Friday, April 6, 2012

"Where triggers come true..."

Dear Disney,
THIS is why I have a hard time watching your movies.

Anastasia:  Orphan girl grows up, learns she was Russian royalty, and finds her grandmother.

Angels in the Outfield:  Boy in foster care deals with his biological father giving up his parental rights, but ends up being adopted by baseball coach.

Barbie’s “Island Princess”:  Separated from her family by shipwreck, Rosella grows up with forest friends, but ultimately finds her human mother, a Queen.

Cinderella: Father dies, leaving her to cruel step-family, fairy Godmother helps her meet the prince, and she leaves her step-family to marry her love.

Dumbo: Delivered by stork, ostracized from the rest of circus animals for being "different", separated from his mother , who is chained up in a separate cage after trying to defend her child. Only brash-but-lovable Timothy Mouse offers the hand of friendship to Dumbo, encouraging the pouty pachyderm to exploit his "different" qualities for fame and fortune. After trepidatiously indulging in a vat of booze, Dumbo awakens in a tall tree. Goaded by a group of jive-talking crows, Dumbo discovers that his outsized ears have given him the ability to fly, ultimately reunites with mother.

Hercules:  Baby boy stolen from natural parents/gods, “adopted” by normal earth parents, reconnects with his biological parents, but chooses to remain mortal.

Jungle Book:  Orphaned baby boy adopted by wolves, then rejoins human village.

Meet the Robinsons: Orphan boy goes into the future, seeing the family who will one day adopt him.

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Pete’s Dragon:  Orphan boy adopted by cruel family, rescued by dragon, then finds new family to adopt him.

Prince of Egypt:  Based on biblical story of Moses – baby adopted by Pharoah, then as an adult he learns of his true roots and leaves, later connects with his biological siblings and ends up having to fight his adoptive brother to free his people.

Rescuers:  Orphan girl is kidnapped, rescued by mice, then adopted.

Snow White:  Evil step-mother tries to kill the princess, she escapes to live with 7 dwarfs, step-mother dies, & Snow White is rescued by her Prince.

Tarzan: Orphaned baby boy adopted by gorillas, meets Jane, and together they choose to stay with Tarzan’s gorilla family.

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No (or 'absent') mother

Pinocchio: Pinocchio - no mother.
Peter Pan: The Lost Boys - no mother.
The Great Mouse Detective: Olivia Flaversham - no mother.
Aladdin: Jasmine - no mother; a mother character was originally written for Aladdin's character, but was ultimately cut so he has no parents.
Pocahontas: Pocahontas - no mother (mentioned only; revealed to have been dead for years)
Beauty and the Beast: Belle - no mother.
Oliver & Company: Jenny Foxworth - her mother is mentioned to arrive in time for her birthday, but is not shown.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Elizabeth, Will - no mother.
Tron: Legacy: Sam Flynn - no mother. No father for the majority of his life as well.
The Emperor's New Groove: Emperor Kuzco - no mother.
Finding Nemo:Nemo - No mother, she was killed at the beginning of the film 
Lilo and Stich : Lilo and Nani - parents dead prior the beginning of the movie.

Wicked Stepmother

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Evil Queen.
Cinderella: Lady Tremaine.
Enchanted: Queen Narissa
Tangled: Mother Gothel

Mother killed and/or captured

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo:  Mother killed by Frollo.
The Little Mermaid: Ariel, Attina, Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Adella and Alana - Mother killed by pirates.
Bambi: Bambi - Mother killed by a gunshot.
The Fox and the Hound: Tod - Mother killed by gunshot.
Dumbo: Mrs. Jumbo is locked up for the majority of the movie, but is not killed.
The Jungle Book: Mowgli - Raksha Killed by Shere Khan.
Lilo & Stitch: Lilo and Nani - Both parents killed in a car accident.
Brother Bear: Koda - Mother Killed by Kenai.
Tarzan: Tarzan - Mother killed (as well as father) by Sabor.
Finding Nemo: Nemo - Mother killed by barracuda.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Princess Kida - Mother killed while trying to save Atlantis from its first fate.

Biological mothers

One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Perdita - Only to the litter 15 puppies.
Bambi: Faline.
Bolt: Penny's mother.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Nala - Mother of Kiara, Zira - Mother of Nuka, Vitani & Kovu
The Lion King: Sarabi - Mother of Simba, Sarafina - Mother of Nala.
The Lion King 1½: Ma - Mother of Timon.
The Aristocats: Duchess.
Beauty and the Beast: Mrs. Potts, single mother.
Mulan: Fa Li.
The Princess and the Frog: Eudora.
Tangled: Queen.
Lady and the Tramp: Lady - Mother of Scamp, Annette, Collette and Danielle. Jane Brown - Mother of James Brown Junior.
Toy Story: Only mother present, no father.
Treasure Planet: Sarah Hawkins, single mother.
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea: Princess Ariel - Melody's mother.
Peter Pan: Mary Darling - Wendy, John, and Michael's mother.
Return to Never Land: Wendy - Jane and Danny's mother.
Sleeping Beauty: Leah, Queen.
Hercules: Hera.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II: Esmerelda - Zephyr's mother.
The Emperor's New Groove: Chicha - mother of Chaca, Tipo and Yupi, Azma - mother of Yzma.
The Incredibles: Helen Parr/Elastigirl - Mother of Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack Parr.
Meet the Robinsons: Unnamed Mother of Lewis. Franny Robinson - Mother of Wilbur Robinson, Petunia Robinson - Mother of Laszlo and Tallulah Robinson. 
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Diane Szalinski, mother of Nick, Amy and Adam Szalinski.

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Adoptive mothers

One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Perdita - Only to the other 84 puppies.
The Jungle Book 2: Messua - Mowgli's adoptive mother.
Tarzan: Kala.
Meet the Robinsons: Lucille - Lewis' adoptive mother.

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