>>192991>I don't know why a bunch of adults get together and plan such depressing films for kids. Shouldn't children be watching happy, feel-good films?
Consider that some kids don't grow up happy and feelgood because their home lives are chaotic. So films like Spirit (separation and abandonment), The Land Before Time (parental death), Babe (making purpose out of cruel circumstances), and Shrek (ugly people aren't always evil), are films whose morals relate to kids facing similar circumstances.
Films like Bambi, Dumbo, and The Lion King resonate with kids who had to learn how to grow up without parental figures. During WWII when Bambi and Dumbo were released, it wouldn't have been uncommon for children to have lost a parent.
A lot of this stuff is dark artistic expression for its own sake too.
Here's an interesting fact: In 1938, after Walt Disney had success with Snow White, he bought his mother and father a brand new home in Hollywood. Within the first month, his mother (Flora) reported problems with the furnace fumes. The problem was never properly fixed.
Shortly after living there his mother died by asphyxiation from the furnace fumes, and it made his father very ill.
Walt felt guilty the rest of his life. People speculate that the reason why there were so many Disney mother deaths in the 1940s was due in part to Walt trying to emotionally process the grief.
There are at least 22 Disney movies with absent or dead mothers.
I will agree, however, that some animated films were made with more mature audiences in mind. Like Antz.
I remember watching Antz when I was 8 or 9, but I knew it was more for adults and my mom only bought me that because she thought it was going to be like A Bug's Life.
Well, it wasn't. Lol. But I felt cool as a kid because it felt like I was watching something normally forbidden. It's probably why I'm a desensitized fuck these days.