posted on Jun, 7 2008 @ 08:42 PM
There are a lot of threads based on the "corruption" of Disney and the influence it has on young children. I've read through most of them and agree
that responsible parenting is the bigger issue. With that said, I'm sure there are still many people who don't sit their children in front of the
television as a form of neglect, but to reward them for good behaviour or to give them a treat.
Disney movies seem like the most suitable form of viewing for obvious reasons. However, I'm surprised that nobody has ever mentioned the movie
Basil, The Great Mouse Detective.
There is a song-and-dance scene near the end in which Basil and his companion are in a seedy bar. Several acts get booed off the stage by the male
audience until a pretty young mouse steps into the spotlight. The rowdy behaviour comes to a complete halt as all eyes are glued on her as she sings
in a seemingly sweet manner.
"Dearest men, dear gentlemen. Listen to my song. Life down here's been hard for you. Life has made you strong. Let me lift the mood with my
It all seems innocent enough as the music becomes more bouncy, as do the lyrics.
"Hey, fellas. The time is right. Get ready. Tonight's the night! Boys, what you're hoping for will come true. Let me be good to you.."
Wait a minute! That's a little on the suggestive side, don't you think?
"You tough guys. You're feeling all alone. You rough guys. The best of you sailors and bums. All of my chums!"
The attention moves away briefly from the act. Basil notices the bartender spiking a couple of drinks. Considering the suggestive content of the
lyrics and what's to come.. Date rape, anyone?
"So, dream on and drink your beer. Get cozy. Your baby's here! You won't be misunderstood. Let me be good to you!"
The pretty little mouse disappears behind the stage curtains as the music amplifies further. The curtains then open to reveal her in a slightly more
revealing outfit. A couple of dancers accompany her.
"Hey, fellas. I'll take off all my blues!"
What the..? She suddenly strips off her skirt to reveal a skimpy leotard outfit to the delight of the audience. I think she meant "taking off my
clothes". When I was younger, that's the connection I made. Since when do people take off their blues? They rid themselves of their blues.. The
context is all muddled. Oh, and one of the audience members is being held back as his tongue wags and his hands reach forward in a desperate groping
"Hey, fellas. There's nothing I won't do just for you!"
What's the reaction of the skimpy lady when she spots the bulging eyes of her admirer? She wiggles her backside in his face! The spiked drinks from
earlier are brought over to Basil's table. He tries to warn his friend, but he's too late. Dawson, now in a stupor, proceeds to lift his eyepatch
for a better look at whatever is happening on stage and cheers. The lyrics continue in the background of the scene.
"So, dream on and drink your beer. Get cozy. Your baby's here! Hey, boys. I'm talking to you!"
Dawson is now up on the stage with the performers. Keep in mind, his character throughout the film is a reserved and intelligent one. An old-fashioned
gentleman. I find that the message being conveyed is that spiked drinks allow you to let go of your inhibitions and "have fun".
"Your baby's gonna come through! Let me be good to you!"
Viewed by adults with a better understanding, this scene seems harmless and amusing. However, considering this is a children's cartoon with a
G rating, I find it to be inappropriate. As a child, I personally found this scene confusing. It basically teaches children, especially young
girls, that being submissive and desired is perfectly natural and normal.
Would you let your child, especially a young girl, watch this?