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Dysfunctional Disney

Troubled parent-child relationships are a common theme in family films, from ”Cinderella” to ”Aladdin”

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So Disney is the bastion of family values, huh? Has anyone else noticed that, from Aladdin on down, the parent-child relationships in Disney’s animated adventures tend to be troubled enough to qualify for discussion on Oprah or Sally Jessy Raphael? Here’s a scorecard for the dysfunctional Disney families.

ALADDIN (1992)
*Character: Princess Jasmine *Caretaker: The Sultan *Prominent Characteristics: Abnormally short, white-haired, bushy-eyebrowed, pudgy, ineffectual but lovable space case *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Cinderella complex — she’s waiting for her prince to come.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)
*Character: Belle *Caretaker:: Father *Prominent Characteristics: See Aladdin *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Displays codependency.

THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
*Character: Ariel *Caretaker: Father *Prominent Characteristics: White-bearded giant with messianic complex *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Grandiose refusal to accept in-born limitations, latent waterphobia.

PETER PAN (1953)
*Character: Peter Pan *Caretaker: None (orphan) *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Peter Pan syndrome — inability to grow up.

CINDERELLA (1950)
*Character: The Prince *Caretaker: Father *Prominent Characteristics: See ”The Sultan” *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Foot fetishist.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951)
*Character: Alice *Caretaker: Sister *Prominent Characteristics: Barely present *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Borderline personality disorder, prone to hallucinations, substance abuser.

BAMBI (1942)
*Character: Bambi *Caretaker: Mother *Prominent Characteristics: Loving and nurturing, until she’s murdered *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Oedipus complex.

DUMBO (1941)
*Character: Dumbo *Caretaker: Mother *Prominent Characteristics: Loving, until she’s locked up *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Chronic insecurity.

PINOCCHIO (1940)
*Character: Pinocchio *Caretaker: Gepetto *Prominent Characteristics: White-haired, with a soft touch; spends much of his time with inanimate objects *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Habitual liar.

SNOW WHITE (1937)
*Character: Snow White *Caretaker: Seven dwarves *Prominent Characteristics: Sleepy, sneezy, happy, dopey… *Character’s Resulting Neurosis: Sleep disorder indicating clinical depression; possible latent multiple personality syndrome.

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