Some insight on Disney’s ability to touch emotions from John Boone:
Ever notice how Disney characters—especially Disney princesses—rarely have moms? Their moms are either died, have gone missing, or are otherwise unaccounted for?
So, Boone got an interview with producer Don Hahn who worked on The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and other Disney classics.
One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and Disney films are about growing up. They’re about that day in your life when you have to accept responsibility.
The other reason is more tragic.
The other reason—and this is really odd—Walt Disney, in the early 1940s, when he was still living at this house, also bought a house for his mom and dad to move into. He had the studio guys come over and fix the furnace, but when his mom and dad moved in, the furnace leaked and his mother died. The housekeeper came in the next morning and pulled his mother and father out on the front lawn. His father was sick and went to the hospital, but his mother died. He never would talk about it, nobody ever does.