We don’t watch many kids movies in our house, and we always steer clear of the Disney ‘blockbuster’ movies. We’ve got a bunch of good reasons of our own for doing so, but other people have noticed the dubious qualities that Disney is teaching as well.
And before you go thinking that your boys are learning some wholesome values from Disney, here’s another take on it:
Yes, I’ve heard people say that there are redeeming values to these movies (I won’t stoop so low as to call them films), but I don’t see them.
[Update: Because this post has hit a nerve and spurred many many comments, I feel the need to state what I believe is obvious: I didn’t make the graphics, I didn’t come up with the text on them, and it isn’t my original idea – I merely posted them here for the humor (and because they do have an element of truth). I also don’t believe that princesses are horrible role models in general, or that Disney movies will automatically turn kids into degenerate humans. But I do believe that kids pick up way more than we would like to think, and that they learn by imitating – which they do all the time. So letting our kids watch things that we don’t want them to imitate, or that we don’t agree with, is like letting someone else raise our kids – someone we disagree with – and we avoid that scenario as well.]