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15 Lessons We Learned from Disney Grandparents

What can I say about the older generation? We look up to them for help whenever we need it and ask them to impart wisdom and understanding. Sometimes, they’ve taken on the roles of parents, babysitters, financial consultants, and shoulders to cry on, but one thing’s for sure — we’ve all had some pretty amazing influencers that have impacted our lives forever.

Disney movies are full of life lessons, especially from characters who are older, grandparent figures. From sassy characters to a wise emperor, we’re taking a look at some of Disney’s famous grandparents and grandparent figures, in honor of Grandparents Day on September 8th!

  • The older the wiser? 1 of 16
    15 Disney life lessons for grandparents day

    Let's honor Grandparents Day by taking a look at some of Disney's famous grandparents and grandparent-like characters from older generations!

  • Feeling lucky? 2 of 16
    grandmother fa, mulan

    Grandmother Fa: How lucky can they be? They're dead. Besides, I've got all the luck we'll need.

    Ah, grandmothers. How could we survive without their little, adorable quirks? Did you have a grandmother who believed in good luck charms like Grandmother Fa in Mulan? The lesson here is to embrace our loved ones — no matter what!

  • Make a difference! 3 of 16
    emperor, mulan

    The Emperor of China: A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.

    Sometimes, the wise words from those who are older can change the courses of those from a younger generation. The lesson here is that we can all make a difference in the lives of those around us! This is a great quote from the Emperor in Mulan.

  • Take all you can get! 4 of 16
    alice, tea

    Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.

    Such a simple concept. It kind of reminds me of the quote, "When in doubt, ask!" The lesson here is don't settle for less! The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland wants you to be the most that you can be!

  • Do it right the first time! 5 of 16
    old man in toy story

    Geri the Cleaner: Ya can't rush art.

    How many times have we tried to rush through something only for it be a total flop? Then we have that small voice telling us they told us so. Hmmm, I wonder whose voice that is? The lesson here is to take your time and do a job well done! I think Geri the Cleaner from Toy Story 2 did a fab job on Woody!

  • Lesson learned! 6 of 16
    up

    Carl Fredricksen: I don't want your help, I want you safe.

    Grandparents. Always watching out for us — even when you wanted to help out with something, but ended up messing things up! The lesson here is there's a time to help and a time to take a step back and be helped! In the end of the movie UP, Mr. Fredricksen warmed up to Russell and wanted nothing more than to protect him.

  • You can’t run! 7 of 16
    zipadeedoo

    Uncle Remus: You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far.

    Oh, boy! Ain't that the truth! The lesson here is don't hide from any situation, because no matter where you go, problems will always be there. Be brave, and in the end, just like Uncle Remus in Song of the South, you'll have a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day!

  • Learning from the wise! 8 of 16
    maurice, beauty and the beast

    Maurice: No, Belle. Listen to me. I'm old, I've lived my life...

    We should never want to stop listening to the older generation. They've lived their lives! They have more experiences to share and that we can learn from, just like Maurice from Beauty and the Beast wanted to teach Belle! The lesson here is to listen to those who have more wisdom. It just might be better for us in the long run.

  • Respect! 9 of 16
    mr. smee, peter pan

    Mr. Smee: This ain't no place for a respectable pirate.

    If your grandfather always had something to say about how you dressed or how you lived at home, then I'm sure you can relate to this quote. And Mr. Smee from Peter Pan nailed it! The lesson here is to learn where and when to do things. Respect is something that is earned!

  • Accept and move on! 10 of 16
    Merlin, sword in the stone

    Merlin: Oh, come, come, come, come now. You're as wet as you can get.

    Getting comfort from grandparents is always the best. Merlin from The Sword in the Stone couldn't have said it any better! Wise words from grandparent figures when you need them most are better than anything else in this world. The lesson here is to accept the challenges that life brings us. It can't get any worse, right?

  • Have a little faith! 11 of 16
    godmother

    Fairy Godmother: Nonsense, child. If you'd lost all your faith, I couldn't be here. And here I am.

    If you had a grandparent who had faith the size of a mustard seed, your life must've been great! There's nothing like having an older person believe and have faith in the young ones. The lesson here is to acknowledge what we are capable of! Heck, we might even move mountains! If the Fairy Godmother from the movie Cinderella said so, then we can do it!

  • Live a little! 12 of 16
    prince phillip, sleeping beauty

    King Hubert: Well, what do you think? Nothing elaborate, of course. Forty bedrooms, dining hall... honeymoon cottage, really.

    If your grandparents knew how to live large and loved every single minute of it, embrace it! You never know what you might inherit! HA! The lesson here is to live a little bit. Enjoy life! Just look at what Prince Phillip's father, King Hubert, was going to build for his son and new daughter-in-law in Sleeping Beauty!

  • Family is Family!!! 13 of 16
    jasmine's father, aladdin

    Sultan: I don't know where she gets it from. Her mother wasn't nearly so picky.

    Ah, yes. The blaming of the in-laws. Grandparents can get a little harsh when dealing with family, but always remember, they truly mean well! When the Sultan from Aladdin was fed up with Jasmine's lack of interest in finding a hubby, he might've let this quote slip. The lesson here is that we all have different personalities, but family is forever!

  • Beauty is only skin deep 14 of 16
    old lady, princess and the frog

    Mama Odie: The only thing important is what's UNDER the skin...

    This is so true, whether it be in an animated movie or in real life. Thanks to Mama Odie from The Princess and the Frog, the lesson here is that looks aren't all that. Take are of your heart and soul. After all, it's the thought that counts, right?

  • We got your back! 15 of 16
    Doc, snow white

    Doc: Don't be afraid. We're right behind you.

    Have you even read those shirts that say, "If dad says no, go ask grandpa"? There's a reason behind that, you know. It's nice to know you always have your grandparents to have your back. The lesson here, from Doc in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is to trust those who you know will always have your back. With positive people behind you, the world is yours to conquer! I like this quote. Thanks, Doc!

  • Thanks, Mama! 16 of 16
    mother gothel, tangled

    Mother Gothel: Skip the drama, stay with Mama!

    Can you imagine all the trouble we would've saved ourselves if we had skipped all the drama in our lives and stayed with mama? The lesson here is to take what our mamas can give. Just like Mother Gothel in Tangled, moms can be overbearing and obnoxious, but sometimes they actually know what they're talking about!

Photo Source: Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Studios

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