What Disney Movies Are Really About


Disney movies used to be my jam. When I was young, we owned every Disney movie, watched each one about 1,000 times, and even though my college years, it wasn’t unusual to find me catching the latest Disney release while vegging out with popcorn. Or wine in my adult years. There was just something so magical about those storylines, and I was so wrapped up in the joy of those movies. 

Well. That is the case no more.

I don’t remember having the same feelings about these movies that I feel now when introducing them to my kiddos. I don’t remember crying so much, but I’m in tears at some point in pretty much every Disney movie I rewatch.  

Let’s just forget these cute titles and give these movies their real labels. I’m too mom-atized to watch them without having completely different thoughts than I had when I was young.

The Lion King: Maybe Mufasa makes it this time?! NOOOOO! (sobs uncontrollably)

Finding Nemo: A Justification for Helicopter Parenting: Don’t Let That Kid Out of Your Reach, EVER!

Cinderella: This all looks very familiar except there are no animals who help me clean.

Sleeping Beauty: GIRL, embrace the beauty of this nap. Everyone just let that woman rest!

The Little Mermaid: Ain’t nothing bad about a teenage girl losing her voice (am I right?!)

Beauty and the Beast: THAT LIBRARY!!!

Pochahontas: Pretty sure this isn’t at all what I learned in history class.

Toy Story: So this is why everything I put away magically ends up back on the floor?

The Incredibles: Mom stretches to unbelievable limits–superpower, or just a normal day?

And don’t even get me started on Bambi.

Have you had any new feelings while watching your favorite childhood movies? Comment with your own mom musings!

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Sarah grew up in Lancaster, SC but has called Columbia home for nearly 10 years since her undergrad days at Presbyterian College. Columbia holds a special place in her heart, as it’s where she got her first “grown up” job, obtained her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from USC, and met her husband, Todd. She became a mother for the first time three years ago to Todd’s two sweet daughters, and loves watching them grow into unique and interesting young ladies (12 & 14) who inspire her daily. She is also experiencing life with an infant for the first time with their newest family member, a silly, happy 6-month-old baby boy. Sarah is a full time children’s librarian, and loves that her passion and her career have aligned to form dreamy days of sharing her love of literacy and learning with children and families. Sarah enjoys practicing her cake decorating skills, reading, brunch, ridiculously long showers (a luxury now with an infant), working out, good coffee and perfecting the art of crockpot cooking.


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