Is Disney harmful for young children?

I'm talking about all of the movies and shows

And BACK UP YOUR REASONS


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  • Walt Disney had a very weird relationship with his mother, and one of the results of that was that he was fascinated with idealized "princess fantasies" which make up the core of most Disney (animated) movies.

    But those princess fantasies are very warped and unrealistic, and set very unrealistic expectations for young girls that many carry with them all their lives. Some notable examples would be: princesses don't really DO anything, that they depend on men to "rescue" them from their unhappiness, that a "knight in shining armor" will come for them, and marry them, and they'll "live happily ever after."

    While all of these are, at least, not-so-great, the last one is the worst. Many grown women, having grown up with Disney princesses (and specifically without the most modern ones) LITERALLY expect a husband and marriage to give them "happily ever after" - and when it fails to do so, they are first confused (and often take up new hobbies or charities or self-improvement), but, eventually, when they realize they still aren't totally and completely happy, they feel cheated and betrayed... and they blame their husband.

    And quite often, the husband, who knows his wife is confused and frustrated at things no one really has control over, gets blindsided by an unexpected divorce, which is usually accompanied by a financial raping, egged on by her unhappy friends, in an unconscious effort to "pay him back" for failing to give her "happily ever after." I've seen this happen to people I know personally, and on at least two occasions, the women admitted to me that they initiated the divorce because "they weren't happy" but couldn't articulate any real reason for their unhappiness - but were convinced it was HIS fault somehow.

    Most women naturally don't read other women's profiles on dating sites, but if you ever do, you'll notice that a surprisingly high percentage of those profiles use Disney Princess phrases like "I'm a princess and I expect to be treated like one" and "I'm looking for my Knight In Shining Armor" and "I want the Fairy Tale." These aren't 14-year-old girls posting this stuff, but rather women in their 30s and 40s! Any smart man would RUN from a woman who still has these ideas at those ages - yet there are far more than you'd imagine!

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      Princess don't all not do anything. Pocahontas saved her people, Mulan saved all of China. I loved Disney movies as a kid but I never wanted to play pretend princess. I always wanted to be a knight or a pirate. So I don't think they always rub off on young girls.

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      @Blonde401 Pocahontas and Mulan weren't princesses - and they're more modern characters from a Disney that's slowly digging out from under Walt's warped ideas. So, yes, things are slowly improving at Disney. But we're talking about the "classic" princesses: Snow White, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel, etc. None of them do an awful lot to improve their own situations - they count on a man to save them. Hardly a concept fit for modern western society, right?

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      To be fair to aurora she didn't really ask for a man to save her, she was under a curse so kinda not her fault. Snow took care of the dwarves and she pretty much died, didn't really ask for a guy to save her but he kissed her anyway. Belle went to save her dad? So she sort of did something. Jasmine helps stop Jafar. TBH Ariel didn't really do shit and that's probably why the little mermaid didn't do it for me. They we're made in a time when women were supposed to take a back seat to the hero yes but since the 90s we have gotten princesses who have done something, like Tiana and Merida. Mulan is considered a Disney princess (you don't actually have to have the title of princess to be an official Disney princess) though they don't include Pocahontas :/ which irks me. The same goes for Megaera who married a freaking god but she isn't included like wtf. But I digress - yeah women who want to be treated like a princess suck but Disney has some good princess role models.

  • Generally safe, but parents should vet the shows. Tv affects children good and bad. If the parents are made out to be idiots and the child star is the smart one that corrects them, then your kids might follow suit. There are many reasons to pay attention to what kids watch, even on disney. By and large the majority at least in my experience growing up was ok. I can't speak for whatever is new. When I think Disney I think Smart Guy, Sister Sister, Boy Meets World, Wizards of Waverly Place and so on.

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  • DO MY HOMEWORK because reasons. Oh and provide citations kthx

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  • Yes it is. Maybe older disney movies are not as harmful, but Disney channel is.
    They create Role models for young girls, that later become highly sexualized. Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, the list goes on.

    Girls follow the example of their role models and become whores.
    Not to mention the disgusting pedophiles in hollywood who take advantage of child stars.

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  • NO!!!
    Disney teaches good morals to our kids, are quality movies that have memorable characters, and have a vast majority of content for your kids to enjoy. My whole family loves Disney. Whatever you hear about how bad Disney is, that is just conjecture.
    If you want your kids to watch high quality movies that teach good morals, show them Disney.
    I don't really recommend the TV shows. They're pretty poor quality.

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  • I don't know what Disney shows on TV these days, but what I saw growing up was very fun and helpful. My mom said Disney was a channel people had to pay to have back then, but it was very much well worth it.
    I've never seen or heard of a Disney movie that seemed harmful in any way. Just less creative than what I saw as I kid. (I can only assume the same is true in Disney TV of today.) Have you?

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  • No of course not. Too many people nowadays, put too much social responsibility on sources of entertainment.

    Good parenting can EASILY overcome a fictional entertainment show/movie/story, when it comes to influencing a child.

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  • I wouldn't really say they're harmful but some of their movies have poor portrayals of race and gender. They also romanticize really shitty things like the story of Pocahontas. They're getting better nowadays but I'm thinking about all Disney movies.

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  • Not only Disney
    Most children's tales are cruel and/or unrealistic.

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  • People will find things in Disney films if they look for them. The thing is that it will go over the heads of children. If you want to see a good example from a non disney perspective, watch the shrek films which lampoon Disney in a major way. there is a lot of humor in them that mean different to adults than they do to kids.

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  • yeah it is

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  • I think I'm more curious why you asked the question to begin with...

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    • 4d

      Debate project

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      I think it's harmful because of the sexual innuendos the films makes, the hint that children should look like the "princesses" and even in the show Hanna Montana the show allows girls to to be bratty. Also in Aladdin the film basically says that lying is good. When we should teach children the opposite

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      Everything can be made into an innuendo, and hell, it isn't even Disney that shows lazy, bratty girl. It's pretty much every TV show

  • Nope.

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  • Nope

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  • Yes because like most crap on TV it makes them stupider. If I had kids they would be growing up on PBS.

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  • haha maybe with all of the pornographic subliminal messages it slyly sends.

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  • I'm still waiting on my princess to fall into my lap. I blame Disney for my terrible love life.

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  • Yeah because it teaches kids stupid things.

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  • Never seen any disney movie.

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  • Yeah that Mufasa death scene is brutal😣

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  • yes. encourages them to be fantasy-prone.

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  • Yes it scared meme

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  • yes it is..

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  • No. Take Cinderella which has a hidden truths. Most of us know the rough plot of Cinderella, by virtue of Walt Disney’s 1950 film: Cinderella is an orphaned child under the “care” of a wicked stepmother and two even more wicked stepsisters. Cinderella is denied a chance to go to a grand ball at which the local prince will choose his bride, but a fairy godmother endows the girl (temporarily) with beautiful trappings, and gets her to the ball.
    While Cinderella and the Prince fall in love when they meet at the ball, circumstances intervene and Cinderella flees home at midnight. The Prince scours the land for Cinderella, and eventually identifies her by the glass slipper she left behind at the ball. The Prince and Cinderella marry, and (literally) live happily ever after.
    The plot of Disney’s version is taken near-verbatim from a 1697 story called Cendrillon by Charles Perrault, which Perrault describes as the retelling of a much older folktale from out of southern Italy. The earliest known version of the story is the Greek myth of Rhodopis, recorded in Herodotus’s Histories around 700 BC.
    Perrault said the moral of the story was “While it’s good to have intelligence, good sense, and good breeding, you likely don’t get anywhere without a fairy godmother”. That is, success in life basically comes down to preparation plus a bit of luck. This is certainly a profound truth on its own for men to absorb. Luck is a major factor in success, no matter what the American Dream might say to us. But there are much more significant messages about gender roles and gender relations hiding beneath the Cinderella story, ones men should understand as well as if not better than women.
    A woman’s sex appeal is magic. To get to the ball, Cinderella is endowed by her fairy godmother—i. e. by magic—with all the exterior trappings, allure, and clothing needed to catch the attentions of the prince. In Disney’s film the fairy godmother is a fat old babuschka, implying the wisdom of older women is what transforms Cinderella. But the magic that makes Cinderella into a beautiful princess is not wisdom or fairy dust. It’s a metaphor for something far more powerful and primal: the magic of a young woman reaching adulthood and the peak of her sexual attractiveness, at age 18-25.
    As all men know, this attractiveness is godlike in its potency. In the Cinderella story, the magic is powerful enough to arrest the prince’s mind at first sight; powerful enough to make him search his...

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      .. entire realm to find her. In the real world, sexual attractiveness has brought down governments, as well as inspired most modern music. Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters (all significantly older than her) cannot achieve it despite all the artifice of poise and finely-tailored clothing (and, perhaps, three years in a Gender Studies degree).
      A woman’s sex appeal is magic that runs out
      This is the most important part of the story: the magic that transforms Cinderella is strictly limited by time. At midnight, Cinderella is returned to rags. In real life, around age 30, women’s physical attractiveness tanks. In both cases, the magic is gone, forever.
      Women don’t realize the magic is running out until it’s too late
      Cinderella is too swept up in the prince’s eyes and the glamour of the ball to notice the passing of time. Consequently she is caught out by the clock chiming midnight and has to flee for home, panicking at the loss of her glamours.

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      ... from the 1950 version, with all of these messages intact.
      The red pill, for women, is a glass slipper: an understanding that what they have is incredibly seductive and beautiful—but fragile and only good for a limited time.

    • 3d

      Oh my gosh can you write my essay?

  • It's harmful to people who know or even don't know, that Walt, was anti-Semitic. I'm Jewish

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  • I don't see how they can be harmful for young children. But for those that think that way, really?

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What Girls Said 8

  • No. Bad parents are bad for children. If there is something negative that may subliminally taught in a Disney movie, I would hope the parents would at least have the decency to teach their child better in the first place.

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  • Disney is all about the Children, it is the Adult's who think it is full of conspiracy and Urban Legend:

    http://moviepilot.com/posts/2590649

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  • Well... it can get kinda dark...

    https://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=3oEWA7UglB4

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  • ı think t is because they consist some messages on the background there re tons of videos about it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI5-WecHkiU

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  • Children are harmful for children, ever see the type of shit bad kids say to the innocent ones? *shudder*

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  • yeah

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  • Nope.

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  • Of course not. I grew up watching Disney films and I can attest they're not harmful at all.

    Now I have to go back to waiting for my Prince Charming, and in the meantime I'll have a convo with the personified objects round the house. Bye.

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