Monday, September 28, 2009

Cloudy...with a chance of MOTHERHOOD?


Dear Children's Film Makers/Writers/ Editors/ and Producers-

A family decides to check out a movie on a given Sunday afternoon, and something ragingly perplexing ensuses. A plot without a mother. And NOW...NOW, this MOTHER is fighting back. Not sure who's ear this will bend on but I have to say that I am no longer taking my children to movies anymore until I know what the plot premise is. Can someone PLEASE tell me why Mothers are not very prominent in children's movies? Are we overbearing? Do we empower our children too much? Are we scene stealers??? Seems to me like Dads seems to do just fine as a main character...so why not us? Here are just a couple of examples of movies and the plots which are excluding MOTHERS......


The latest movie where Mom just randomly dies.......
Cloudy with not a chance of a Mother chance of meatballs...


One of my personal un favorites......BAMBI




Ahhhh..Ahhhhh...Ahhh...Ahhhhhahhhhhh.....Yet another Mom-Busting plot.....Maybe she is Under the Sea...



You get the Limo out front...hottest styles every shoe every color.... But you don't get a MOM.
Still don't understand why Hannah Montana does not have a mom in the picture....would she be Jealous?






Not even fish can "Catch" a break...Nemo doesn't have a MOM either....



Be my guest...Be my guest...Can someone help me with this MOM quest????



Bippity Boppity Boo...Who's gotta Mom??? Not you....(Cinderella)




A whole new world, thats where we'll be....a better place for you and ME...(unless you are a mother).



Would Pinnochio's nose have grown if he mentioned his Mommy?


Not even in the jungle. We can't even get a loin cloth?



Perhaps MOM is one of the colors of the wind...




And here was another more recent movie...UP, I mean someone could have warned me that within 3 minutes into the movie I would have to explain to my 3 year old why the woman obviously died from cancer or some other horrible illness. Please people, we KNOW that bad things happen in real life. Do we really have to depict this in a 2 hour movie that I paid $50 for my family of 4 to see? I'm guessing NO..



Curious what your thoughts on this are...
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He & Me + 3 said...

I have always wondered why Disney gets rid of all the moms. There are several other movies that I have seen that the mothers have been killed. What about Full house & many of the Olsen Twin movies are motherless. Crazy. I am glad to see Dad's stepping up to the plate to raise their kids but they need moms too. How about The Disney movie with the Rock...The game plan...that little girls mom was killed in a car crash. Rock then raised her.
Good question you brought up.

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

hmmmm never thought about it actually.

wife.mom.nurse said...

Amen Sista!!!!!!!!

Disney is anti-mother, yeah, that's it.

Everyone boycott Disney. (Cue lynch mob)

(oh yeah, going to take Annie there next month, so much for the boycott!)

:)

Joan said...

I think it helps make the characters sympathetic victims so we will care about what happens to them.

Or it could be that writers have no original thoughts.

Or it's a left wing conspiracy to further the welfare state and to lead us blindly into socialism and government run healthcare.

Carrie said...

Oh, my...I never really realized that! But now that you've mentioned it! You are so right! And even when the characters have stepmoms...they are mean and nasty!
Interesting! Maybe the producers have a bad memory of their mothers! So sad!

Lara said...

I have noticed the phenomenon before, but never actually compiled a list to see it all spelled out like that. It is curious...and sad. I guess they figure they won't make money with normal, well-functioning families. They have to make the story sad.

TCKK said...

I guess I've never really considered it very much. But seeing the list...wow, that's unbelievable! Is there any Disney movie that does have a mom? Oh yeah...The boy in Toy Story has a mom. Lizzie McGuire had a mom and so did the kids on Even Stevens. Well, at least that's a couple moms. :-)

Alicia said...

Wow, I never really thought about that!!! Very good observation!

Beth E. said...

I never thought about it before...but that totally stinks about the moms!

P.S. Joan's comment cracks me UP! I don't know Joan...never met her...but she's a hoot!

Jennifer Haas said...

So true. I never thought of that. One movie we saw recently to add to the list is Meet The Robinson's.

Kim said...

You raise a good question! I have not thought about it until now, interesting!

The Real Me! said...

We talk about that all the time! Disney has it out for Mothers and their rolls in the family! Why do you think they have Gay Pride week. Upsetting isn't it?
Hugs.
Kim

April said...

You know, I've never even given it any thought, but you are right on the money!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. I loved Up. I mean, I can not think of a movie I loved more than Up this year. I did cry though.

I never thought about the lack of mothers in Disney movies. I have read some things about it before. It never impacted me profoundly though. I would think a big reason they do it is because it plays with your sympathies and it totally makes you love the character more. That would just be my wild guess!

I think you are a super fantastic mother. We payed 45 for 3 people (2 of them kids) to see Cloudy in 3D. I thought that was RIDICULOUS!

Bridget said...

I hadn't realized just how many movies there were out there without moms in it-WOW!!! That's pretty sad!

Kristin said...

I never put a lot of thought into this - you wrote a very amusing post about a most UNamusing fact! Bring back the Mommies!