Disney Movies Obsession With Death Dying And Killing – 1937-1985

< Back

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_1937_poster

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.

Bambi (1942)

220px-Walt_Disney's_Bambi_poster

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 (1950)

215px-Cinderella-disney-poster

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)

220px-Sleeping_beauty_disney

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)

220px-One_Hundred_and_One_Dalmatians_movie_poster

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)

SwordintheStonePoster

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)

220px-Thejunglebook_movieposter

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)

220px-The_Black_Cauldron_poster

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.

Next >

1 reply »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s