Movie Analysis : ' Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs '

1064 WordsFeb 26, 20165 Pages
In most of his movies, Walt Disney (1901-1966) portrayed death as an inevitable element in the life of a family—an element that repeatedly created a routine of young motherless and fatherless characters. Take, as examples, the movie Bambi ( 1942) in which a deer hunter killed Bambi’s mother, the movie Cinderella (1950) in which Cinderella’s mother dies at the beginning of the movie, the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) in which Snow White’s mother dies, once again, at the beginning of the movie. In Disney movies, most protagonists have no parents; they have absent parents, adoptive parents, or one parent who dies in the movie. In other words, death, in Disney movies is a norm and not an exception. Why is death such a preponderant element in Disney movies? In 1938, Walt Disney’s mom, Flora, died by asphyxiation due to a defective furnace. She died in the new house that Walt Disney bought for her just a month before the tragedy. She died in her sleep. The same type of death mentioned in movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). Until the end of his days, Walt Disney felt responsible for Flora’s death. Thus, one may infer that the tragedy is the sole cause of Walt Disney 's obsession for producing movies with a motherless or a fatherless child. After all, Disney movies created before 1938, such as the short black and white movie Alice in Wonderland (black and white version, 1923) and the short movie Steamboat Willie (1928)
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