A look into the not so happy-go-lucky shows of Disney



Ruth Konkolics, Student Writer

Do you ever wonder what the real meanings are behind the happy-go-lucky, sometimes wild movies of Disney? I sure do. Well here is an inside look.

As many of you know, Disney was founded in 1923 by a man named Walt Disney. But what you probably didn’t know is that Walt Disney suffered from depression and bouts of loneliness, so it would only make sense that not all of his stories were happy and cheery.

For example, the very first Disney movie created was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The version that most of us know is that Snow White was taken into the woods by the huntsman to be killed, but the huntsman never killed her. He instead killed a pig and gave its heart to the queen to try and prove that Snow White was dead. Well, that is partly true. One storyline that Disney chose to leave out was that not only did the huntsman take the heart of the pig, he also took the lungs. He gave them to the queen, and in her desire to be like Snow White, she ate them. Yes, she ate a pig’s lungs and heart. Fortunately, they left that part out of the children’s story that we all know and love.

What about SpongeBob? Did you know SpongeBob actually has a syndrome known as Williams-Beuren Syndrome, which causes an individual to have low muscle mass, and therefore it might cause someone to have low self-esteem? SpongeBob has also shown signs of anxiety and attention deficiency disorder which makes complete sense. We look at SpongeBob as silly and funny. We never realize that he might be self-conscious.

Disney is a prime example that not everything is just as it seems. Just because Anna is a princess in Frozen and super fun doesn’t mean that they can’t have ADHD, which in fact she does. Pocahontas for example is super cool and fun-loving, but she also has lived in the wilderness her entire life and has never really interacted with anyone but her own tribe. So it only makes sense that she would have a disorder called Histrionic Personality Disorder, which is an attention-seeking disorder, and someone who has it might feel uncomfortable if they are not the center of the attention all the time.

Little things that I mentioned are not imperfections. In fact, they make us who we are. Can you imagine Anna without her hyperactive personality? Or Alice in Wonderland without Wonderland – because, in fact, she did imagine it all. Of course, there is no such thing as Wonderland without Alice, or Frozen without Anna, just like there is no you without your special unique traits. Never be ashamed of who you are. Walk with confidence because you are perfect just the way you are.

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