Tonight was movie night in our household for myself and Cat. Most Fridays you can find the two of us watching a movie in the family room. We usually let Cat choose something at the video store and since she has been loving all things "fairytale" lately this week she chose "Beauty and the Beast." As I was sitting there with her watching the movie it really started to bother me that Belle had no mother. Not just that she had no mother but that there was no mention of her mother, at all. What happened to her?
I know that Disney gets a lot of crap for killing off moms in many of their movies (Bambi and Nemo) but are they to blame? To be fair they killed of Simba's father, equal time for the sexes I guess. Fairytales have been spreading the dead mom stories for a long time. Usually the mother dies and the father feels guilty for not having a mother for his children so he ends up remarrying and she ends up being the queen of all bitches, i.e. Hansel and Gretel or Cinderella.
I think what makes me so sad about all of these fairytales is that the princesses (because according to Cat they are all princesses) all seemto carry on without a mother or with, even worse, the evil stepmother. All they need is their prince to make their dreams come true. Am I over reacting to this? I think it just bothers me because I am a mother, and I want to make a difference in my daughters' lives. I want positive mother fairytales for my girls, and not just a fairy godmother. Hmmmm, maybe the fairy godmother actually represents the ghost of the dead mother. Okay, that is just way more than I wanted to get into with this post.
So to sum it up, no more dead mom's in my kids' stories, they have had their share and now lets move on to happy families.