Skip to comments.Mothers petition Disney for a hero with Down syndrome
Posted on 10/20/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT by Morgana
Walt Disney Studios has for nearly a century featured disabled characters in its animated cartoons, from a none-too-bright Dopey to Nemo and his damaged fin.
Now a Bay Area couple has asked for one more from the media giant: a princess who has Down syndrome in common with their daughter. In the past two weeks, their Care2.com petition to persuade the Burbank studio has garnered more than 30,000 signatures from around the world.
We love Walt Disney, said Keston Ott-Dahl, 48, of Antioch, whose 15-month-old Delaney Skye has high-functioning Down syndrome. When I see her mesmerized by Disney princesses, it breaks my heart to know she has no role models like herself.
A spokeswoman for the Walt Disney Co. did not respond to a request for comment.
Ott-Dahl and her wife, Andrea, are the mothers of three children from 15 months to 9 years. Keston is an author and Down syndrome activist from Anaheim who also has two adult children.
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Ott-Dahl and her wife, Andrea, are the mothers of three children from 15 months to 9 years
They had one. Michael Eisner.
While we are there how about kids from a stable family with a father who works and a mother who takes care of the kids and the home?
Why is it important to do this?
And is a Disney princess really supposed to be a role model for children???
I guess I don’t follow the reasoning.
Technically Pixar, but I would present The Incredibles.
Aslo remember that movies are interesting because the characters face challenges outside of normal everyday life.
The ultimate helicopter parent narcissism.
What, exactly, is the point of heroes, fantasy, make-believe, entertainment, etc. if the persons portrayed are like us? Can we not enjoy the story of Jor-El/Clark Kent/Superman without being a Kryptonian baby in exile, a mild-mannered reporter, a superhero or, less ambitiously, a 6-4 250-lb white male with black hair?
Must we be an orphan, a resident of Tattooine or a Jedi apprentice to enjoy and/or look up to plucky Luke Skywalker?
Is Frozen a world-smashing hit because its female fans are princesses, with or without the curse of a cold touch?
Did everyone who enjoyed Pocahontas have Native American ancestry?
I could go on. This is the poorly-disguised wail of parents who, despite their claims and acts, feel cheated, disappointed, even angry that their daughter has Down's.
Disney has contorted itself into pretzel knots time and again to align itself with an untold number of PC agenda items. Somehow, it's never enough, because there will always be an audience member who wants to a custom-made film hero like they order sandwich toppings.
The parent purports to speak for his child but his Freudian slip is early and obvious: he's worried about his own reactions. The child can and probably does enjoy Disney like the rest of us do: as entertainment. Young kids may live vicariously through the characters but even kids realize that they will never take flight like Peter Pan nor live in a hollow tree like Winnie The Pooh.
Here's an idea, Keston Ott-Dahl, you whining milquetoast. Turn off the damned TV and create a fantasy world of characters and adventures with your daughter. You can choose any attributes, powers, plots or outcomes you like. See how easy that was?
>>Technically Pixar, but I would present The Incredibles.<<
I am pretty sure that was pre-Disney but yes they are a cohesive family.
>>Aslo remember that movies are interesting because the characters face challenges outside of normal everyday life.<<
It is almost a running joke that all kids and characters in Disney animated features are orphans, adopted, etc.
Why don’t we start with the fact that 90% of children with Trisomy 21 are aborted before birth.
The medical community encourages them to be aborted.
Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood to target these babies and others like them.
Have you read my other treads on how they are treated in society? Cops kill a 26 year old Trisomy 21 man in a theatre over a price of a movie ticket?
This would mean they are accepted in society. The Homos want to push one on us and that is abnormal. Why not a Trisomy 21 hero, who is after all made in the image of God?
>>A Disney cartoon Down syndrome princess, Ott-Dahl said, would talk a little differently, Im sure shed look different.
But it would be someone that Delaney could say, I want to grow up just like her. <<
Not much in this world more irritating than a self-centered idiot with a cause.
Does the LA Weekly honestly believe that Dopey was created to honor the "mentally challenged"???? Are they kidding? This is what happens when you apply our PC cultural standards to vapid entertainment reporting.
Speaking for myself, I'd love to see a Disney movie about a child who is rescued from abortion and grows up to be a valuable and productive member of society.
“I’d love to see a Disney movie about a child who is rescued from abortion and grows up to be a valuable and productive member of society. “
You realize you are probably talking about a child with Trisomy 21 don’t you?
More or less, yes. Tropes are tropes for good reason.
There are counter-examples, though, even in straight Disney stuff, for example Tangled which kind of subverts the trope in that the main character believes she only has a single parent when in fact her real parents are still searching for her. (Of course, "Flynn" comes from an orphanage, so the trope sneaks back in anyway...)
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of it is due to the compressed nature of storytelling film in the first place. By limiting the number of familial relationships, the ones you choose to keep become that much more important and you have fewer distracting side-elements, which can be vital when you're talking only 80-90 minutes of run time for an animated film.
If I was Al Gore, I'd give you the internet.
Post of the week!
What percent of the population is comprised of girls with DS?
Too bad Disney has only princesses and no longer anything to speak to normal young men. No prince charming, to action hero of daring do. Instead they bought marvel comics with its fractured licensees. (but like star wars, there is no Disney influence just a mining of characters for formula stories)
These homosexual women want to portray the abnormal as normal, rather that promote the normal in the child.
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