Here’s Why All Walt Disney Characters Have No Mothers?
Mickey Mouse didn’t have a mother. Donald Duck didn’t have. Tarzan didn’t. Even Cinderella didn’t. What about Aladdin? Even he didn’t have a mother. What is common among these Walt Disney characters is not that they didn’t have a mother, but besides that, they were all created by Walt Disney. So just in case you are wondering why did that happen, let me tell you, Walt Disney had a mother. A father. Good parents. But his characters were motherless. And the reason is really going to break your heart.
The Tragic Incident That Changed Walt Disney’s Life
After the success of his film Snow White, Walt Disney gifted a lovely house to his parents. When his parents moved in, some Disney employees had come over to repair a furnace. One of the employees made a mistake that resulted in a lethal gas leak. The very next day, the housekeeper came only to find Walt Disney’s parents lying unconscious on the floor. The lady dragged both of them to the lawn and tried reviving them. His father survived while his mother succumbed to death due to heavy intoxication and choking. Thus, we have a lot of emotional mess going on in here. Walt Disney was filled with grief and guilt after this incident and he thought of himself as a culprit.
But if we go in that direction, then Walt Disney should get into his character creation after his mother’s death. But that wasn’t true. So there’s something more to the fact that Walt Disneycharacters had no mothers. Read on!
He Believed In Self Reliance And That Was Clearly Depicted Through His Walt Disney Characters
If you look very clearly at the story of Tarzan you’ll see it is based on the archetype of hero’s journey. The only variable here being that the child was separated at an age very less as compared to others in the same archetype. So the basic idea here is to get from the position of being dependent to a place of self reliance. That’s what Tarzan did. This inherent pattern goes with other characters of his. What Walt Disney wanted in his life was being in charge of his life by taking full responsibility over himself. That’s how he fulfilled his core value through his characters. The same goes with any art. Every person who creates a piece of art such as music, painting, poetry or even a statue, it depicts the creator’s own ideas and reflects their own values. Of course they do it for their audience and admirers but those fans too long for the same thing that the creator is longing for. That’s why they are fans.
Walt Disney Was Dyslexic Too
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I have not met Walt Disney personally nor I have a perfectly clear idea about his psychological development. What I feel is that he missed being independent and responsible while growing up. Which is somewhat true since he was dyslexic as a child. He could read and write as normal kids did. Then was when his mother must have begun taking care of him leading to a strong mother-son bond. And when he grew up, Walt would’ve felt like a small child with his mother. That’s why Walt Disney characters are what he always wanted to feel and not what he was made to feel. That’s why Aladdin takes risks and rises from being a wanderer to a king. That’s why the Disney heroine long for a knight in shining armour to take her away from the regular life. Whatever may have happened with Walt Disney, his work is to stay forever. And one of the things that he taught us is taking responsibility and growing up in life.
Long love Walt Disney and his work! We surely are and always will be in love with all Walt Disney characters!
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