Bollywood V Disney

I never thought that Bollywood would win in my house as neither me or my husband watch modern Bollywood movies.


However, in a week when we were quarantined at home, I got out a number of Disney Classics from Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and 101 Dalmations to entertain the children. Unfortunately they didn’t work and my daughters chose films such as Mohabattein, Khabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Lagaan, Hum Tum, as their preferred entertainment.

This came as a surprise to me. They love the Disney books and I thought they would love the animation too. Instead they found them scary, violent and really unpleasant.

Bollywood on the other hand was colourful, fun, full of music and the only villain was a family member whose fear was definitely not visual. They didn’t even mind the emotional journey and would just ask a lot of questions “like why did his daddy send him away?”

I don’t know if other parents have found their young children frightened of Disney Classics but I do think that maybe Hollywood has something to learn from Bollywood.




2 Comments to “Bollywood V Disney”

  1. I remember being taken to see Snow White with my brother when he was only 3 years old. I think I was 8 or 9. He was absolutely petrified of the wicked queen and actually started to cry in the movie! I of course was old enough to remember and so have never let him live it down.

    On another note, I took my two nieces to see How to Train Your Dragon in 3D at the cinema and they were so scared of it they refused to wear their 3D glasses and asked to leave halfway through the movie.

    I think Disney/Pixar/movie companies in general forget who their audiences are sometimes. Adults couldn’t care less if a children’s movie is scary or not, they are not watching the movie for themselves are they?? But I can’t help feeling that the kids could be left a bit scarred.

    Saying that though, I think my nieces need to toughen up. And my brother!

  2. The worst moment of my life to date is when my little niece asked me “where is bambi’s mum”


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