Aside being completely devoid of violence or overtly sexual scenes, there is another reason children films are great for kids. They almost always have a moral lesson to be learned at the end. This is especially true for Disney films, especially the animated ones. They are great for the whole family, and the children can really get a good lesson out of it if the parents explain it to them.
There is an entire library of Disney films, but the one I’m going to be talking about in this article is the one that started it all. I’m talking about Snow White, which was released back in 1937 and is the first of Disney’s long line of animated classics. I’m not going to bother with the plot, I’m going to discuss the morals behind the tale, so you, as the parent can explain it in your own words to your child.
As you probably know, the villain of the movie is the Evil Queen, who is very vain and absorbed in her own beauty. To reinforce her own vanity, she would ask the magic mirror, “who is fairest of them all?”, to which the mirror would reply that she was.
Then one day the magic mirror changed his answer, responding that it was now Snow White who is the fairest of them all. Enraged at the reply, the Queen disguises herself as an old hag and tricks Snow White into biting a poisonous apple.
So What is the lesson here? The first moral is to avoid becoming so obsessed with your own appearance that you forget about the other qualities of beauty. Parents should use the Queen’s narcissism as an example of why you should never over relish in your own looks. Teach your kids the inner qualities of kindness, generosity, and humbleness. Outer beauty fades away with age and the passage of time, but inner beauty lasts forever, and these are the qualities that people will remember you for.
When Snow White bites into the apple given by the old hag, she falls into an eternal slumber. As a bonus lesson to your kids, you could use this scene as an example of why you should never accept anything from strangers.
I recommend having a family movie night with your kids. Just let them enjoy the movie while it’s playing, and when it’s over, ask them if they learned anything. Supplement their answer with some feedback of your own. The combined elements of learning and entertainment is always a good educational tactic.