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Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers : Npr

Sarah Boxer is the author of Ultimate Blogs and the graphic novel In The Floyd Archives. "But I think the difference in something like the Lion King where the father dies, is it becomes a major plot point, it becomes almost the center of the movie." Meanwhile, in films in which the mother dies, says Boxer, the death is just a starting point a catalyst for action and the ensuing plot usually has nothing to do with the mother. After steeping herself in kids movies and combing through cartoons for dead mothers, Boxer noticed another theme emerging. The void left by a dead mother used to be filled by an evil stepmother, but in recent years another figure has stepped in to take her place: the "perfect father." The movie dad might start out as less-than perfect (see Chicken Little, Brother Bear or Ice Age), but over the course of the movie he transforms into the ideal father. "And not only a good parent in the maternal sense of being protective," Boxer says. "but also kind of a buddy." In reality, most families have two parents, and there are far more single mothers heading up families than single dads. "So in a way it's just pure fantasy. But I do think that there's an underlying message," Boxer says. "That we universal studios vacation packages don't really need mothers; in fact, life might be more fun without them ... That it could be a life of pure adventure." Boxer says that message is worth taking seriously.
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Disney Stuff - Disneyland 50th Anniversary Board Games (More Mouse) by Chris Barry

Photo by Chris Barry. The idea is to complete your trip around the Disneyland Monorail before Casey finishes his ride around his track. The monorail game board. Photo by Chris Barry. I love the colors and the simplistic yet stylized graphics.The game board is very cool looking and features representations of each of Disneyland's five original lands. Travel through Frontierland in the game. Photo by Chris Barry. What a great find these games were.
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