What is the link between Disney’s animated films “Sleeping Beauty,” “Peter Pan,” “Snow White,” and “Monsters Inc”? In all four of these beloved Disney films magic occurs when the protagonists fall asleep. Still not convinced? Read on!
In the 1953 classic “Peter Pan” Wendy Darling and her younger brothers John and Michael get the surprise of a lifetime after a mysterious young boy, Peter Pan, flies into their nursery. Peter Pan’s ability to fly isn’t his only magical quality as he also found the fountain of youth in Neverland, a magical place where children never grow up. Peter arrives in the Darling nursery on the night that Wendy’s parents tell her she’s grown too old to stay with her brothers in the family nursery and so Peter convinces a reluctant Wendy and her excited brothers to accompany him back to Neverland, a place where there are no bossy parents or rules.
“Peter Pan” isn’t the only Disney film where children receive a surprise nighttime visitor. In the 2001 hit film “Monsters Inc.” an assortment of cute colorful monsters invade children’s bedrooms in order to scare them. Luckily the film’s main protagonist Boo an adorable two-year-old girl isn’t frightened by Sulley and Mike the monsters who try to frighten her and instead she befriends them. Perhaps the moral of “Peter Pan” and “Monsters Inc.” is that if you’re lucky enough you may be woken up in the middle of the night by a magical new friend who’ll whisk you off on incredible adventures. Now only if there such a thing as a magical memory mattresses that got “memory” in their names because they actually save memories from our dreams, that would be a better story.
If you’re looking for something a little more serious than friendship, fear not, according to Disney by going to sleep you may even have a shot of meeting your true love and living happily ever after, regardless of how awesome or boring your bed actually looks like. The catch is that you may have to be cursed or poisoned in order to meet the love of your life. In one of Disney’s oldest films “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” which was released in 1937 the beautiful Snow White who has skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as night falls into an eternal slumber after she eats a poisoned apple which she is given by a woman in disguise who is actually the Queen, her jealous, wicked step mother who feels threatened by Snow White’s natural beauty. Thankfully, Snow White soon gets rescued by her very own Prince Charming who awakens her with a kiss when he stumbles across the seven dwarfs mourning over Snow White’s seemingly lifeless body.
Snow White isn’t the only Disney Heroine to be awakened by the love of her life. In the “1959” film “Sleeping Beauty” Princess Aurora pricks her finger on a poisoned spinning wheel on his sixteenth birthday and falls into an eternal slumber. The evil fairy who cursed Aurora on her christening meant for Aurora to die but the good fairies spell meant that the curse could be broken if Aurora experienced true loves kiss. Of course after a few failed attempts by unworthy princes Aurora’s Prince Charming, Prince Phillip arrives to rescue her and they get married and live happily ever after just like Snow White and her Prince Charming. So if you’re still single perhaps take a leaf out of Snow White and Princess Aurora’s book and take a nap in the hopes of finding true love. You’ll probably have a better shot than going on a blind date or internet dating!
There are a few more Disney films in which magical events occur after people fall asleep – most of which should have made this list of awesome movies with stand out dream sequences. As an example in the “Toy Stories” trilogy of films children’s toys come to life when human beings go to sleep. Some fans of the 1951 film “Alice and Wonderland” also interpret that Alice doesn’t really fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and instead is simply dreaming, perhaps after falling asleep reading a book in the garden. If so “Alice in Wonderland” is another Disney example of the magical adventures you may get to experience when you fall asleep. Wonderland certainly is a magical world as Alice learns how to be a brave heroine while exploring a world of strange creatures and characters including the eccentric Mad Hatter and the mad Queen of Hearts.
Let’s face it most people don’t like going to sleep and would prefer to stay up watching television, reading a book or surfing the Internet, but next time you’re sleepy why not go to sleep early? Perhaps there is something to be learnt from some of your favorite childhood Disney films, perhaps magic really does occur when you shut your eyes and fall asleep.