On a previous post, I mentioned bad messages spread by Disney, and said i’ll be thinking of some Pixar ones. I thought of one from Toy Story, along with some Disney classics.
Lets start with Toy Story. In the movie, the toys are living, immortal, creatures, though humans are treating them like things. In Toy Story 3, The Toys are being treated diabolically! Shoved in the trash, used as paint brushes. Their parts in noses and replaced by tortillas, you name it man. They’re technically slaves, sabotaged for human enjoyment! The trilogy should have ended with the toys breaking free of human control and going to live away from human society. They didn’t, which ends up as a big fat sign saying,”Slavery is okay”.
Now back to the Disney classics. In Snow White, the queen believes she is the fairest of all, And when she falls second, she is determined to destroy Snow White at all costs. Disguising her self as a hag was not smart. Disney was just trying to say that ugly people are bad, ugly people face consequences, and never trust ugly people. That’s a wrong message, and its shown in “Beauty and the beast” , “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty”.
Lion King displays two bad messages. One is that Mufasa is supposed to be some wise man. But pretty much all Mufasa cares about as a leader is tradition and the circle of life. Oh, that dang circle of life, where the antelope eats the grass, the tiger eats the antelope and poops it out to fertilize the grass and so on.
But what about the hyenas? where do they fit in. Maybe they…Don’t?! so when Mufasa lectures Simba on all that tradition, what he’s basically saying is: “So that’s the circle of life, and all animals must live in peace and harmony. Except hyenas. HYENAS!!! Get the hyenas out of here! banish them to the out lands to die from starvation and never be heard from again!”
What ever happened to peace and harmony? That’s racism, right there in front of your eyes. Enough of Mufasa, now for Simba. Simba abandoned Pride Rock and was adopted by Timon and Pumba. All they taught him though was “hakuna matata” In Swahili that means “no worries”. but in common sense, it means don’t be a good leader!