My stepfather passed away a few days ago, and I was closer to him than I am with my bio father. I’ve just been a huge mess lately and the one thing that’s helped me cope is watching Disney movies specifically ones that involve the characters who lose a parent or go throughout the movie without one like Frozen, Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, etc. It may not seem like much, but with my loss, it’s the only thing I have right now.
I love Disney movies and would often watch them with my dad when I was younger, but a few years ago, my dad became verbally abusive towards my mum, brother and me. He refused to speak to me at all for an entire year amnd told me that I didn’t deserve a congratulations for becoming Head Girl in my Grade 12 year. My parents ended up divorcing that year. Now it hurts when I watch Disney movies, Aladdin especially, because Jasmine is my favourite princess and her father acts exactly like mine did before the verbal abuse. Seeing him interact with Jasmine makes me miss my dad
I was really upset with the Aladdin trailer. It looked like it was more Bollywood than anything else (which would be super cool as it’s own movie) but Middle Eastern culture gets so little representation as it is! You wouldn’t set Mulan in Korea, Pocahontas in Australia, or Rapunzel in Mexico. It felt like the director doesn’t care about the culture, which is what inspired this beloved story in the first place, and said “meh, close enough.”
I keep printed area rugs in my house because when I was little, I used to drag my parents’ rug from the den to ‘’ride’’ it like Aladdin. I’d spend hours sitting on the Moroccan print carpet with a toy monkey and teapot-for-a-genie-lamp pretending to be flying through Agrabah.
I had to put my dog down recently, her name was Jasmine, and I have two others named Aladdin and Genie. I can’t watch the movie Aladdin without crying over my dead puppy. I need to stop naming pets after Disney characters.
My mother was abusive for years and I truly believed I was worthless and weak. Treasure Planet and Aladdin helped me a lot, since Jim and Aladdin wanted to be so much more and I saw myself in them.