Why does Disney hate your mom?
March 12, 2008 5:24 AM Subscribe
Why are there so few living and loving mothers in Disney films?
posted by dinty_moore to media & arts (38 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I'm referring mostly to the animated films, but the trend carries over to a lesser extent to live action children's movies. Sure, there's the whole 'orphan on their own' trope in children's stories, but I can think of a number of single but caring fathers and very few moms that aren't dead or evil (I can come up with. . . three). Why is that? Does a strong maternal influence make you boring? Not having a mom makes it easier for you to have a wicked stepmother/fairy godmother? Lots of dead moms in Grimm's Fairy Tales, and the trend carried over? Walt had a weird complex?