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Arrow How do biological children view these films... - July 25th 2009, 08:58 AM

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The movie G-Force started me thinking about how unadoptees may view certain films.

I'm adopted, thus these films have always carried a special meaning for me. But, what I'm unsure about is how these messages would and could be interpreted and understood as a nonadoptee.
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TARZAN

A boy loses his parents, he's raised by gorillas. He always senses that something is off and it's really powerful when he sees mankind for the first time and learns about his origins. In the end, he stays where he feels the most at home - in the jungle with his adoptive family.

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A baby is sent to Earth by Hades. During his teenage years, he feels seriously out of place - like he wasn't mean to be "here." He finds out that he's adopted and goes on a quest to find his biological father. Having discovered that he is actually the son of a God, he sets out to become a hero to regain his birth right. In the end, he stays where he feels the most at home - in the plane of the living.

THE THIRTEENTH YEAR (I'm unsure if those under 21 will have seen this classic disney channel film)

A boy got lost at sea away from his birth mother. Upon his thirteenth year he starts discovering that he's different, yearns to know where he comes from and have the accurate care he needs to learn how to use his newfound abilities that his adoptive parents could never possess. As he's caught between both worlds, his adoptive parents finally come to terms and lets him swim away with his birth mother knowing that he'll come back someday.

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A guinea pig (Darwin) always believed that he was genetically engineered. He later discovers that he was adopted from a pet shop because he was abandoned by his parents due to being the runt of the liter. This comes as a devastating shock to him, because all his life the only thing he yearned for was to be special. What he finds in the end is that he is special, he doesn't need to be genetically engineered and that his task master and friends are his real family.
These films have always struck a chord with me because their adopted. They deal with matters that adoptees often have to go through. Feelings of wanting to know where we come from, of being lost, and not knowing if we're special - or just the runt of the litter. The status of being an adoptee strongly motivates and drives these characters and I can relate to what they're going through on a really personal level.

But, my question is this - for those that aren't adopted, what message could you receive from these films? Do you relate to the protagonist in some way or just emphasize for them? These are disney films (if you'd notice, most are orphaned in some way - which is cool) with family messages, but what messages do they have for those that aren't from the adopted family model?

Also, how do you view the whole discovering your from another planet thing? A la Superman/Smallville, Roswell, & Escape From Witch Mountain... another common adoptee theme. For, at least me, the feeling of being an alien is very real because I was more or less dropped here and have certain trust barriers (as all aliens do) because of it.

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Re: How do biological children view these films... - July 28th 2009, 02:16 AM

I'd say i just empathize for them.
i mean not being adopted it doesn't really have a personal effect on me.
i never really thought about it but i can see how these would make someone who is adopted feel.


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Re: How do biological children view these films... - July 28th 2009, 06:32 PM

im not adopted.
i normally emphasise(sp?) with the characters who are. i can see the pain that the adoptive family go through when they feel like there losing their child, which in a way they are. however, i can also see the pain the biological parents go through when deciding to give the child up for adoption and the loss they feel later on and the need + want to be able to see them again.
i know someone who adopted someone so i have often thought of how id react if i found out that im adopted or if i was with another family etc. watching films like these i can see how they must feel and think about what personal experience with it they have, which can often cause both saddness and happiness at the same time.
i often feel very fortunate when i watch these films and grateful that i am still with my biological parents. however, i do think back to my personal experiences with losing people and the saddness that it brings even though they died/moved or whatever, its still in a way losing someone close to you and it brings out emotions that i personally would rather keep inside.
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Re: How do biological children view these films... - July 28th 2009, 06:56 PM

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But, my question is this - for those that aren't adopted, what message could you receive from these films? Do you relate to the protagonist in some way or just emphasize for them? These are disney films (if you'd notice, most are orphaned in some way - which is cool) with family messages, but what messages do they have for those that aren't from the adopted family model?
I cried for hours when I watched Tarzan, I was about 9/10 and I am not adopted.
Tarzan and other Disney stories that involve a lose of parents always made me appreciate how lucky I am to have my family.
   
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Re: How do biological children view these films... - July 28th 2009, 07:12 PM

Some younger children might not give a second thought about it, but growing up and learning empathy, it's all quite touching.


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Re: How do biological children view these films... - July 28th 2009, 07:29 PM

Along with others; i can emphasize with the films.
I believe though it's like alot of things people go through that you personally may not have. You can understand the situation and empathize or possibly relate in other ways. For example; my dad walked out when i was 2 years old and reappeared a few years later by which time i had no idea who he was. I see him more now but as i was growing up not so much. So my male figure was my older brother i guess who helped look after me. I know this is not the same as what you mean; but i have felt the questioning of "have i missed out not having a father when most people around me have?" or "is it better for me that i havent?" as you must wonder whether you have missed out not having your blood family bring you up or whether it truely is for the better. I know that i am happy with my upbringing but these disney films just make me question all the possibilities of other ways of life and other upbringings, i guess making me abit more open minded and aware when i was a child watching these?
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