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What started as a graduate school capstone project has now expanded into a blog and a professional development workshop series for Washington State community colleges. Join me, Kaytie (Disney scholar, mom, and college academic adviser), as I talk about Disney princesses, representation in media, my relatability to and love for Disney villains, and more.

Tangled and Lilo & Stitch Adoption Narratives

November 12, 2021

Welcome back!


November is National Adoption month so we are talking about adoption narratives in Disney movies and TV shows (there are a lot, btw).


I’m joined by guest Lauren, a fellow adoptee, to discuss two Disney movie adoption narratives in depth: Lilo and Stitch and Tangled.


Follow Lauren and get her book, Inconvenient Daughter.

Website: https://theljsharks.com/ 

Instagram: @theljsharks 


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Website: www.wonderfulworldofdisneyvillains.com 

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Time Stamps:

00:00 - Intro

02:37 - Lauren’s intro

03:07 - How do we identify adoption in Disney movies and TV for this conversation?

07:49 - Let’s talk about the movies Lilo and Stitch and Tangled

08:52 - Lilo and Stitch summary and Lauren’s reaction

19:55 - Discussion on the adoption and child protective services representation in the film

28:40 - Tangled summary and Lauren’s reaction

45:56 - Discussion on adoption, gas lighting, abusive relationships, Rapunzel’s lack of agency, and more

55:44 - Are movies like Tangled triggering to adoptees and domestic abuse/family abuse survivors?

  • Only showing certain adoption tropes, family reunion scenes, no mourning for the parent who raised them - only the parent who gave birth to them
  • 59:42 - Lion King 2 and Simba’s trauma

01:07:06 - How media influences society’s perception of adoptees. What would an authentic adoption story be like? What are things writers need to factor in to portray an accurate and authentic adoption story?

If you want to learn more about Lauren’s adoption story and my own adoption story listen to the Janchi Show podcast! 

Lauren’s guest appearance on Episode 23

My guest appearance on Episode 28