My Issue With Mr. Disney

I recently went to see Little Mermaid – The Musical as part of a season package that I purchased, and the entire production far surpassed my expectations. Thoroughly impressed by the performances, I found myself on the verge of tears more than once as the vocalists channeled God Himself, but the story? Well . . .little-mermaid-musical

Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl finds boy, girl marries boy. The end.

Okay, so here’s my issue: What happens next? Does she go to school? Does she get a degree in oceanography? Does she sail around the world, teach swimming, design wet suits? Surely there’s more to make a splash about than just this??

During the show, I watched the faces of the numerous little girls in the audience and my girl_watching_TV_bwheart ached for them. The message of the story is that love conquers all, and that finding “the one” is not only the mission – it’s the end goal. What we need to show them is that relationships are icing. Potentially fabulous icing, it’s true, but the cake underneath has to all come from within or the thing will collapse down into a heap.

I’m actually a hopeless romantic, believe it or not, and I like to feel like a princess as much as the next girl, but come on! A large percentage of these little theatre goers are going to grow up wanting $40,000.00 weddings in their 20s and wondering why the hell they feel so empty in their 30s. They’ll then leave that relationship, because “surely it must be his fault” and repeat the whole damned cycle over again. Not to mention the poor guy who grew up just wanting to slay dragons, and who doesn’t know that he’s supposed to sing love songs for the rest of his life and not fart. Who can live up to that level of expectation? It’s not fair.

Walt Disney 1Poor old Walt. I suppose I can’t really blame him. Finding the guy was the end goal in his day, and it made for a lucrative business, so I get it, but I think that we need to present a picture that’s a bit more realistic and stop filling the heads of impressionable young children with hogwash.

Or maybe, just maybe, I need to be a bit less cynical.

Thoughts?

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8 thoughts on “My Issue With Mr. Disney

  1. I think it is a good opportunity to teach the difference between make believe and real life. We need to get away from the they are too young to hear about the real world notions and learn from everything around them. You can be a good influence and a real influence in a bad world. Is Santa real, is the tooth fairy, is the Easter bunny? NO!! It is your parents working hard to earn enough to buy all of those gifts and decorations. Why stop at Disney if you are going to disspell fantasy!

  2. I dunno…I mean I’m a guy and honestly, I don’t think there’s anything I can ever do that’ll make me happier than marrying a woman whom I love. That’s not to say I wouldn’t do anything besides marry, but I feel marrying her would be the best thing that I could ever do and if I were to make a movie, I’d feel it best to make the movie center around the thing I deem best as opposed to anything else.

    But that’s just me.

    P.S. “The Little Mermaid” was actually made in 1989, over 20 years after Walt Disney died. If you look at the animated films that he himself worked on, there are only 3 princess films (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Cinderella”, and “Sleeping Beauty”) and 16 non-princess films.

    • Love it! Well, you’re the first prince to respond to this blog, and your comments are much appreciated. Truly. Thanks! And I did know that Little Mermaid was made long after old Walt passed on. I was just blaming the poor guy for starting it all. 🙂

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