While cute or comedic stories at the time, researchers have gone back to their childhoods and reviewed many of these films and their animated characters to determine if there are underlying references to mental illness, and if so, how those characters are portrayed and what impact that may have on children and their attitudes towards mental health.
Take a few minutes today and check out the two articles below, the first on the psychosocial problems and pathologies in the Hundred Acre Woods, and the second on the prevalence of mental illness references in Disney movies. Develop your own opinion as to whether these films further perpetuate the stigma and stereotypes surrounding mental health conditions.
"Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: A neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne" by Sarah E. Shea, Kevin Gordon, Ann Hawkins, Janet Kawchuk, Donna Smith (CMAJ)
"Mental Illness in Disney Animated Films" by Andrea Lawson & Gregory Fouts (Canadian Journal of Psychiatry)