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Important Life Lessons Learned from Disney Movies

Important Life Lessons Learned from Disney Movies

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Disney movies were a big part of our childhood, and their catchy songs and heartwarming happily-ever-afters have stayed with us. The lessons they tried to impart to kids – be true to yourself, be kind to others, don’t judge a book by its cover, etc. – have stayed with us as well. Here’s some more subtle lessons that may have gone over our heads that are worth delving into.

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ThatEricAlper.com

If they look evil, they most likely are
There are a few easy ways to tell if somebody is evil: they’ve got massive purple tentacles, a staff with hypnotizing eyes (and forbidding blood-red robes), an evil cackle for a laugh, or their name is Scar. I mean, come on, his name is Scar! Did you really ever expect him to be the jovial uncle who doles out candy?

Blog.NorthJersey.com
Blog.NorthJersey.com

Beauty is pain
Forget the corsets and unrealistic expectations of beauty that the Disney princesses put out (nobody’s waist can be that small and those eyes are just unnaturally big). But how comfortable can a glass slipper actually be? It’s more than just seeing if the shoe fits at the end, but Cinderella danced in those things all night! Where’s the arch support?

WhatCulture.com
WhatCulture.com

Making a deal with the devil usually isn’t the best idea
You’ve just agreed to a deal with a notorious bad girl in your neighborhood, and she’s got the scariest hair under the sea (seriously, how does it stand up so straight under water?). Are you really surprised that this isn’t working out for you?

NerdLikeYou.com
NerdLikeYou.com

Don’t drink unlabeled bottles that have been sitting around
Let alone not leaving your own drink unattended, it’s really never a good idea to drink a bottle of something with completely unknown contents. Doubling in size or shrinking in half are not even close to the worst that could happen. And on that note…

Disney.Wikia.com
Disney.Wikia.com

Don’t take food from strangers
You’re not supposed to take candy from strangers, and fruit is definitely no different. Even more so, how can you be sure that it is washed properly or hasn’t been exposed to harmful chemicals? Or that it’s fresh enough to ensure there are no maggots lurking inside? An apple a day may keep the doctors away, but you should really buy/pick it yourself.

LionKing.org
LionKing.org

Lions live in the jungle
“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight, a WEEheeheeeheee dee weeoh aweem away…” Wait a minute, what? That doesn’t sound right…

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Dejeka.wz.cz

Everything can be fixed by a makeover
Need to impress a princess? Poof! You’re a prince! Need to impress a prince? Poof! You’re a princess! Trying to join the Army to save your father? Chop your hair off and poof! You’re a soldier! It doesn’t necessarily mean that things will work out long term, but who likes to look that far ahead anyway?

TheVisionLarry.Wordpress.com
TheVisionLarry.Wordpress.com

It’s totally OK to rewrite history as long as you have a catchy soundtrack
If you’d like to write a script to explore a famous historical figure or event that impacted the history of a country, go right ahead! But if it’s fraught with disease, violence, and exploitation, gloss over all of that, throw in a love story, and make sure it’s all set to some excellent tunes.

DemifitzHerbert.DeviantArt.com
DemifitzHerbert.DeviantArt.com

Everyone needs an animal hype man
Mulan had Mushu, Aladdin had Abu, Ariel had Flounder (and Sebastian for that matter), Simba had Zazu…and the list goes on. It’s clear that everything is better when you’ve got an animal companion to accompany you on adventures and offer advice and guidance along the way. And most importantly, to harmonize and match pitch on the big numbers.

Blogs.Disney.com
Blogs.Disney.com

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