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8 Hidden Messages That Disney Conveyed Throughout Their Movies

People often think that cartoons are only for children and there are no meaningful lessons embedded in them. If you think so too, you couldn’t be more wrong. It is true that cartoons often contain funny, lovely, and colorful images. However, besides that, animated movies also bring viewers many social issues which make the movie more dramatic and meaningful.

Disney is renowned for this. Every Disney movie incorporates some social issues and conveys positive messages to the audiences. Therefore, we have compiled 8 hidden messages that show a deep side of Disney movies.

Don’t hesitate to check these amazing messages out and feel free to let us know which message impresses you the most in the comment section!

#1 Family Abuse in “Tangled” (2010)

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In the movie, Mother Gothel did not love Rapunzel, but only her magic long hair. Mother Gothel frequently criticized Rapunzel’s appearance and said that no one would like Rapunzel. All those cruel words destroyed the confidence of the little girl.

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In addition, Mother Gothel often manipulated Rapunzel, said that she was too naive and easily deceived. Mother Gothel used those reasons as an excuse to lock Rapunzel in a tower and restrict all her freedom. All of the above details is a proof of parental abuse and toxic overprotective parents in real life.

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Fortunately, Rapunzel later realized all these things and stood up for herself. In addition, she had a real family, where both her father and mother love her wholeheartedly.

#2 The reality of friend violence in “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)

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In Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope is a girl who is always cheerful and friendly to everyone. However, she is the victim of bullying and always has to receive cruel words from other girls. Bullying is becoming one of the worst evils in the world and surely, many people while seeing this movie will sympathize with Vanellope. Through the film, Disney wants to encourage those who are victims of bullying to stand up for themselves.

#3 Despotism in “Toy Story 3” (2010)

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The context of Toy Story 3 mainly takes place in a daycare center. All of the toys in this center are dominated by a teddy bear named Lotso. Lotso always pretends to want to build a paradise for abandoned toys, but he is actually creating his own dictatorship. The film delivers a message about dictatorship and the struggle between different classes of society.

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“Authority should derive from the consent of the controlled, not from the threat of force!” – this is the message that the film wants to convey, which has a deep meaning for adults as well.

#4 “Accepting people as who they are” in “Frozen” (2013)

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In Frozen, Elsa has a strange ability that no other normal person has. Therefore, her parents forced her to hide that ability and she even had to wear gloves so as not to reveal this secret. When everyone learned of Elsa’s special ability, they said she was a monster even though she did nothing wrong and didn’t hurt anyone.

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This is a brutal reality for people with disabilities or social minorities. Disney conveys the message of accepting all differences and everyone has the right to be respected by other people.

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#5 Mental illnesses in “Finding Dory” (2016)

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Finding Dory tells the story of Dory’s journey to find her family. This little blue fish suffers from short-term memory loss and it makes it very difficult for her to remember.

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In addition to Dory’s illness, her friends also suffer from a number of mental disorders, such as the depression of Hank or Bailey the whale has severe anxiety. These diseases make life difficult for patients, and they may even be laughed at for their illness. Disney wants to help viewers better understand these diseases and thereby, they will empathize with those who unfortunately suffer from these diseases and help them to happily integrate into the community.

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#6 The struggles of child custody and a broken family in “Lilo and Stitch” (2002)

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After losing her parents, Lilo becomes an orphan and goes through extremely difficult days. Lilo becomes impulsive, behaves badly and makes her older sister even more tired. Not only that, their families also encountered tougher things when social services wanted to take Lilo away.

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The film gives us an honest look at the life of a broken family and children who have lost their parents. However, no matter how difficult it is, family is still the warmest place “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”

#7 Depression and mental health from “Inside Out” (2015)

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Riley is a young girl suffering from depression. Throughout the film, we see Riley’s inner struggles and how she and her family try to fight this disease.

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In today’s era, depression is becoming more and more widespread and causes difficulties for many people. Hopefully through “Inside out”, people will have a more correct understanding of this dangerous depression disease.

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#8 Sexual harassment in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

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“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” reflects many sensitive issues in society and sexual harassment is the one that is most deeply portrayed. In the film, Esmeralda is frequently harassed by Frollo. He always touches her and says sensitive words to her. However, Esmeralda does not endure but stands up for herself, which is a great inspiration for victims of sexual harassment.

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