For many people Walt Disney played a huge part in their childhood. It was every little girl’s dream to become a princess just like the ones in the movies, and little boys aspired to become knights in shining armour.
Although it is a nice concept, as we grew older we started to realise life wasn’t the way we thought it was. We were brutally thrown into a world that was far from what we had dreamed of: mice didn’t talk, carpets couldn’t fly and mermaids weren’t real.
Children these days are more aware of the stresses and worries of the real world, and though they still do enjoy Disney films, their innocence has been slightly corrupted. Video games, computer games and other technology based activities for children have taken over.
Most of the video games young boys are interested in involve violence and crime. Young girls are more interested in playing on mummy’s iPad, meaning that the truth about the grown up world is more readily available to them.
The internet allows them to find out things that they probably shouldn’t and the parents are blissfully unaware of what their own children are actually doing online.
There is an interesting debate when it comes to this subject. Is it better for children to live in their own little bubble, dreaming of love at first sight and frogs that turn into princes, or is it better that they are now exposed to the more adult world at a younger age?
We’ve put together a list of 10 lies that Disney told, so you can judge for yourself whether or not these lies are harmful to children or if they are simply the type of magical stories that kids should enjoy while they can.
If you’re pretty enough, you can communicate with animals
Pretty much every Disney film taught us that if you are extremely pretty, you will be able to communicate with animals. From Snow White to Pocahontas, the leading lady is always able to simply pick up a bird from a tree and befriend it.
Unattractive girls look like Anne Hathaway
The Princess Diaries was jam-packed with deception from beginning to end. Disney messed up an incredibly beautiful girl’s hair, put some granny glasses on her and expected us to believe that the nerdy unfortunate looking girl at your school could one day be turned into something as stunning as Anne Hathaway. Disney just wasn’t ready to tell us that some people in life are just not aesthetically pleasing to look at.
You will always get your happy-ever-after in the end
Disney’s make-believe world taught us that whatever happens in life, it will always turn out okay. The love of your life will always sweep you off your feet and turn up announced to save you whenever you get in a sticky situation. What they should have told us was the truth. They should have taught us that lovers do break up sometimes and life can be a challenge that ultimately you have to tackle yourself.
All good romances start with imprisonment
Beauty and The Beast trained us to believe that offering yourself up for imprisonment to save your father could lead you to the love of your life. We’re pretty sure that being trapped in a secluded environment with a beast isn’t exactly the best way to find the man of your dreams.
Bestiality is okay
Disney even made us believe that bestiality isn’t wrong at all. In fact, they encouraged us young ladies to go out kissing frogs in order to find our very own prince. In reality, kissing a frog is only ever going to end badly. Frogs can actually transmit bacterial infections such as salmonella just by touching your skin.
Love at first sight is something that will happen to everyone
Yes, according to Disney love at first sight is a common occurrence. Your eyes meet across the ballroom dance floor and you instantly fall head over heels for each other. What they should have told us was that it takes a while to find the right one, and even when you do you need to get to know them a bit first.
Getting married under pressure from your parents will make you happy
In Aladdin, Princess Jasmine must marry a prince and only a prince, meaning that she is unable to marry the person she truly loves. In real life, marrying someone that you don’t love is never going to make you happy.
A stranger kissing you whilst you’re asleep is totally fine
Sleeping Beauty made us think that a stranger kissing you whilst you’re sleeping is totally normal and may even lead to a happy marriage. Could this be why many of us have such unrealistic expectations of relationships?
Disobeying your parents for a man you’ve just met will end well
A number of Disney films see young girls disobeying their parents. For example, Ariel from The Little Mermaid sung “Betcha on land, they understand, that they don’t reprimand their daughters.” If all children mirrored this mentality the world certainly wouldn’t be a better place.
If the shoe fits, that is evidence enough that you are a match made in heaven
Okay, so Cinderella wasn’t exactly as simple as that, but even so, they hardly knew each other! Why didn’t Disney incorporate some more realistic ideals, such as going on a few nice dates rather than jumping straight to the chase and getting hitched?
What’s your verdict? Let us know in the comments section below.