Recently I have been re watching a lot of Disney movies in my free time. Some of which I have not seen in the past couple of years. As a child, I remember them being cute and the songs were great and catchy. However watching them as a college student, I have noticed more of the serious themes and lessons that were placed throughout the story. Many of the characters can be linked to having some sort of mental illness or trauma. There are also similarities to historical events or groups in the movies that could only be recognized by those who have studied high school world history. However, the biggest thing I have noticed is the lessons and how they relate to people in real life. Some examples are Belle from Beauty and the Beast who does not want to live a boring life or Quasimodo from Hunchback of Notre-Dame who wants to accepted for his personality and not his looks.
What I like about Disney movies is that they are marketed as family movies and not kids movies. The writers know that older people will also be watching these movies. They add interactions or subject that adults could find fun, thought provoking or recognizable to modern day issues. Issues like prejudice have been used as part of the plot main problem in the movies. Something I found interesting is that earlier Disney movies had addressed very little about social issues compared to movies produced in recent years. Everyone, no matter what age, can watch the movies and get some enjoyment from them. The movies themselves make an average fairy tale charming while also explaining a lesson ether through song or through plot.
One movie that portrays these traits is Lion King. There are similarities of the play hamlet in the story with the evil uncle killing the king and leaving the prince behind. Hamlet is also predominant in a scene where the main character talks to the ghost of his father during a time of sadness and confusion. We see Historical connections in scenes with Scar and the Hyenas compared to Nazis in World War Two. The movie also talks about interesting topics like finding self identity and dealing with complex emotions like depression. These are subjects that most young children would not even understand or pick up on but adults do. The lessons that come from this movie can apply to any college student. We should not worry to much about our previous mistakes but rather learn from them.