Back Again and Feeling Better, Now May Be Stepping On Some Toes (Who, Me? Sorry)

Was Walt a Meanie? - walt disney was a meanie
United States
April 10, 2007 10:51am CST
Hello everyone! It's so great to be back among the people that I care about again. It has been a long haul. I won't be able to post as much as I did for awhile - the house has gone to he11 and back! I just responded to a question posted by a sweet 17 year old young woman asking, "How do you feel about Disney having their first black princess?. I wish that I knew how to find the thread so you could respond to her. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/892702.aspx I hope that will get you to it so you can respond. She is fairly new here and has started some pretty good discussions. Now, on to my RANT and RAGE....it would be Mr. Walt Disney himself. Granted, I did not personally know the man but I do personally think he was not the child lover we all believe him to be. In fact, I think he was quite the opposite; and I think for some odd reason, his legacy carries on even today and for what reason totally evades me. Have you ever seen just one Disney movie that did not contain graphic violence or unnecessary death of some kind? Even the fantasy movies have their scary parts - think about Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Just take a moment and think of all of the ones you have seen. Was there not a moment that either made you cry or at the very least startled you? If it did that to you, what does it do to a child? We worry about other violence that our children see, but if it says "Disney" automatically think it is good, healthy, and proper viewing. Okay, I feel better now~Donna
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@APMorison (424)
• United States
10 Apr 07
In partial defense of the subject matter the works were based on - if you've ever read any of the original versions of the 'fairy tales' that some of his stuff is based on its the Disney revised version is often much tamer than, say the Brothers Grimm stories. On the other hand - it has long been discussed that Walt kept an iron grip on much that went on with Disney - including the careers of any of the Disney actresses who portrayed the innocent, virginal types - even in films that were not Disney made, they're contract with Disney made certain claims on the actress that prevented them from taking particular types of roles, etc - case in point - ever noticed that Annette Funicello was always more Covered in any of the films she did that were not Disney, where her 'friends' were in much skimpier attire? (Beach Movies) Walt was known for his absolutely Rigid Stance on much that was Disney - so yeah - ol' Walt was definitely a meanie
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Annette Funicello actually made a promise to Walt Disney that she would never, ever show her belly button on film. She actually has talked about this on shows and interviews and that she kept the promise. If you look at her beach movies the bikini comes up and covers the belly button. What is so sensual about that aspect of the body I don't know but that was the one thing he asked her not to show. I guess she could show everything else though if she wanted.
• United States
13 Apr 07
I agree with you on the violence in kids movies. Not just Disney. Even in children's books. I have made a vow that until my kids reach about 6 or 7 I'll be very selective when it comes to the movies they view and books I read to them. I don't want any monsters or such because that in turn will just give them nightmares. I don't want them to know unnecessary fear and be scared of something that doesn't exist. I'm going to go check out that other discussion :) Glad you're back and feeling better again :)
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• Dallas, Texas
12 Apr 07
I did not know that - good info - and good to see you back!!!!!
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I never think of these things on my own. It usually takes prompting from another person to actually make me recall something about a movie that I never considered before. Glad to see you back Donna. Missed having you around! Huggers to you.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
10 Apr 07
Hi, Welcome back, I bet it must be great to be back. Oh I shall have a look at this discussion you are talking about here. Most disney movies that I have seen have been lovely, yes I have actually never seen any disney movie with graphic violence, or anything of that kind when I watched them. Oh that is not good if this is what disney believe that they are good for children to see unhealthy, or violence of any kind.
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• Canada
10 Apr 07
Welcome back
• United States
10 Apr 07
Thank you!~Donna