Great Job, Internet!: Read This: What’s up with all those dead Disney parents?

More than half of all Disney movies since 1937 have featured a primary character with a dead, missing, or single parent. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has sat through Bambi (dead mom), Dumbo (imprisoned mom, absentee dad), or Tarzan (both parents dead, child literally raised by animals). Belle’s dad and Andy’s mom both seem to be going it alone. And then there’s the whole topic of evil stepmothers, as seen in Cinderella, Snow White, and Enchanted. The tradition is still going strong: Frozen could hardly wait to send the seemingly decent if misguided parents of Anna and Elsa to a watery grave. Even Disney’s most high-profile recent acquisition, the Star Wars franchise, features some serious hero-with-AWOL-parents action at its core. So what’s going on here? Leighann Morris of Hopes & Fears has decided to investigate the matter with a thoughtful feature …

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