Cartoon Motherly Ever After: Refiguring The Disney Narrative Of Feminity

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Since the time we were little, we became invested in childhood tales. We became connected to the characters and their stories. They teach us to be brave, kind, and adventurous. Little did we know, we were also being taught another lesson. Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and many others all have something in common; an absent mother. Why are most Disney characters motherless and what lesson are producers trying to convey? Sarah Boxer reported in her article, Why are all the Cartoon Mothers Dead, that Disney is trying to encourage fathers to be more involved with their children and families. In Reading Beyond “Happily Ever After”: Refiguring the Disney Narrative of Feminity. Ting-Yan Cheung is certain that Disney is trying …show more content…
You can be maternal even if you are not a mother. Disney films are packed with characters with motherly characteristics. Snow White is a great example of this. She is nurturing and warm towards the seven dwarfs. She cleans, cooks, and tucks them into bed like a good mother. Ironically, Snow White never knew her mother and did not have a mother figure. Can you be motherly even if you do not have a mother? In Reading beyond “Happily Ever After”: refiguring the Disney narrative of femininity, Ting- yan Cheung is convinced that Disney is rediscovering the mother role (Cheung 30). In her thesis she …show more content…
“If you give people a chance, they will shine” (Stafford, "All I Am Saying, Is Give People a Chance."). Cartoon movies could be sending a message to society, to give fathers a chance to become more maternal. Take for example Gru from Despicable Me. Gru was a villain who planned to steal the moon, instead he acquired three girls who stole his heart. In this lovable story we see evil Gru become friendly, loving, and caring. Society gave him a chance and he did indeed shine. Today many fathers are not granted sole custody or even joint custody because humanity believes they will fail. This matter weakens father`s relationships with their children. This is a problem Disney and other cartoon productions may be attempting to adjust, through the stories of triumphant

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