Disney…advocate for mental health?

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Random Crap
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Speaking of Disney…and all the other “great” family entertainment producers out there…

There are a few, aren’t there?Warner, maybe?

This is all just a matter of observation as someone who has quite an extensive knowledge of cartoons and children’s shows. Ever notice the political  INcorrectness of the shows we watch?

I am raising my children in the real world, and in the real world, *gasp* someone might on occasion say something above a PG rating. I want my children to know how to handle those situations. So, yes…they watch the movies and shows I am about to make fun of here in a moment, when I get around to the point. They are actually doing quite well, considering that I am one of those horribly liberal and astoundingly laid-back (oh…you mean neglectful? My mistake!!) attitude towards child-rearing.

^^^That was my disclaimer.^^^



Sooo, I guess I could actually get around to the point…even though that tangent was entertaining me very well in and of itself.

My point was to mention some great children’s movies and the sometimes blatant adult references within them. They aren’t subtle at all (or maybe I really am a conspiracy theorist), but they are hidden just well enough that most children are never any wiser.

Therefor I wonder what the purpose of these non-G-Rated references. Are they for the entertainment of the adult caretakers of children who are stuck watching them? Y’know…a little humor for the grown-ups, too?

Or do they really think they are being subtle?

Is there a contest out there somewhere for those who “get” the jokes, a PO box where you mail in your observations and get a ticket to visit Disneyland? And while we’re on the subject…if you visit Disneyland (I’ve never been), are there attractions and rides that are subtly adult-themed, too??

Ok, ok…that was another tangent. Whoops.

Scooby-Dooby-Doo! This is one of my favorites. There are so many things “wrong” with this one. A bunch of kids in a brightly-colored van…that looks to be around a late-60’s model…running around looking for ghosts and other weird things. They hear noises, they see things…their “ghosts” turn out to be normal people that their own paranoia turned into something scary. The dog talks, and someone is always wanting snacks. Even the van’s windows are usually “smoked” out. …and who knows someone named “Shaggy” that wasn’t stoned?

Peter Pan. Ahhh, the boy of your dreams shows up on your windowsill in the middle of the night. He goes from elated and happy to sobbing about his shadow within a few moments. The sobbing turns into begging…he wants you to join him on a magical journey, all you need to get there is some of this “fairy dust.” The begging turns to bragging, which rolls right back into the elation.

Once you take the “trip” with him…he pouts if he doesn’t get his way, he must be in control of every little thing, and he turns quite angry when you want to go home, and he gets into violent battles with others who show an interest in you.

Winnie the Pooh. Everyone here represents some sort of mental disorder, and there is really nothing in the stories to help you cope with the problems…they just perpetually feed one another. Pooh Bear has an eating disorder, Piglet is co-dependent, Rabbit is paranoid schizophrenic, Tigger has ADHD, and Christopher Robin talks to his toys. A Psych fanatic’s dream!

Beauty and the Beast. Ahhh poor Belle…classic case of Stockholm Syndrome. She began to hallucinate friends in her loneliness, and fell for her captive…becoming his willing prisoner forever.

Snow White. She lived in the woods with seven unmarried men, waiting for Mr. Right to come along.

The Little Mermaid. Remember when the old witch taught her the “importance of body language” to seduce a man…as she shook her own, um, assets around suggestively?

Spongebob Squarepants.  Come on…seriously??? They live in bikini bottom, eat at the Krusty Krab, and there is an entire episode dedicated to cursing…ahem, sorry…”conversation enhancers.”  And that’s just a few…this show is full of great examples.


I’m pretty sure I missed a whole bunch of good ones…but my point remains. There really isn’t very many examples out there of truly kid-friendly TV or movies. Just be happy your little ones don’t understand double meanings and innuendos just yet.


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