Fans Are Sharing Heartbreaking Observations About Disney Parents

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While they're rarely the main characters, parents in Disney movies always serve important roles. King Triton is overprotective, provoking Ariel to make a dangerous bargain. Mother Gothel from Tangled is a literal villain, who Rapunzel must overcome. Most of the time these mothers, fathers, and guardians have pretty straightforward stories, but as fans online are pointing out, sometimes there's more going on beneath the surface. There's good reason to suspect, for example, that Mirabel's mom Julieta has known where Bruno has been for years, but kept it secret. Fans often wonder why there's a dungeon complete with magic shackles at the castle in Frozen. One logical explanation: Anna and Elsa's parents built it for their daughter. Sometimes these details simply point out the obvious. In The Incredibles, it's hard to get around the fact that Mr. Incredible is a selfish father and unsupportive husband.

Check out this list of heartbreaking details fans are sharing about Disney parents, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!

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    3,522 VOTES

    Elsa's Parents Built Her Dungeon And Shackles

    From Redditor u/LtCommanderCarter:

    So when Elsa is knocked out and dragged back to Arendelle and put in a cell, did anyone think it was weird that they already had chains that were fitted to go over her hands?

    WELL, I think that Elsa's parents had those shackles specifically made for her in case she rebelled against them/got out of control.

    3,522 votes
  • 2
    3,845 VOTES

    Mother Gothel And Stockholm Syndrome

    From Redditor u/schrodingers_cat42:

    In Tangled, there's a split second in which Rapunzel reaches out desperately to save Mother Gothel--even after she stabs Eugene! It's so fast you might miss it, but it shows the huge impact that long-term emotional abuse can have.

    3,845 votes
  • 3
    2,875 VOTES

    Maurice Has Early Stage Alzheimer's

    Maurice Has Early Stage Alzheimer's
    Photo: Beauty and the Beast / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    From Redditor u/downtownoverthatway:

    Beauty and the Beast: Maurice suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease and Belle is determined to take care of him.

    Belle's relationship with her dad is a bit surprising given her ambitions to leave home and find more to life than the village, but she fears leaving as her father is in the early stags of Alzheimer's.


    He gets lost en route to the fair.

    He has a reputation for being 'crazy old Maurice' (which is unfortunate, especially given that he can't help his disease).

    You can read more here.

    2,875 votes
  • 4
    2,998 VOTES

    Mother Gothel Loves Hair, Not Rapunzel

    From Redditor u/wonkaass:

    Mother Gothel says 'I love you the most,' while kissing Rapunzel's HAIR instead of her forehead.

    2,998 votes
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    3,546 VOTES

    Julieta Always Knew Where Bruno Was

    From Redditor u/Revengelance:

    Julieta (Mirabel's mom) is one of the few characters to not be present in the song, 'We Don't Talk About Bruno.' It could be that this is because she genuinely didn't have anything bad to say about him. She never says anything bad about him throughout the movie, so yeah.

    Now, Bruno has been living in the walls for years, next to the kitchen, so he could get free food. It could be that he was stealing the food, but I like to imagine that Julieta was giving him the food on the sly, without telling anyone, because she still cared about him while everyone else still seemed to hate him.

    It's a small theory, but something I was thinking about.

    3,546 votes
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    2,302 VOTES

    Aurora's Parents Doomed Her Because Of Trivial Disrespect

    Aurora's Parents Doomed Her Because Of Trivial Disrespect
    Photo: Sleeping Beauty / Buena Vista Distribution

    From Redditor u/millii:

    Thought this is an interesting thought on one of my favorite movies.

    2,302 votes