(#draftmas) Of the approximately 108 Disney movie classics, only 16 feature protagonists with living mothers. There's a whole thing about Walt Disney dealing with his mom's death, and to be fair most of these were killed off by the original authors. But still, it's a fascinating phenomenon. In chronological order:
  1. Mrs. Jumbo - Dumbo
    But she gets locked up in solitary confinement about 1/3 of the way through, which is like a partial death
  2. Mrs. Darling - Peter Pan
    But they insinuate that Wendy has to essentially take on mothering her two younger brothers because her parents are so absent
  3. Queen Leah - Sleeping Beauty
    But to protect Aurora from the curse, she gives up her daughter to 3 fairies in the woods. Still alive tho
  4. Perdita - 101 Dalmatians
  5. Mrs. Banks - Mary Poppins
    But she's pretty absent and I think the implication is supposed to be that she's such a bad mother that they need a nanny
  6. Duchess - The Aristocats
  7. Sarabi - The Lion King
    But a major plot point is Mufasa's death, after which Simba abandons the Pridelands and his mother so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but she lives.
  8. Andy's mom - Toy Story
  9. Hera - Hercules
    But sends her son Hercules away for the first 20-odd years of his life and has zero contact with him
  10. Fa Li - Mulan
  11. Sarah Hawkins - Treasure Planet
    But the father is dead/absent, and she doesn't get to go to Treasure Planet
  12. Helen Parr - The Incredibles
    But even though she's one of the main characters, if you google "The Incredibles" her character isn't even on the main banner lololol
  13. Eudora - The Princess and The Frog
    But they kill off the dad so this still feels a little hollow. But still great great mom
  14. The Queen - Tangled
    Only gets partial credit because most of the film is about Rapunzel being held hostage by another woman, so she only shows up except for brief scenes in the beginning and end. But still, she lives.
  15. Queen Elinor - Brave
    Becomes a bear for most of the film so idk if she counts?
  16. Riley's mom - Inside Out