Toddler experiences ‘Disney trauma’ over classic movie

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“The Disney trauma is real,” Melanie Roy commented on a recent video of her toddler struggling to get through a popular Disney film classic.

For nearly a century, Walt Disney Studios has created core memories through quality films tattooed into the hearts of millions. Disney Studios content is the foundation for all that the company is revered for today, with generations upon generations remaining determined to share their favorite films with loved ones.

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That was Melanie Roy’s hope as she gathered her family, snuggled up on the couch, and turned on Disney’s The Lion King (1994). But once she began filming the toddler’s reaction, she was quickly reminded that launching new Disney films is “always a gamble”.

It’s always a gamble to introduce new @Disney movies 😂 #childhoodtraumacheck #childhoodtrama #disneyplus #disneymovies #toddlerhood #canadianmom #momsoftiktok #meanmom #meanmommy


It’s always a gamble to introduce new @Disney movies 😂 #childhoodtraumacheck #childhoodtrama #disneyplus #disneymovies #toddlerhood #canadianmom #momsoftiktok #meanmom #meanmommy

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“This lion is in trouble,” the toddler said in the clip, teary-eyed and a worried look. Melanie assured them everything would be fine as they continued to watch intently from dad’s arms.

The Lion King was first published in 1994 and relaunched in 2019 with the original story largely intact. Even some of the original stars from the 1994 film took part in the reimagining. The official Disney description of the film reads:

Cheerful, spirited lion cub Simba “can’t wait to be king,” but with the loss of his father, Mufasa, his adventures take a new path. Fleeing blame, guilt and Pride Land, Simba meets new friends along the way who teach him a carefree philosophy. As Simba grows up, he discovers that his father’s courage and wisdom are a part of him and reclaims his place as King of the Pride Lands.

The synopsis alone is enough to evoke great feelings.

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Chances are if you’ve seen it The Lion King, you can feel the toddler’s pain through the screen simply by listening to the award-winning soundtrack in the background. The toddler wasn’t alone as over 700 viewers flocked to the comments section to share their grief and talk about their own “Disney trauma.”

“My daughter cried forever Find Dory (2016),” wrote user dlew851. “She was so scared that Dory couldn’t find her parents.” Another TikToker wrote that her family didn’t even make it through the opening scenes of Find Nemo (2003) before you have to turn it off.

Dory Trauma from the Disney movie
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Accused several other answers The fox and the dog (1981) to inflict a similar “trauma,” with many agreeing that Disney broke their hearts time and time again.

“My daughter was upset WALL E (2008) when Eve tries to rebuild him and he doesn’t come right back,” Ashleigh added. Another commented that it was big hero 6 (2014), who brought their son in.

“They passed on the magic of Disney,” wrote DeeAnnDisney. “The emotions get us all little ones!”

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DeeAnnDisney isn’t far from Disney’s magic, as studies have confirmed that watching Disney movies can have positive effects on health and quality of life.

The JAMA Network published a study concluding that watching Disney movies during cancer treatment led to clinically proven improvements in participating patients.

With these results, and based on the overwhelming comment responses to Melanie’s video, it seems that the “gamble to introduce new Disney movies” is worth the risk for those looking to pass on the Disney movie torch.

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More about Walt Disney Studios

The official website describes Walt Disney Studios as follows:

For more than 95 years, Disney Studios content has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company has been built. Today, it offers quality films, episodic storytelling, and stage plays to consumers around the world. Disney Studios content spans a collection of respected motion picture studios including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Searchlight Pictures and 20th Century Studios. It is also home to the Disney Theatrical Group, producer of world-class stage shows.

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Have you been “traumatized” by a Disney movie? Tell us which ones in the comments below.

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