Yes, this is what I’m talking about.
Not that white washed piece of crap.
I think @faineemae is referring to this fanart that did its rounds on Tumblr a while back, but I can’t find the original source D:
Happy Father’s Day Everyone!
anyone else just now realizing how dad-centric heavy disney films are?
It’s because Disney hates women.
I mean, sure, they love their heroines, love them just enough to make them important to the story, but not always enough to give them a fully fleshed out character, other women to talk to, or even another female character who isn’t somehow evil…
But I suppose it’s a part of the wider misogynistic western denial of the mother’s role; when someone (in Disney’s case, man or woman or merman or merwoman or, y’know… Lion) needs to stand up and be a hero, a mother isn’t enough, they need a man to make them great.
Or am I just reading into this a little too deep and in the wrong direction?
I think you’ve got things a bit off. Even though the post is focusing on the dads, there are a number of examples of good mothers in Disney: Hera in Hercules, Bambi’s mother, Tiana’s mother, Simba’s mother. Shoot, Bambi’s mother was with him almost every step of the way. Tiana’s mother was equally as loving and supportive.
EDIT: And another reblogger brought up great examples as well. Andy’s mother in Toy Story (single mother taking care of two young kids), Penny’s mother in Bolt, and Wilbur’s mother in Meet the Robinsons.
While I don’t argue that their are good/great mothers within the Disney canon, the idea I’m putting forward is that the mothers are there, but when a character is raised to hero/ine level, the mother tends to be secondary.
For example, Simba doesn’t return to the pridelands in order to rescue his mother, he returns to take revenge for his father.
And - not to be mean - but we’re talking almost secondary, tertiary characters - Andy’s Mom? She doesn’t have a name, and it’s impossible to know if she’s “a single mother raising two children” or whether their just wasn’t room to share her five minutes of screen time with a father figure as well.
My point remains, I feel, that while mothers can appear, when Disney is trying to build a main character, when they want to imbue a person/merperson/lion with raw heroism, the father is involved.
How can we compare the role played by, for example, Mulan’s Father (also nameless) with the one played by Andy’s Mom, character wise? Mulan dresses as a man, joins the army, and ultimately saves the Chinese empire because of the loyalty she felt to her father. Andy’s Mom accidentally throws the toys in the trash.