One of the reasons why parents love to show Disney movies to their kids is not just to keep them entertained, it’s also because most Disney films tend to include a message. The characters within the stories always face struggles and obstacles, but they always manage to overcome them, while learning a huge lesson in the meantime.
Below are some of the greatest life lessons that Disney has taught us over the years:
A cliche perhaps, but an important lesson for young kids (and not too few grownups) to learn. For example, Aladdin tries to change himself for Princess Jasmine, but ultimately she doesn’t care about titles or wealth. Disney strongly advocates the message that you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself and shouldn’t change for anyone. Your quirks are what make you YOU.
Classic examples are our two princesses, Cinderella and Snow White. Cinderella, in particular, was kind even to her evil step-family. And Snow White was kind and caring towards the dwarves who took her in. This kindness is always rewarded in Disney movies, and unkind behaviour also receives its just deserts. For instance, in Beauty and the Beast, the Prince was originally unkind to the beggar (fairy in disguise) who came to his door for help, and was subsequently turned into a beast.
An invaluable life lesson that Disney has brought to us in the most magical of fashions with the tale of Pinocchio. In the world of Disney, telling a lie won’t ever lead to any good. As stated by the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, “A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face.” When Pinocchio finally manages to stop lying, his nose stops growing and he gets to be a real boy! The clear message here is that being honest can get you much further in life.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a classic example of Disney telling us to look deeper than appearances. If Belle was choosing someone based on their appearance alone, she’d end up with Gaston and not the Beast! Imagine the horror.
As Simba surely learnt in the Lion King, you shouldn’t try to run away from your problems. You need to face up to your issues and deal with them before you’re truly able to move on.
Disney is full of strong female characters – fierce ladies who aren’t afraid to speak up for themselves. These characters set a great example for young girls everywhere to be more assertive and speak their mind. Perhaps they also teach boys not to make the mistake of so many grownup men and underestimate their female counterparts. You can find figurines of all these strong characters within The World of Miss Mindy Disney Collection.
As Peter Pan and Walt Disney himself truly believed, there’s nothing wrong with being a kid at heart. As Walt Disney said, “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” And that’s a piece of advice we’re more than happy to take on board.