Since the recent DVD release of Toy Story 3, many people are raising the question:
Where’s the dad in Toy Story 3? Or in Toy Story 1 and 2 for that matter?
Over the summer my family and I went to see the latest installment of the series. As always, Pixar did a great job with the film – except for one thing:
Dad was not represented in the film. Not even a mention.
It’s the same issue I had with the first two installments of the trilogy, and it taps into a much larger problem where dads are treated as second-class parents.
At first glance it may seem trivial, but what kind of message are we sending to the children who are watching this film? Not to mention the negative impact of countless TV shows, ads and commercials where dad is either not present, or portrayed as a negative stereotype (breadwinner, dope, moron, insert your most detested dad stereotype here, etc).
This type of miss is especially surprising to me from Pixar, who usually pays close attention to the details (which is part of what makes them great filmmakers).
When a boy (in this case Andy) is leaving home for college, why in the world wouldn’t dad be there to wish him well, help him load up the car and hug him goodbye? This perpetuates an archaic perception of dad as the non-present half of the parenting team. Even if Andy’s parents were divorced, any respectable dad would have at least called his son on the phone.
These days, this is not only an unfair representation, it’s also a horrible example for children to grow up with. And let’s not forget poor mom who’s expected to do everything! I for one find it offensive and insulting. What do you think?
And remember, you are not alone …
Additional Dads are Not Second-class Parents Articles:
- Part 1
- Part 2: And Then There’s Dad
- Part 3: A Divorced Dad’s Perspective
- Part 4: Dads Need Help Too
- A Question for Dads: Have You Been Treated Like a Second-class Parent? (share your story)
- Part 5: Perceptions & Paradigms