Disney movies too scary?

Joanie - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and I just started letting her watch Disney movies. I used to love them as a kid, and I've heard of so many kids her age or younger that are way into the Disney Princesses and other Disney movies. I felt like she was missing out on something by not letting her enjoy them. Until now she's really only watched Dora and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Anyone think this is a bad idea or not a big deal? Any kids had nightmares from Disney movies?

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Every child is different and what scares a 4 year old might not scare a 2 year old. My almost 3 year old daughter seems fine watching most things so I try to "read" her face to work out if she's a bit scared or upset or puzzled by what's happening. Bits of all 3 Toy Story movies freak me out and I thought she'd be the same but she loves them. Anything she hasn't seen before I watch with her (and try to watch alone before her as well) to gauge how she sees it. We've had the Little Mermaid for a year but I've only just starting letting her watch it and she enjoys it. She calls Ursula the angry lady or the bad lady, and she probably does the same for any of the "evil" characters she sees, although I do try to limit those. I also try to limit movies or shows with lots of magic - part of that is just the craziness of it and trying to figure out how to explain magic to a 3 year old and part of it is due to my beliefs.
In the end, you decide what and how much your child views and what you want to protect them from, so go with your gut. Don't worry about what other parents are letting their kids do or see.

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Brittany - posted on 09/24/2011

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I have not had any bad experiences with Disney movies. My children love Mickey Mouse, Cars and Tinkerbell. As far as the "classic" movies we have not watched most of them. For one, we do not own them and two we do not watch a lot of TV. Most of the "newer" movies have been family friendly and entertaining. My daughter is not big on the Princess thing. She like Tiana from The Princess and The Frog, although that movie has HUGE references to voodoo considering is it set in NOLA. Then again it does not bother me because, that is part of the culture she is growing up in. She is mostly into Tinkerbell.

Lexi - posted on 09/21/2011

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I think it depends on the kid. My son turned two in July and is still terrified by most disney movies. He's super sensitive in general. I too have great memories of most of those movies from my childhood but for now we're sticking to the pbs shows like dora, jay jay, etc... He has enjoyed the curious george movies, cars, the little engine that could, things like that. It really just varies. I have to watch everything with him the first time so if he freaks out we can turn it off. In the Little Engine there was one part he needed to just hold my hand for awhile while I told him it was ok so we kept watching but other movies he screams and cries in a panic until I get it shut off. Tangled for example. He bawled when the witch stole the baby and then screamed if she came on the screen again. We shut it off about 20 minutes into it. If she enjoys them then go for it, if she's scared, then I definitely say turn it off and wait till she's older. She's not missing out.

Angela - posted on 09/21/2011

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I would say watch them first and then watch it with her and makes sure she is able to have you help her if she gets scared . You can even ask her if she wants to stop watching it. Be sure to talk to her if she does get scared.
As stated every kids is different. When I was a kid I got very sad of Dumbo, but I was already separated from my family so it makes sense. Also I was scared in Pinocchio when the children got turned into donkeys! Wizard of oz the bad which's flying monkeys gave me nightmares! But I wanted to still watch it! Monkeys still give me the creeps and I blame it on the Wizard of Oz!

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2011

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Every kid is different. As someone already said, what bothers some 4 year olds may not bother another 2 year old. My own daughter LOVES Beauty and the Beast and when the Beast is angry she just looks at me and says, "Mommy, he's MAD!", she's not scare of him in the least and is all kinds of happy with him when he learns to be nice.

Each kid will take movies in their own way. Go with your child's reactions. If he seems scared of a particular scene or character then he just might not be ready for that movie yet. I personally love our Disney movies and the only one I will probably not show her is Snow White and that's only because her voice irritates the heck out of me! lol

Teena - posted on 11/11/2008

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My 2 year old just loves the princess disney movies.. There is ony part in the little mermaid that she does not like and cries everytime she sees it.. Its the part where the witch gets really really big. Other than that she just loves them

Susan - posted on 11/11/2008

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My daughter is also 2 1/2..and she has been watching Disney movies for a long time.... but her little playmate of the same age is too scared to watch them (lol but she loves dinosaurs!!) .... and watching Disney movies now..especially the older ones... can see how some of the movies are very scary for a young child ie: Dumbo...separated from his mother! Try Tinkerbell...and stick to the Winnie the Pooh Disney movies! She will grow out of it!

Joanie - posted on 11/11/2008

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I guess I don't remember Snow White very well because I don't remember anyone who was going to cut out Snow White's heart. I've heard that Cinderella is the least scary, and it sounds like a lot of the newer ones aren't too bad. I'm thinking I just have to be sure to have the remote ready to fast forward if something seems a bit too much.

Sara - posted on 11/11/2008

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Every one of the films have a scary part in them, to us they may not be scary but some young kids could get scared. Cars has the one when the as my son calls it, the big guy is coming after Matter and Lighting so tractor tipping. Niemo when he is being chased by sharks, Toy Story has those freaking little toys that the neighbor kid makes. They can be scary to young ones. My son watches cars and he did wake up screaming a couple of times. Now he just says here come the big guy and we all cheer for the other two to get away. I think you have to take each child into consideration. We try not to watch cartoons with fighting in them....Most of them have them Shrek is really bad. My son was getting in trouble for kicking and hitting his friends and wrestling. So....we don't really let him see that stuff. Thank goodness for DVD's that you can just skip whole sections and they don't really notice.



I agree with Jennifer now when I look back at films we watched they are pretty scary with all the wtiches and stuff.

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my son is 2 and loves any disney movie if gthere is a scary part he'll let me know its scary and we make a game of him hiding till its over and so far thats only only one part of jungle book 2...he loves cars, toy story 2, toy story, robin hood, fox and the hound...

Mykala - posted on 11/11/2008

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my daughter is three and is terrefied by the sharks out of the little mermaid , let alone a doll i have at home. i guess they all become immune to thease things in their own time

Amy - posted on 11/10/2008

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My daughter is also 2 1/2, and very interested in all things Disney, mostly just because they are around her in stores, etc. I agree with you--there is something really special about the Disney movies, and I also enjoyed them as a kid, but I don't let my daughter watch them yet because they are quite scary & intense for little ones. I plan on letting her watch them when she's older, but probably not before 5. The only exception I have made is to let her see most of Cinderella, because while the Step Mother is mean, and the step-sisters and rather nasty to her, nothing truly scary happens. But Sleeping Beauty (dragons, evil queen....), Beauty & the Beast (beast is scary plus the lynch mob from town with torches...), Snow White (evil queen, transformations, woodsman sent to cut out Snow White's heart & kills a pig...) Lion King (Scar is scary, father lion dies, hyenas....) Nemo (kidnapping!) I thoroughly agree with Jennifer Hackman below; the sotry lines aren't designed for this age group, and parental editing is always a good idea for these. My 2 cents!

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My DD is 4 1/2 and is scared of many things pretty easily. I will not let her watch Lion King (mean lion) and she loves the princesses but can get scared of evil witches-especially when they change into evil things ala Sleeping Beauty, Evil hag in Snow White, and even in Enchanted the witch becomes a dragon. She has not seen Beauty and the Beast - the beast is pretty scary. We have seen Nemo and parts of that scare her too (dark waters scary fish & jelly fish scenes). I even think there are parts in Toy Story that are a little scary- when they find the boy who mutilates his toys. It is a little weird for my kids to understand that. My little guy is 2 1/2 and he tells me immediately when he is scared. Oddly enough they love both Monsters Inc. I guess monsters aren't as real as people when it comes to scary. I also really don't push a lot of those movies becsaue I think the story lines are not intended to hold the attention of a young child. I think short snippets are appropriate at this age- which is often what we do. For almost 2 years my daughter thought the Wizard of Oz started with the black and white then ended as she left the munchkins. I think some parental editing is fine!

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I've never heard of to many scary Disney films. Maybe Sleeping Beauty (the Dragon part) and perhaps Snow White (the whole death/sleeping thing) I think most of the older Disney films are the creepier one's. The newer one's like Cars, Nemo, Toy Story, Aladdin, Mulan, ect, should be pretty good.

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