No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.
This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.
Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and lives happily ever after because of it.
We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.
YES. VERY GOOD.
We also need movies like this to counter the idea that adoptive parents aren’t a child’s “real” parents, or that by nature they can’t be good parents. This is such a ridiculous notion that I can’t believe modern movies and tv shows are still banking on it. A person makes a good parent, no matter what the blood relationship -and being a parent by blood does not automatically make you a good one. Matilda has a wonderful message in that regard as well.
“It’s still astonishing to see that film. In fact, when he was doing storyboards for the Ave Maria section of Fantasia (1940) and one of the story people said, ‘You know, I don’t think we’re using the cartoon medium as we should be.’ Walt immediately turned on the guy and said, ‘This is not the cartoon medium, we shouldn’t only be thinking of this as a cartoon, we have worlds to conquer here.’”