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Classic disney facts: 7 disney movies that taught us terrible lessons

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#7. The Lion King: To Be Successful, Sometimes People Got to Die

Simba always knew that he was going to succeed his father, Mufasa, as the next Lion King. But fate liked spitting in poor little Simba's face, and his dear old dad got trampled to death by wildebeests. Of course, Mufasa's death was really caused by the evil Scar, Simba's uncle.
Later, all grown up, he reclaims his thrown and Scar suffers the double whammy of falling off a cliff and getting torn apart by hyenas. So after two particularly nasty and horrendous deaths, Simba finally becomes the lion king.
The Supposed Message:
We all have responsibilities we can't ignore. And don't trust that creepy uncle.
The Actual Message:
In order for you to be successful, other people will have to pay. And ultimately, that's okay, because the ends justify the means!

First you have Scar, who knew he couldn't be king of the pridelands until that dick Mufasa and his brat son were out of the way. So Scar did away with both of them, killing Mufasa and banishing Simba, and, as a result, he got to be king for a descent amount of time.
Then when Simba started to grow some balls, he took back his throne... but only after Scar himself took a dirt nap. It's true that Simba didn't intentionally kill him, but you know who did? The screenwriter. After all, the movie doesn't end with Simba convincing Scar to renounce his evil ways, or putting Scar in lion jail.

In fact, Lion Jail isn't even real.
No, the message was sent loud and clear: Simba could not be the true king unless Scar was dead. And they even arranged it so that Simba wouldn't have any of the pesky guilt that would have come with actually doing the deed himself. Everyone lived happily ever after. Except Scar of course, whose body was slowly pooped out by several hyenas the next day.
#6. Cinderella: Sort of Like "The Secret"

Cinderella is forced by her bitchy stepmother to clean the house from stem to stern every day. The only thing that prevents her from swallowing a bottle of pain killers is her belief that someday her dreams will come true.
One day Cinderella plans to attend a ball thrown by the prince, but the fact that she has a cutthroat bitch for a stepmother completely slipped her mind. She is forbidden from going.

Luckily, it turns out Cinderella has a fairy godmother, who uses her magic to hook Cinderella up with a ride, a beautiful outfit and a pair of what would seem like grossly impractical glass heels. At the ball Cinderella uses her innate flirting skills and rocks the prince's world, to the point that the next day the prince whisks her away to be his princess.
The Supposed Message:
Dreams do come true!
The Actual Message:
If you wait around long enough, the universe will practically hand stuff to you.

"Could you fix my credit score while you're at it?"
No one is denying the fact that Cinderella's life was one big shit stain. But in her state of mind, she actually thought that her dreams would just sort of happen if she sat around being miserable long enough. It never occurred to her that she had the ability to just tell her stepmother to go fuck herself.
Instead she kept scrubbing floors and believing that, if she continued to wish very hard and take absolutely no action, everything would fall into place. And what do you know, the bitch gets a fucking kingdom out of it.
So don't worry, girls. Some kind of "Fairy Godmother" will sweep into your life at any moment, and find you a man to take care of everything. Just keep wishing!
#5. The Little Mermaid: A Little Deal with the Devil Never Hurt Nobody

A little mermaid named Ariel, who is presumably little in title only since she has one impressively big rack, dreams of living her life on shore and finding her true love. Well, a clearly evil sea-witch named Ursula offers to give the naive mermaid legs in exchange for something she probably might need in the future: her voice.
When Ariel makes it to shore, she realizes the Sea-Bitch screwed her, as her legs work with the grace of a drunken paraplegic and she can't speak. So now she must somehow make Prince Eric fall in love with her while appearing to be either mute or retarded.

By some miracle, the prince takes the bait (again, note the rack) but then Ursula, who in the cartoon seems to be portrayed as a black drag queen, goes after the couple. The prince is forced to kill Ursula by stabbing her with a ship. As a result, Ariel gets both her legs and her voice.
The Supposed Message:
True love conquers all!
The Actual Message:
A little compromise with evil is okay, as long as everything works out okay in the end!
Ariel loved to sing, and she sang pretty damn well. But she wanted to live on shore and find love so bad that she made a "deal" with a "devil" and "sells" her beautiful voice, or "soul" so to speak.

And guess what? It worked. Sure, the writers threw in some complications in the form of Prince Eric having to send Ursula straight to Disney Hell, but the fact of the matter remains that Ariel would never have gotten to meet Prince Eric at all had she not compromised with the evil queen in the first place. She made a figurative deal with the devil, got everything she wanted and came out completely unscathed.
So keep that in mind if you have to, say, sleep with some dude to get that acting role. None of that will matter once you achieve your dreams!
#4. Beauty and the Beast: Just Because He's Abusive, Doesn't Mean He's Not a Really Good Guy

After a spoiled prince pretty much tells an old beggar woman to fuck off, he is transformed into a beast, as it turns out the beggar is an enchantress. And she makes it very clear that until he learns to love and thus is loved in return, there will be no ladies in his life and it's just going to be him and his hand for a very long time.
As luck would have it, there happens to be a woman out there named Belle with a heart big enough to share with unfortunate-looking people such as the Beast, and she's not too bad to look at either. When her father is kidnapped by the Beast, Belle offers herself in exchange for his freedom.

Against all odds, they fall in love. The townspeople snap and try and kill the Beast, but because Belle admits she loves him, the Beast turns back into a man and the two live happily ever after.
The Supposed Message:
Treat others the way you wish to be treated!
The Actual Message:
Underneath the abusive exterior of your man is a loving heart he's just dying to share with you.
First of all, Belle was a prisoner in the Beast's fucking castle. Nothing says "I love you" like house arrest. Secondly, he wasn't exactly whispering sweet nothings in her ear. The Beast hurled insults at Belle at every chance, and came close to pimp slapping the shit out of her on more than one occasion.

But she ignored all that unimportant trivia, because the Beast had a loving heart! Sure he gets angry sometimes, but that's just how he is. And, in the end, he turned back into a sexy, romantic prince. It's all good now.
Her patience paid off, girls, and it will for you, too! If you just stick with it and don't judge your man too harshly. Or call the cops.


#3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Ugly Dude Never Gets the Girl

Quasimodo is born with a hunched back and a face that only a mother could love. Too bad his mother gets killed by an asshole named Frollo.
Quasimodo moves into the bell tower of a cathedral and becomes the hunchback of Notre Dame. He then winds up in a love triangle with the lovely gypsy Esmeralda and the aforementioned Frollo.
When spurned by the girl, Frollo tries to burn Esmeralda at the stake. Quasimodo rescues her and, after that, the twisted, malformed freak is able to freely go out in public without people pointing and shaking their fists at the sky in reaction to God's twisted design. Quasimodo and Esmeralda get married and... oh, wait, no. She winds up with some other dude.

"The order goes: handsome guy, then the goat and then you, Quasimodo."
The Supposed Message:
Don't judge a book by its cover!
The Actual Message:
Ugly guys don't get the girl, even if they're devoted and awesome. That's just how it works, sorry.
From the first moment Quasimodo laid his misshapen eyes on her, the poor dope was madly in love with Esmeralda. They seemed destined for each other. French society had given both of them the middle finger, and they both liked sticking it to Frollo.
But just as Quasimodo was starting to feel good about himself, Esmeralda meets another guy: the dashing and completely non-deformed Captain Phoebus. And who in their right mind would pass up tall, dark and handsome for short, pale and abominable?

Quasimodo ended up alone while Phoebus and Esmeralda made some sweet, sweet gypsy magic. So for you hideous guys out there, true love and heroism is great and all, but at the end of the day, we just can't have you infecting the gene pool.
#2. Sleeping Beauty: If a Guy Saves Your Ass, it Belongs to Him

There's always that one person who wasn't invited to the party for very good reasons, but feels they are entitled to show up anyway. The party crasher in this Disney movie happens to be a very powerful, very evil fairy named Maleficent who curses the birthday girl, Princess Aurora, to prick her finger on a spindle of all things and, well, die.
Suddenly, the music stops with a needle scratch and there's an awkward silence as the evil bitch makes her exit. However, a fellow party-going fairy counteracts the curse by blessing the princess, saying that the princess will instead merely fall asleep until a prince--and she means any prince--comes along and pretty much date rapes her.

"Man, if any of you were princes, I'd totally be giving it away for free, straight up. You don't even know."
Sure enough, Aurora falls asleep. But then Prince Philip (who has been stalking the princess) kills Maleficent, then kisses the princess and probably enjoys a grope fest, which will remain the prince's little secret and Aurora's repressed memory as they live happily ever after.
The Supposed Message:
True love will conquer all!
The Actual Message:
That guy who comes along and saves you from a crisis? Marry him! He's the one!

"Let's just skip to the vows, I'm in a hurry."
When a rational woman wakes up to find a man practically on top of her, their first instinct would be to reach for the mace. Not our princess; she basically didn't know his ass from Adam, but she went ahead and married the guy. One kiss at the right time, and she knew she had found Mr. Right.
You may notice that this winds up as the exact polar opposite of the Hunchback of Notre Dame lesson, taken so far in the other direction that it winds up being even more wrong. Never mind that "compatibility" stuff and the all the time it takes for most folks to find out if they have it. If you're in a tough spot and a handsome guy saves the day, you instantly belong to him. Forever and ever!
Though we guess it only works if you're not a hunchback.
#1. The Fox and the Hound: Sometimes People Are Different, and That's Awful

After his mother gets capped and is presumably turned into a tasteful wall ornament, a little fox named Tod is taken in by an old woman to be raised on a farm. Tod eventually meets a hunting dog named Copper and the two hit it off.
Tod thinks the two will be friends forever, but over the winter Copper leaves on a hunting trip, and when he returns he's a full fledged fox-killing machine. When Tod goes to see Copper, he is attacked by Chief, Copper's mentor. Chief gets injured, and Copper makes it his mission in life to see former friend Tod meat packaged.

Eliminate on sight.
Copper and his owner eventually find Tod and try to take him down. When a bear jumps into the fight, Tod saves Copper and his owner. So they decide to call a truce, and the two go their separate ways.
The Supposed Message:
Even though we're different, we can still get along.
The Actual Message:
And by "get along" we mean "don't kill each other." We certainly do not mean "live together." Don't be silly, you belong to different races!

Our fox and hound find their long friendship thoroughly obliterated and end up trying to kill each other. Only after the member of the pursued and persecuted race does a favor for his oppressor (when the hunted saves the hunter's life) does the hound grant the fox permission to continue living.
But not as equals; the hound returns to his home with the humans and the fox returns to the wild.
That is how we will heal our racial and socioeconomic differences: by separating ourselves. If only we could institute some kind of "segregation" where all of us could be with our own kind, none of this unpleasantness would happen.
Thanks for showing us the way, Mr. Disney!



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nice...
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ROFLOL!!!!!! especially The Hunchback of Notre Dame part XD
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thnx....
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Sure thing!
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:)
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Bubba38 said:
loved it! very funny and true :)
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Totally agree!
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thnx 2 all
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Oliver and Company trains thieves. Just listen to Streets of Gold.
"When you've got talent everything is free." (part of the chorus)
"The only rule is thou shall not get caught; get want you can and then get away." (this part wasn't in the movie, but it's on the soundtrack)
Not to mention the good guys are a gang (they're referred to as The Gang) of thieves.

Now I'll take the time to point out how much I love classic Disney movies and I'm not trying to say that they're a bad example for kids.
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I liked it, but I didn't agreed with all of them.
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this isn't funny. and just so you know, the one about HoND is not an awful lesson, it just teaches what actually happens in real life. if you walk on the street, try to count how many girls do you see with a bad looking guy. yeah, probably none.
besides, quasi got his happy ending, why would he need a girl?
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JAWSM said:
this article is good but not completely true.i mean, 3-9 yr olds are going to watch these movies and they won't even think of ANY moral(their brains will be too busy looking at the colourful pictures infront of them). And I'm shure that the walt disney co. ddn't think of the morals that way.Anyhow-you kinda missed the point of swearing by using it tooooo much:p
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JaimeRay said:
Agreed with pretty_angel192.
Happy ending is not synonimous with getting the girl.
The Hunchback taught us the greatest lesson of all, AND, he was willing to fight for her even when he knew she "already had her knight in shinning armor"

But it's not your fault, after all, you just reposted this.

Next time, give credit where credit is due.
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melamelia said:
WOW!IT Z FUNNY BUT 2 MUCH SWEARING N ABIT OF UNTRUTHS HERE N THERE.DONT U THINK ITS A BIT TOUCHY???!!!
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This was a interesting article. I was surprise at the movies that are a bad example, they are the movies that I loved growing up. I believe that they have great life lessons and it is only very critical and pessimistic minds that find bad in them. Little kids don't watch The Little Mermaid and think "Well, this movie showed me that its oaky to make deals with the devil", they think "True love conquers all". It is only adult minds that have been twisted into thinking dirty and negatively that see the things in that article. One of my favorite movies is The Hunchback of Norte Dame. I never saw it as having a bad life lesson. No, Quasi doesn't get the girl, but that was not the point of the story. It was about outcast fitting in to society. And Quasi was not head over heals in love with Esmerelda. He had i crush on her since she was the first person that was ever nice to him. This was a very realistic movie and in real life most people don't marry the first crush they ever had. Also, for the Cinderella about if you wait everything will be handed to you... I disagree. She had a dress made and was ready to go to the ball and the dress was destroyed, she took life with a grain of salt and was reward. She lived life doing that right things with a positive attitude. This is the belief of Karma, which is a real believe for many religions. So saying that is a bad lesson is insulting. That is why I think this article is not very factual and is a bit ridiculous.
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