Ever wonder why all Disney heroes lack paternal support? If you haven’t noticed, in most Disney films and fairy tales mothers tend to be weak or absent – (Starting with Snow White, to Cinderella, Bambi, Peter Pan and the search for a mother figure, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King… and this goes all the way up to Finding Nemo and Tangled, in which Rapunzel must battle her evil mother and venture off on her own to find her real parents.) This absent mother dynamic strengthens the hero or heroine, ensuring that they must struggle on his or her own and, fighting their own battles until they reach their self-discovery. The end result tends to be family or love, once they have proven their independence. Some would say that this is related to Walt Disney’s personal loss of his mother in 1938, but others would argue that most of these Disney stories were already created as fairytales prior to being made into a Disney film. What do you guys think?
Speaking of independence, “Nemo” is latin for “no one.” Also, backwards it spells “Omen.” Coincidental? I think not!