5 Important Lessons from Disney Movies

Many things can be learned from watching films. Below, we'll describe some of the most important lessons from Disney movies.
5 Important Lessons from Disney Movies
Ana Couñago

Written and verified by the psychologist Ana Couñago.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

Disney movies are known worldwide not only for their great entertainment value, but also for their educational value. All of the feature films created by this animation company convey important life lessons. For this reason, we’ve decided to put together this article which reveals some lessons from Disney movies.

5 lessons from Disney movies

First of all, it’s important to note that these teachings are valid for both children and adults, which makes them even more valuable. We’ll talk about some of them below.

1. The value of friendship

Throughout the Toy Story movie saga, we can see how the main characters of the story value friendship above all else. They care for, support, and help each other. And, despite any differences and disagreements that may arise, they always manage to solve their problems.

In addition, it’s worth noting that the main song of the Toy Story soundtrack is entitled “You’ve got a friend in me.”

5 Important Lessons from Disney Movies
© Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures

2. The importance of perseverance and not giving up

In Finding Nemo we learn that perseverance and effort are fundamental to achieve everything you set out to do. The plot of this movie revolves around Marlin, a clownfish who, despite his many fears and insecurities, decides to cross the entire ocean in search of his son, Nemo.

In his long sea voyage, Marlin has to overcome numerous challenges and face several failures. But despite this, he never gives up and finally achieves his goal.

3. Lying has a price

In 1940, Disney adapted the classic novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. Although many years have passed since its premiere, the teaching that this famous character gives us is timeless.

With the story of Pinocchio, children learn that constant lying has negative consequences. In the case of our hero, it causes his nose to grow.

In the film, we also see how the little wooden doll then transforms into a human being and, with this, he acquires new values such as love, loyalty, and respect for his loved ones.

4. There’s no need to worry – one of the best lessons from Disney movies

Timon and Pumba are two characters that are very dear to anyone who’s seen The Lion King. This dynamic duo not only makes us laugh throughout the entire movie, but they also leave us with a great lesson thanks to the famous phrase “Hakuna matata.” Or, in other words, no worries.

This is their life motto. And, in truth, it couldn’t be more accurate, since we should focus on the positive, without wasting time worrying about the past, the future, or what could happen.

5 Important Lessons from Disney Movies
© Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

5. The importance of being yourself

To complete this list of Disney movies, let’s talk about Aladdin. The great mistake of this humble thief was to impersonate a powerful prince in order to make the princess of the kingdom fall in love with him.

However, he finally understands that to be completely happy, you have to be true to yourself and your origins.

Growing up watching Disney movies

Since 1937, when Disney’s first feature film was released, many generations have grown up watching these fantastic movies.

The teachings conveyed in them have changed over time, and have been adapted to different historical and social moments. Today, we see strong and independent princesses who face challenges with courage, characters who give their all to achieve their dreams, families that remain united despite adversity, etc.

All these life lessons enter the minds of children and adults almost involuntarily. Hence, the importance of children watching films with positive messages and values, such as those instilled by the Disney films mentioned above.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.