Did you know why Disney characters have no mothers? The answer is heartbreaking

Generations may pass but the legend that is Walt Disney and his legacy will remain for all time to come. As long as there will be children, there will always be a cartoon to make them laugh, and invariably that cartoon will be a Disney!! For the current generation including the old, Disney cartoons have a memorable and nostalgic place in each ones heart. The escapades of Tom and Jerry, the adventures of Mowgli and the cute Mickey Mouse will always be a hit.


Although the man is long gone, have you ever wondered what lurked behind that face of a man who always made people laugh? Did you ever notice that amongst all his cartoon feature films, he invariably chose one whose central character has no mother? Do you know what was Disney’s tragic secret?

1 How many Disney characters can you think of and how many had moms?

From Cinderella to Ariel the little mermaid and Pocahontas, all had no moms. Take Pinocchio, he had a father Geppeto who was single. Mowgli had no mother and neither did Tarzan. Snow White too never had a mom and neither did Belle form Beauty and the Beast.

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2 Some characters were orphans like Aladdin

Aladdin and Snow white were both orphans and that’s what skeptics prefer to believe but if you think of it, the princess jasmine? Again no mom!! Her father was the Sultan who has no wife in the story.


If you’re thinking and presuming a reason, well there is and a very tragic one at that. You see, for all his amazing prowess in creating a world of fairy tale and laughter, Walt Disney was a victim of tragic circumstances involving none other than his mother. That was Disney’s tragic secret.

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3 Disney characters are all about life and growing up

According to Disney movie producer Don Hahn, the lack of parents in Disney films was a way to enable the characters to mature in front of their audiences. That’s what Disney movies are about, the little princesses growing up to be mature queens . Belle has to step into her father’s shoes because he gets lost. Bambi’s story is even more heart rending when the little deer watches his mother dying knowing he will never be a little deer anymore.

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4 Disney chose his fairytales because of a purpose

Hahn explained that the concept wasn’t Disney’s creation but existing well known fairy tales which he chose to base his movies upon. Invariably they were mostly stories whose central characters had no mother. Why?? Han believed there was one plausible reason and that was the tragic circumstances how Disney lost his own mother and the pain of his loss reflected in his choice of story for his films.

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5 Disney suffered an immense loss and relived it through his films

After Walt had made a considerable sum of money, he purchased a house for his parents. The day they moved in, employees from Disney studios were instructed to repair the furnace. A huge mistake by one of the employees led to a fatal gas leak. The next day, the housekeeper arrived to find both Disney’s parents unconscious on the floor. She immediately dragged the couple onto the lawn and made efforts to revive them. Although his father survived, his mother tragically died.

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It is this Disney’s tragic secret why Walt Disney movies have characters without a mother. The pain of his heartbreaking loss may have never left him and that’s why it was always being reflected in his films time and again.


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