This Walt Disney quote below came up on a friend's "A.Word.A.Day" feed. What's amazing is that these days "the Disney version" is taken to mean sanitized and happified. (A word a day that...doesn't exist.) But remember that Bambi's mother dies, Mufasa dies, BOTH parents died in Cinderella... Heck if you're still part of an in-tact, two-parent nuclear family in a Disney movie, get some life insurance.
Anyway, here's the quote from a man who had his own tough childhood, and probably would not have been the genius he was if he'd been shielded from disappointment, fear and some hard knocks:
I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. -Walt Disney, entrepreneur and animator (5 Dec 1901-1966)