Disney Movies Obsession With Death Dying And Killing – 1937-1985
From the previous page, here is the Classic Era up to Disney’s first decline in popularity (1937-early 1980s).
And yes, if you haven’t seen any of these films and are still looking forward to seeing them, take this as a SPOILER ALERT.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White is a princess living with her stepmother, a vain and wicked Queen who is assumed to have taken over the kingdom after the death of Snow White’s mother and father.
During Bambi’s first winter, his mother is shot and killed by a deer hunter while trying to help her son find food, leaving the little fawn mournful and alone.
Cinderella’s father’s grand chateau attests to his great wealth, which tragically dwindles in his later years and is exhausted. Cinderella’s mother had died when their daughter was very young. After deciding that his dearly beloved daughter needs a mother’s care, Cinderella’s father marries Lady Tremaine, a proud and confident woman with two daughters from her first marriage, Drizella and Anastasia.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Merryweather (an “evil” fairy) tells Maleficent (a good fairy) that she was unwanted and the evil fairy curses the princess, proclaiming that while she will indeed be beautiful and graceful, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die before the sunset on her sixteenth birthday.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Upon receiving the message, Pongo and Perdita immediately leave town to retrieve their puppies. Meanwhile, Tibbs overhears Cruella ordering the Baduns to kill and render the puppies that night out of fear the police will soon find them.
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The film begins in the 6th century in England with the death of the king, Uther Pendragon. Uther did not leave an heir to his throne, and without a king, “it seemed that the land would be torn by war”.
The Jungle Book (1967)
Having not seen this one myself I am relying on my friend Google and his/her many contacts around the world (wide web). I am getting two versions of the story but both talk about Mowgli’s parents having died leaving him to be an orphan.
I am going with the version sourced from http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Mowgli which is based on the movie.
In the first scene of the film, Mowgli, as an infant, was found in a battered canoe. His parents were nowhere to be found but it is implied that they died not too long before Mowgli was discovered by Bagheera. How exactly is unknown, but it can be concluded that a messy river accident claimed their lives.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Orddu agrees to trade the cauldron for Taran’s sword, and he agrees, although he knows that to yield it will cost his chance for heroism. Before vanishing, the witches reveal that the cauldron is indestructible, and that its power can be broken only by someone who climbs in under his own free will, which will kill him.