Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Mother Figures & Disney Movies

For this blog post, I chose to analyze Disney movies in relation to motherhood. Many of the Disney movies do not have what is considered a traditional mother, but they do contain mother roles in other forms of characters.

In the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, there is no traditional mother, but Mrs. Teapot acts as a mother towards the Beast. She gives him advice on how to interact with Belle and how to change to become a more compassionate caring person. Keeping the members of the household in order is another one of the ways that she acts like the mother of the household.

The Little Mermaid, another Disney movie, also has a nontraditional mother figure. Sebastian, the crab, is put in charge of taking care of Ariel by her father, Triton. He is responsible for making sure that she attends the events she is supposed to and that she doesn’t get into any trouble, which is generally what mothers are thought to be accountable for. Triton also makes Sebastian liable for Ariel’s safety, much like a mother would.

This concept is also shown in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, in the Kim Wilde section. The girl is walking down the street and the Women’s Branch of the Guardians of the Revolution stop her and wants to arrest her for being improperly veiled and because she wasn’t dressed the way the thought Muslim women were supposed to dress. They can be seen as a kind of mother figure in a very nontraditional way. They are trying to protect the girl and makes sure that she behaves properly, which is what mothers do.

These different forms of popular culture show us that mother figures don’t have to be the traditional view of a mother. Mother figures can come in many forms. It doesn’t matter whether a person is male or female, they can still take care of people the way a mother is usually thought of doing.

Marjane Satrapi, “Kim Wilde,” Persepolis (2003).


Jessie said...

The analytical trajectory you chose to take here is interesting considering the historical trend to analyze the figures of mothers as evil in any sort of Disney-movie analysis. I think that the Sebastian point you make is an interesting one in relation to gender...but I'm not sure what the overall argument of the blog post is about mother figures and Disney movies (other than they exist).
Think about the role of the "evil step mother" in both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty...and the lack of an actual mother-role in the cast (the more I think about it) seems more common than the inclusion of a biological mother as a character in Disney's movies (Pinocchio is the first one that came to mind).
The Satrapi piece may be lacking the historical context to accurately link the "maternal" behavior with Satrapi's experiences. The women that Persepolis is stopped by in the chapter you're referring to, are government informants (the government was controlled by Islamic-fundamentalists) who were specifically women b/c of the paternalistic laws that the government had legislated--this example from Persepolis is one where you see women policing other women and the "policers" tend to oppress those that are like them readily due to the lack of other options for gaining (and a historical deprivation of) power in society.
Perhaps you need to focus on the messages that these "maternal" or "mother-like" characters send to the viewers of the films...analyze what the lack of a "biological mom character" means in relation to the messages being disseminated by the characters who are "like mothers" in the context of the film (or another text). For the most part, additional analysis would be ideal here (to keep you focused and ensure you argue a particular point).

Anonymous said...

You say that the mother figure can be either male or female, but why don't you just say nurturing parent figure? In my mind, the assumption that men can't have 'mother' roles is some pretty bad reverse sexism (a societal paradigm, not you in particular :)
I like your Sebastian point. I wouldn't call him a mother, though. The only real mother in a Disney film I can think of....let's, see, the Tree in pochahontas, yeah, definitely the teatop, sarabi in the lion king...

Anonymous said...

You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

Anonymous said...

Here is a partial list of popular movies: Babies, Toy Story 2, Secretariat, Kings Of Pastry, Red Film, The Slammin Salmon, Law Abiding Citizen, Sherlock Holmes, The Informant!, Where The Wild Things Are You can watch these [url=]Movies[/url]. 100% Legal Movie Downloads, Not P2P,No 3rd party software Needed. Members get complete access to all sections! Download Legally And Safely Full DVD Movies, Cartoons, Horror Movies, Family Movies, Comedy Movies, Action Movies, Suspense Movies, Adventure Movies, Classic Movies, Complete DVD Releases and much more .

Anonymous said...

[url=]Dresden Porcelain[/url], [url=]Lenox Ornament[/url], [url=]Nativity Set Italy[/url], Lefton China Owl Figurine #03223 Lefton Bunny Family Figurine #00305 Great Condition lefton figurines girl Lefton China Old Man Wicker Chair Cat #7852 Figurine Lefton China House Finch Kw4206 Bird Figurine. Goebel Hummel Figurines Hummel Figurine Umbrella Hummel Plates Hummel Figurine #123 Max And Moritz Hummel Goebel 1962 The Lost Sheep Boy Figurine hummel figurine umbrella Sensitive Hunter Hummel Figurine Hummel Goebel Retreat To Saftey Figurine.

Anonymous said...

All sorts of collectible figurines, [url=]Lefton Figurines[/url], [url=]Boy Figurine[/url], [url=]Cow Figurine[/url], [url= Angel/]Christmas Angel[/url], [url=]Farm Figurine[/url], [url=]Christmas Figurine[/url].

Anonymous said...

This is a topic that is close to my heart... Best wishes! Where are your contact details though?

Check out my web page ... bmi chart

Anonymous said...

Another very good reason for a fine husband!

Also visit my web-site arrow newport shed 8 x 6

Anonymous said...

An additional interesting comment from Christian Finn,
which I accidentally deleted while purging spam (sorry about that,

my webpage ... six pack shortcuts system review

Anonymous said...

Guys don t construct muscle simply because it burns energy although resting!
...all living tissue burns energy and altough muscle mass burns somewhat more you would be unhappy with all the distinction in comparison with fat.
..robust muscle tissues means robust bones indicates much better posture implies significantly less ostheoporosis signifies much
better well being period!As well as the beauty a part of it
is the icing around the cake

Feel free to surf to my blog ... body fortress chocolate build muscle and weight gain dietary supplement powder

Anonymous said...

Possibly its just the location I am in, but how occur more service women and men usually do not put
on their uniforms offbase/home/ on leave?

Here is my homepage - tips to attract women

Anonymous said...

looking for friend ship and possibly much more later Im out going hunt fish luv out doors
just simpleman

Also visit my web site - online Dating Statistics reuters

Anonymous said...

I,ll tell you one particular point he Superman wont have a likelihood against the silver surfer.

Here is my web site - secrets of superman stamina revealed watch online

Anonymous said...

Great tip ,you explain this very effectively.

Also visit my web page - teeth whitening pen at walgreens

Anonymous said...

Of course, i agree. It is a great capsule. My spouse tried it in March and acquired the related benefits.

(he've misplaced 10 pounds in 3-3.five weeks). He also began jogging this summer season and misplaced an additional 10-12lbs. So greater than twenty lbs in ~3-4 months period.. Not negative for fifty years previous boy!

Also visit my website :: what to do when weight loss plateaus on hcg

Anonymous said...

Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and
I in finding It really helpful & it helped me out much.
I hope to provide one thing back and help others such
as you helped me.

Here is my web blog :: vigrx plus

Anonymous said...

What pills are effective for PE? Im looking at dapavor.

my weblog; superman stamina torrent

Anonymous said...

A giant Economic Housing Bubble! What could possibly be Even
worse then a Gient Housing Bubble!?!. . The usa:
O I understand!. . (Blows training bubbles).
. The us:Two Big financial Bubbles!. . (Bubbles merge).

. Every person Else:I never believe? this bubble can get much far better.

. . The usa:Nonsense! (Starts rapidly blowing it up
having a "bike pump".). . Every person else:
No!. . (Boom!)

Also visit my weblog :: desensitizing creams for premature ejaculation