My Twentysomething Life

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Where did the mothers go?

on March 20, 2013

This morning I had an interesting thought about mothers…

I know, it’s weird.  I don’t get it.

The thought occurred to me that in the Disney Princess movies there used to never be mothers, and if there were, they were evil.  Think about it.

Well I did and then I researched it to be sure.  Here is what I came up with:

Snow White—evil stepmother
Cinderella—evil stepmother
Aurora—taken away from her mother, but had mother figures
Ariel—no mother
Belle—no mother
Jasmine—no mother
Pocahontas—no mother
Mulan—mother
Tiana—mother
Rapunzel—taken away from her real mother and has a evil mother instead
Merida—mother

Only in the past few years have their really been mother figures in the Disney princess movies.  And the only one to really play a big role was Merida’s mother, who was a main character of the movie.

This was really a “huh” moment for me.

I think it is interesting that for the first 7 princess movies, the princess’ original mother, we assume, died, or in Sleeping Beauty’s case, taken away from her.  I wonder what made Disney realize that the mothers were being left out and put them back in.  I also wonder if we will continue to see more mothers in the “classic” Disney movies to come.

I’m sure that someone with a psychology degree could get down to the bottom of this, but alas, that someone would not be me.  I just think it is interesting and while I have assumptions, someone else will have to draw  the real conclusions someday.  One day there will probably be a book about it, that’s my prediction.

Do you have any thoughts?

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