Happiness (or otherwise) in Disneyland!

Happiness (or otherwise) in Disneyland!

Check out this interesting article about Disneyland, kid’s movies, happiness and positive psychology…

by David Lundberg Kenrick for Psychology Today

When I was in film school, I remember a teacher told me that the reason Indiana Jones was never up for best picture was because we didn_ã_t love the Nazis _ã_ the bad guys were too inhumanly bad. It certainly would have been a different movie if the bad guys learned the errors of their ways, and made amends with the good guys. But I don_ã_t know if that particular movie really would have been improved if we had seen the bad guys acting like regular people, or we had learned some tragic back-story for how the muscle-bound Nazi mechanic had wound up on the wrong side of the fight. In that case, I_ã_m not sure I could have enjoyed seeing him get chopped up by a propeller. 

In Toy Story 2, though, the antagonist has a very sympathetic backstory. He is a Prospector Pete toy, who spent a lifetime on a dimestore shelf watching all the other toys get sold.  He never really becomes friends with the heroes Woody and Buzz Lightyear, but in the end, he_ã_s not thrown in a pit of lava, he_ã_s simply given to a girl who is going to give him a crayon makeover.  In a sense, he will be ruined, but at the same time it_ã_s clear that he is actually getting what he has always wanted _ã_ a kid to play with him.

Because I_ã_m so fond of Toy Story 2, I was incredibly excited for Toy Story 3. For the most part, Toy Story 3 was another excellent movie. But it had one major problem _ã_ in the end, the bad guy, Lots-O_ã_ Huggin_ã_ Bear, seemed to get an unfair sentence.  And this aroused even more dissonance because Lots-O_ã_ had a very sympathetic backstory.  He had been lost by the girl he loved, and after struggling to return, discovered that he had been replaced by another teddy bear.  It_ã_s a major flaw for such a strong movie.  And it_ã_s a particular flaw for a movie from Disney-Pixar, from whom we expect a pure uplifting happy ending, and a clear moral message for Junior.

The Psychology of Revenge and Forgiveness…want to read more? These issues and constructs are, I believe, very relevant and important for our happiness and the health and happiness of our children.

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