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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2008 12:17:15 PM PST
Sharen-mother of 5
I agree. Disney's earliest movies are not kid friendly. Walts idea was to help children face their fears through his movies, but I think the problem is that the movies are viewed at too early an age. Three year olds are going through development stages of reality vs. pretend and they can't handle these scary images. Their brains do not know where to place them in their reality. I posted a DVD title that I think is great if you are looking for an interactive/relationship building DVD. Look at my last post or just see: Goof Juice My Sky. They only have one title out, but more are in the making. Available on

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2008 12:19:14 PM PST
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Erik Denning says:
Milo and Otis is sweet, clean, non-violent, not dumbed-down, not preachy, not bible-oriented, and not patriotic. It's also a movie, not a tv show. It's a pretty non-scary adventure involving a kitten and a puppy.

As a Californian, I'm facinated by all the references to Christian values and Patriotism. Not EVERYONE is Christian and Christian values are not unique to Christians. I guess it's true that there's the east coast, the west coast, and in between is America.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2008 12:23:18 PM PST
Sharen mother of 5
Has anyone seen the Baby First channel on satellite yet? They have a whole line of baby DVD's coming out also. Better than Baby Einstein.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2008 3:35:07 PM PST
R. Nelson says:
I grew up watching Disney and I don't remember ever being afraid of losing a parent. I grew up grateful for my parents, and I never considered the "what if" of losing one or both of them. I didn't need to because the cartoons did it for me. Deep down I knew I would be ok if something DID happen to them because I learned a lot about self-reliance and friendship and love and "happy endings" from the old Disney cartoons.

Although I just don't remember being scared, myself, I fully agree that certain toddlers might be scared by situations in those cartoons. Each child is different and has sensitivities to certain things. I will let my toddler watch them as I add them to my collection. We all know our children and what would be best for them.

BTW My son (23 Months olf) loves The Tigger Movie and he asked to watch The Rescuers ("mouse movie") again today. His favorite is Mary Poppins, and if I skip the "boring talking" he also loves the Sound of Music.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2008 9:46:59 AM PST
I'm promising you that Andy's Airplanes will be perfect. They have amazing animation equal to that of disney. It is a cute clean show for kids that teaches them all about the world and also the world of aviation. It's a perfect show for kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2008 2:28:43 PM PST
S. Czurylo says:
My daughter is now four, and I have been through the same question. We do not have t.v. or cable, but have allowed videos/dvds since she was two.

The quick answer to your question is we have found the Barbie movies surprisingly good, dealing positively with girl and friendship issues. Our fav is Princess and the Pauper, but we started with Swan Lake, then Fairytopia, even the contemporary Barbie Diaries -they are all good (although there is very flat black and white portrayal of good and evil if you object to that conditioning). Old garage sale Barnie tapes have been favorites. The original Winnie the Pooh is great.

There are two issues for us: acculturation and brain development. We have blamed everything from hitting to sticking out her tongue on Disney videos, but then our friends whose girls have never seen any videos or Disney movies have the same behaviors. As for brain development and the possibility of rapidly moving images creating attention issues, there will be ongoing study, findings and recommendations - in the mean time, I use sensitivity and common sense. For an individual movie, as a matter of interest I test count the average duration of each image on the screen to see if images last longer than three seconds as a rough gauge - more than that is too fast paced for a young brain, in my estimation. For example, the movie Cars, while we enjoyed it and it was cute, I deemed far too overstimulating for her at age 3 with its very fast paced image changes and action, just based on how it made me feel.

Our main criticism of the more recent Disney Movies - Little Mermaid, Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan - is the recurring formula of disobedience to parents, through which they save the world, therefore all is forgiven and the end justified the means. This approach was blatently stated in the Black Stallion 2, something like, "I know I disobeyed you Grandpa, but I won!" This is a problem to us as parents trying to establish trust and authority, and this formula is so overused it has become a joke between my husband and me. In response to the argument that we watched it and it didn't hurt us, I will say that I watched these movies in the theatre only once or twice as a special event, and not over and over hundreds of times on DVD memorizing lines like kids do now. This being said, the Disney machine is phemenonal (and hard to escape). You can watch the movies, buy the CDs for music in the car, meet the princesses in person at Disney Land, watch them ice skating in top notch productions, buy them on sippy cups and as soft dolls or play figurines, read books where they deal with moral issues, and play dress up in their beautifully elaborate custumes complete with purse, shoes and crown. While fully aware it is the ploy of marketing executives, I actually appreciate this very rich integration and I would have *loved* all of this as a child. My daughter has had hours of endless joy derived from Disney and a lot of material for her active imagination, all stemming from the movies. When she meets other girls her age, it is instant social currency. She met another girl from another state at a play area, and they instantly played princess, completely color blind as to hair and skin color in their respective identities. We had a teenage exchange student with us from Denmark who loved Princess Jasmine and Ariel from her not so distant childhood and knew the songs in Danish. And there are great role models, too, such as Belle. Now I'm sure there will be some deep lying pyschological shaping of the whole princess mentality they will uncover and study twenty or thirty years from now, but at least she will be in good company! And I sure hope there are a lot of princes being raised for this whole generation of princesses, who will no doubt have to undertake a similar self development path of disillusionment and transformation as Princess Fiona, but hey, there she is as a role model for that, too, in the anti-Disney literature they can discover when they are ready.

I believe that much goes over her head in these movies - yes, they are taking it all in on many levels, but my daughter only seems to process what she is ready to handle. She loved Spirit at age 3 but now she has decided it is too scary and the men are mean, whereas when she was younger she thought the villian was a good guy. In the Princess and the Pauper, when the girls switched places, she firmly believed and simply couldn't process that the pauper in disguise was not the real Princess, we recently watched it again and she got it clearly this time. So just watch their reactions with senstivity and adjust accordingly. One last word - videos and DVDs come with some very undersirable ads and previews, and they make it difficult to skip them without effort - Disney's "FastPlay" itself requires active parental manuevering to skip all the junk, and I prefer the earlier releases where all you had to do was press play and the movie would start. Best to you in your journey.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2008 1:38:10 PM PST
Try My Neighbor Totoro - my 3 year old loves it, and so do her parents!

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Emi-Bri says:
I have two is 7 the other is 2, and there are a few movies that they absolutely love, the DVDs are probably gonna wear out..One is called The Iron Giant, it's a really cute movie about a boy who befriends a giant, and they love it...another one is called The Pagemaster, which came out a while starts out as a normal movie starring McCaughley Coulkin and he goes into a cartoon with books from the library like the Adventure Book, the Horror Book (who is the sweetest), and the fantasy book, it is also really cute and they love it too.

Besides those two, I will always recommend Disney, especially older ones..I agree with L. Myers that the older Disney movies are good...and that I definitely did not see the bad things or remember them when I watched them when I was younger...I loved the Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Cinderella, etc....I grew up with those movies and I still have good morals...they didn't "damage" me. Yes, bad things do happen in some of them...Simba's father dies in the Lion King, Ariel disobeys her father, etc...but there is always good that comes out of it, and I think that says something, that even when things do get bad, they can always get better, and there can always be a happy ending. Those are the things that need to be instilled in children, it's not all about the "intellectual educational make your child a genius"

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2008 4:34:26 PM PST
Wayward says:
Actually, most of the classic Disney films were written for adults more than children. I was shocked to realize there was a drunk scene is Dumbo (so thats how he got in the tree!).

However, there are some clean family fun, too :) "So Dear to my Heart" is a good old Disney film, but young kids may not appreciate it much. Most of the Sing Along Songs are suitable.

Richard Scarry, Blues Clues, Little Bear, Clifford, and Angelina all were popular with my kids, and suitable, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2008 1:57:39 PM PDT
Ame Wolf says:
Try Ratitoie

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2008 3:52:19 PM PDT
Nungesser says:
You mean Ratatouille.

It's a great movie -- smart kids will love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2008 12:35:24 PM PDT
E. Vollmar says:
As parents, we tend to over-think what our kids are thinking. We need to realize that they do not see stealing, ugly talk or lying but simply a cute movie about a mermaid who wants to be human, silly singing mice, a bunch of cute little puppy dogs trying to find their way home and a love story similar to Cinderella but with a magic carpet. It is up to the parents to each our kids right from wrong..let them be kids!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2008 3:27:18 PM PDT
W. White says:
We are a "no TV" family, too...but we have an exception. Our kids can watch the whole Munchkin Math series. We love the videos! They are VERY educational and very interactive. My child has learned an incredible amount from this series!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2008 3:28:11 PM PDT
W. White says:
Yes, try the Munchkin Math series, too! We love them!

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2008 10:55:22 PM PDT
PamA says:
I agree re Disney but for different reasons--I have a daughter and she has already told me that you can't be beautiful unless you wear a dress because princesses are beautiful and they wear dresses. Hard to rufute that logic. I think that the Disney princesses are insidious. She has a sticker book and if you look at all of them , they are the same face with overly pronounced features and different hair. There is no "diversity" message (Jasmine and Pocohontas and Mulan just have darker skin) nor is there anything that says you are beautiful for who you are not how you look. I also don't like the "your life has not value without a prince" message. This runs through all the older ones (Snow White and SLeepign Beauty sleep their lives away waiting to be kissed adn Cinderella is a drudge until she meets her guy) and most of the newer ones (especially noticeable in Little Mermaid, where she doesn't lead her own life for pining away for some guy, gives up everything to chase him around, disobeys parents and schooling, etc) I can say for a fact, that I had issued as a young girl because I didn't look like a Disney princess. We were poverty stricken and I spent hours daydreaming about castles and ball gowns instead of focusing on other, more positive things. I know these are only movies, and I probably needed better adult guidance, but I know they had an effect on me. I gave our copy of LIttle Mermaid away.

I prefer that my daughter watch--and she loves--the Magic School Bus, Land Before Time, Wiggles and other more pro-active entertainment. We are not big on the religious slant of Veggie Tales, but I know a lot of parents who like them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2008 11:29:47 AM PDT
Just wondering what kind of "messages that Disney is sending out" are you referring too? I thought they were all really good and rated g.
Thanks in advance for answering!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 12:54:34 PM PDT
Nungesser says:
"There is no "diversity" message (Jasmine and Pocohontas and Mulan just have darker skin)"

Jasmine is Middle-Eastern, Pocahontas is Native American, and Mulan is Chinese. Diversity is more than just skin color.

The next Disney film, "The Princess & the Frog", will have an African-American princess.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 2:59:30 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 5:27:29 PM PDT
All4Good says:
Take a look at Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa and Linda. They have 2 dvd's,and really do appeal to toddlers to K-3ish. There are 7 reviews of Singin' Safari DVD on was just released in February. DVD even comes with a full CD of the music. COOL stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 5:46:52 PM PDT
I would highly recommend the Kid Guides DVDs. The series isn't well known, but my kids love it. They have two kid hosts that travel to different animal parks and museums.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2008 11:47:31 PM PDT
PamA says:
I appreciate that Disney is trying to branch out and incorporate the myths/legends of other cultures through movies using more diverse characters. I am an adult and I can appreciate the finer points of Disney. Most toddlers/preschoolers only see "princesses" who essentially look the same. Jasmine's pants have the same hemline as Aurora's gown, and Cinderella's, etc. My point was that, even though the new princesses come from other cultures, to children they still look the same but with darker skin. I was surprised to see that Pocohontas had a square-ish jawline, which I applaud. I look forward to seeing "The Princess and the Frog" and hope it makes a contribution in this area. Would also like to see more plot lines in the vein of Mulan, where the heroine uses her wits and strength to achieve something, instead of the messages I discussed earlier. Progress is good.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2008 11:41:10 AM PDT
D. Head says:
You are right, letting your child watch movies that have inappropriate scenes does not mean that they will follow in the same foot steps, but I don't want my child to even be tempted. We watched those movies when we were kids because that was the only kids entertainment available for us... but now we have better options for our kids. Call me crazy, but I want something better for my child.

Thank you everyone for all the suggestions... it is nice to see that there are other parents who see that Disney is not the only way for our kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008 2:08:59 PM PDT
T. Lizura says:
I am so with you. I've been looking for a dvd my toddler can watch and I can be comfortable with. I have a daughter who is 11 and she had separation anxiety. I think watching all the disney movies aggrevated her insecurities even more. For some reason, Disney always makes movies where one of the parents have died. My daughter watched so many of these movies, so started to feel everytime we weren't together, even me just going to the store, that I would be killed. I finally had to take away all the movies that had that kind of theme. Most, being Disney. She is much better now with age and maturity, but from age 4 to 10, she was extremely insecure. Now I have a toddler son, I've decided to really watch what he is viewing. I recently found a new DVD series on Amazon called "The Jumpitz- Goin' Groovy". He loves it! I hadn't heard anything about it...I think it's new, but he can't get enough of it. It's all singing and dancing with a good moral message. It reminds me of the Wiggles a couple years ago. We miss Greg! I think we found a good subsitute!
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