Need a change and fast before my scattered little brain overloads!I read back through the older blogs and this has been a nice breather. Glad to know someone out there understands what it takes out of you to be a mom.

Posted by: julie | Apr 28, 2008 12:53:27 PM

Honestly, when I think scary and Fantastia, it's that damned demon on the mountain that comes to mind.

Posted by: Sparrowflew | May 6, 2008 12:45:16 PM

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