Peeps! I am looking for references again, this time to movies.
I am looking for movies that are all of:
1) made for children/youth
(e.g. Disney), AND
2) with a male protagonist
3) who is a child or adolescent youth, AND
4) a/the major point of the film is that the protagonist is punished by the plot
into learning to be more obedient/submissive to authority figures
he's been defying. Extra credit if the authority figure(s) is/are parent(s). Extra credit if the lesson is that the authority figure(s) are wiser and more right, and the protagonist learns that he should listen to his elders.
Because of the theme (and the role of filial piety in Confucian-influenced cultures),
4) AND the film must be made in the West
The one example I can come up with is the "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" sub-chunk in "Fantasia" (1940).
I heard an analysis of "Top Gun" (1968) (haven't seen it myself) which contends that theme was the upshot of this movie, but it doesn't meet criterion 3 or maybe 1.
If you can think of any, please comment; in doing so, it would be appreciated if you could summarize how the plot reflects the theme. Example:
In the "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" sub-chunk in "Fantasia" (1940) (not to be confused with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" full length movie in 2010), the protagonist (Micky Mouse) is a sorcerer's apprentice assigned to domestic chores; to get out of them, he tries to use his master's magic. Hilarity ensues. Master rescues apprentice, who is duly chastened.
(For those who are worrying, no, I'm not planning on using this as a recommendation for clinical purposes. The theme is indeed kind of icky. I'm asking to try to get a bead on the extent to which this narrative shows up in Western culture. I'm of the initial impression, "basically, it doesn't", so I'm asking for that hypothesis to be falsified.)ETA
: The plot that I'd really
like to find is, "Boy has fundamental disagreement with his father about what he's going to grow up to be, boy and father have huge quarrel, boy runs off to sulk, boy finds magical entity who gives him a wish, boy wishes for self-determination, genie-style wish causes horrendous consequences for father and others, boy spends rest of movie desperately trying to save father from peril, and in the course of doing so, learns his father was right all along, by acquiescing to father's demands, boy saves father and father saves the day." That might be a tad specific, but if it's out there, I want to know.ETA2
: I think "Pinocchio" (1940) qualifies, but I don't remember it well enough; I had to review the wikipedia page.