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PopWrapped | Disney

Disney Producer Theorizes On Why Mothers Don't Appear In The Classic Films

Brittany Jones | PopWrapped Author

Brittany Jones

Updated 09/13/2014 1:52pm
Disney Producer Theorizes On Why Mothers Don't Appear In The Classic Films | Disney
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Disney, Don Hahn Courtesy of disneydreaming.com
Have you ever watched a classic Disney movie and just wondered, "Girl, where is your mother?" We all know Bambi's mom was killed, but where was Ariel's mom to teach her she did not need to change herself for a man, and maybe Jasmine's mom could have warned her about those bad boys. Disney producer Don Hahn explained why you don't see mothers in the classic films, in an interview with Glamour.
"Walt Disney, in the early 1940s, when he was still living at this house, also bought a house for his mom and dad to move into. 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 explain that Disney carried a sense of guilt throughout his life and it may have been reflected in his work.
"He never would talk about it, nobody ever does. He never spoke about that time 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. If you dig, you can read about it. It's not a secret within their family, but it's just a tragedy that is so difficult to even talk about. It helps to understand the man a little bit more."
Wow, so sad.

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