Apologies in advance if this has already been discussed recently, but I've noticed something in kid's movies, or family-type movies. To me, a
typical family would consist of a dad, mom, and kid(s), insofar as being the most commonly identified definition of a family. And yet the 'nuclear'
family is becoming more and more rare in films. I keep seeing kids in movies with only one parent, or orphaned, or with parents who are divorced. I
understand that the divorce rate is extremely high here (the U.S.) but still, movies are supposed to be fiction, especially animated movies, so why is
there such a lack of typical, happy families on the screen?
Here's some examples, just in the movies I own.....
1. The Lion King: Simba is orphaned at a young age. To top it off, his dad's own brother killed him.
2. Beauty and the Beast: Belle is raised solely by her father.
3. The Little Mermaid: Ariel is raised by her father.
4. Aladdin: I think Aladdin has a father in one of the later movies...again, Princess Jasmine is raised solely by her father.
5. Casper: Kat is raised solely by her father...her mom died.
6. Mulan: Mulan is raised by her father.
7. Ice Age: Sid the sloth was abandoned by his own family.
8. Enchanted: The male lead is a single dad raising his daughter alone.
9. Tarzan: Tarzan is orphaned after his parents are killed. Jane is raised by her father.
10. Nacho Libre: The main character played by Jack Black was orphaned at a young age.
11. Toy Story: The main kid Andy's mom is in the picture, but dad is non-existent.
There's more but I wont keep on with the animated movies. Even movies that I've watched in the past couple of weeks follow the same pattern:
"Knowing": the two lead characters are a widowed father raising a young son and a single mother raising a daughter by herself. Not sure if she's a
widow too, or what.
"Signs": The main character is a widower raising his two young children with the help of his brother.
"Star Trek": One of the main characters loses his father, and another loses his mother.
So, what do you think? Have you noticed this increasingly in movies lately? Or am I just overreacting? Let's put it this way, in the animated movie
'Robots', the main robot has a loving mother and father. That was the last loving, normal family I've seen in a looooong time in an animated movie.