The Sad Reason Why Most Disney Characters Do Not Have Mothers

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(PCM) Like us, I’m sure that many of you were left pondering just why it appears that so many Disney characters are lacking a mother figure or that the mother figures are often tragically killed within the beginning of the film. For the first time, that answer has been revealed and it is an incredibly tragic story.

Recently, “Maleficent” executive producer Don Hahn spoke with Glamour Magazine and revealed two stories that are rarely spoken about, but certainly shed light on the motherless child theme that we see in so many classic Disney tales.

Hahn says “One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and Disney films are about growing up. They’re about that day in your life when you have to accept responsibility. Simba ran away from home but had to come back. In shorthand, it’s much quicker to have characters grow up when you bump off their parents. Bambi’s mother gets killed, so he has to grow up. Belle only has a father, but he gets lost, so she has to step into that position. It’s a story shorthand.”

The second reason is where things definitely take on a more tragic turn as it is revealed that Walt Disney himself, felt responsible for his own mother’s death after he purchased his parents a home in 1940. Hahn revealed “He had the studio guys come over and fix the furnace, but when his mom and dad moved in, the furnace leaked and his mother died. The housekeeper came in the next morning and pulled his mother and father out on the front lawn. His father was sick and went to the hospital, but his mother died.”

Hahn went on to say that Disney never spoke about his mother’s death, nor did anyone else, “because he personally felt responsible because he had become so successful that he said, ‘Let me buy you a house.’ It’s every kid’s dream to buy their parents a house and just through a strange freak of nature — through no fault of his own — the studio workers didn’t know what they were doing. “There’s a theory, and I’m not a psychologist, but he was really haunted by that. That idea that he really contributed to his mom’s death was really tragic.”

Such a sad, sad story, but it definitely makes a lot of sense and certainly sheds some light on why we see so many of Disney’s characters lacking their maternal role models.

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The Battle Is On Between Disney And Deadmau5

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(PCM) EDM superstar Deadmau5 is gearing up for quite the legal battle between himself and entertainment company Disney. The fight is over the similarities between Deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman’s mouse ears logo and the famed Mickey Mouse logo owned by Disney.

Zimmerman brought the fight into the social media realm when he posted a series of tweets urging Disney to “lawyer up” after they filed a motion in opposition to Zimmerman’s attempt to trademark his own logo in the U.S.

Zimmerman is also filing a counterclaim against Disney, as he discovered that they were using one of his most popular tracks “Ghosts N’ Stuff” in one of the promo videos on their website. The video in question has since been removed after Zimmerman called them out on social media.

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The Deadmau5 logo, which is a forward facing mouse head with large circular ears and two large eyes, is a registered trademark in over 30 countries and Zimmerman has been using the logo in the States for many years. Thus far, Disney is only opposing the U.S. trademark filing.

Zimmerman’s attorney claims they are ready for a fight to protect his intellectual property and that they will not be bullied by a large corporation such as Disney.

Disney had made no official statement in regards to situation.

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Disney Launches ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ Sock Drive

(PCM) The Walt Disney Studios announced today that they worked with Hanes, who is collaborating with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), to launch “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive on July 9, 2012, aimed at providing new socks for families in need across the U.S.

People are asked to take new pairs of socks to any of the community drop-off locations nationwide between July 9 and September 3, 2012. Besides the community locations, people may also drop off socks at Carmike and Marcus theaters in their communities. Hanes will be standing by to match donations up to 10,000 pairs of socks. AGRM will distribute the socks to the families they aid.

The sock drive was inspired by Disney’s new movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012. You can learn more about the movie here at its Facebook page. You can also find out more information about AGRM here at their official website.

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Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger Begins Shooting

 

After a rough start, the filming of Johnny Depp’s star-studded Lone Ranger project has finally begun.

 

The latest Disney collaboration was shelved due to budgetary concerns six months ago, but has been picked up again by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Goreverbinski. Shooting has kicked off in the southwestern United States.

Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s faithful sidekick and Social Network breakout star Armie Hammer will play the titular role. Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fitchner, and Ruth Wilson are also attached to the project.

The reboot of the comedic Western will center around Tonto’s recount about  John Reid’s transformation into the justice-seeking Lone Ranger, which means a lot of Johnny Depp screentime! Depp has been involved with the movie ever since Bruckheimer first brought the idea to Disney.

The movie will be shot in New Mexico and will move on to various locations including Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.

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Introducing Disney’s First Kiddie Princess

Disney has announced their newest animated princess, the lavender-gowned Sofia, who will star in her own animated television show and movie that will debut in fall 2012, with the tv series following in the spring of 2013.

Despite the frilly dress and sparkly crown, some of the signature apparel worn by Disney princesses, Sofia’s character is not a member of the official Disney Princess lineup, although her show will feature cameos from Cinderella and the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. 

The new series, entitled “Sofia the First,” will follow the little girl’s journey as she becomes a princess after her mother marries the king of her storybook world. Sofia is introduced to a world of glamour and excess when she moves into a castle where she meets her step siblings Amber and James.

“Modern Family” star Ariel Winter will voice Sofia, with “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez as her mom, Queen Miranda, comdian Wayne Brady as a clever rabbit named Clover, and “Project Runway” fashion expert Tim Gunn voicing Baileywick, the Royal Steward.

“Sofia the First” will air on the Disney Channel and Disney Channel Junior, a daytime block of television aimed at children between the ages of two and seven.

“Although Sofia will have plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, our stories will show Sofia, and our viewers, that what makes a real princess is what’s inside, not what’s outside,” said Nancy Kanter, senior vice president of programming and general manager for Disney Junior Worldwide.

 

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