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.
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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!