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Which Disney Film is at the Top of Parents’ ‘Most Inappropriate’ List?

Which Disney Film is at the Top of Parents’ ‘Most Inappropriate’ List?

Last month, we shared with you a list of the most popular Disney animated classics. While many of those are beloved across generations, others that didn’t make the list are sometimes shunned by parents. Some parents see the content of certain older animated films to be inappropriate by today’s standards. While we at Parents & Kids aren’t agreeing or disagreeing with these assessments, it’s interesting to see how the films many of us were raised with now raise eyebrows in some quarters.

Online retailer from the UK, OnBuy, compiled a list of the Disney flicks parents think contain the “most inappropriate” themes for children. Key findings of the study indicate 57-percent would still let their children watch these films despite their outdated or questionable content, and 29-percent said it depends upon the age of the child. Clearly, this shows that over half of parents surveyed aren’t all that worked up about even these films that top the inappropriate list.

As with most things, this is a decision for each parent to make, but it seems the Disney classic most parents put at the top of the list is “Dumbo,” in which body-shaming is the main concern.  It was deemed inappropriate by 31-percent of adults surveyed, 26-percent of whom said they would not let their children watch the film.

The rest of the top five include “Peter Pan” in the number-two slot, with 19-percent seeing it as inappropriate, followed by “Beauty and the Beast” (12-percent); “Fantasia” (11-percent); “The Aristocats” (9-percent); “Snow White” (6-percent); “Jungle Book” (6-percent).

About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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