28 Apr. 2014
“A Child’s Mind... The Disney Effect”
Once upon a time there was a man named Walt Disney who opened up doors of unbelievable fascination. Fascination so indescribable and so irresistible that everyone especially the children, adored the experience it let them live. Even to this day, Disney is a major part of childhood. Through a princess who is saved by her knight in shining armor, to a girl with magical hair, a singing mermaid with desire to live her own life, and a girl biting a forbidden apple, Disney teaches us to wish upon a star.
Most children in today’s day have a favorite Disney movie that they have watched over and over again. They can more than likely say most of the line of the movie by heart as well. This is because when Walt Disney started creating his stories, he knew he wanted them to have positive and moving endings. People loved the messages Disney sent – they were always positive and taught children life lessons: “The message delivered by Walt Disney’s various projects was an optimistic one that cherished the values of family unity and selfless courage. Goodness almost always triumphed over evil. His works promoted preservation – of the environment, of the family, and of the American way of life” (George 2). In addition to having great messages and life lessons, Disney was very different from the people he competed with during his time. Because of his differences, he was able to spark interest with all sorts of different people. His characters were likeable and fun to follow, “Unlike his competitors, whose cartoons were filled with slapstick and double entendres, Disney’s short features focused on the wholesome activities of likeable little characters who were essentially human in spirit if not in form” (Carey 3). Since people enjoyed Disney’s works, he became very successful very quickly. Today, everyone knows who
Critics have warned the public audience about Disney programming’s affect on the “invasion and control of children’s imagination” (Ross 5). These movies express the typical gender roles “such as males being physically strong, assertive, and athletic, and females being prone to overt emotion, inc...
Walt Disney was born December 5, 1901 Hermosa, Chicago,Illinois by parents Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney. Living with four other siblings, Walt Disney grew up knowing selflessness and the power of togetherness that he used latter on in his many lines of work. Known for being a entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer, Walt Disney has been successful in bring joy and happiness to everyone of all ages. Disney has made large stepping stones for the animated industry along with creating beautiful long lasting entertainment for all and teaching us that with hard work and dedication we can do anything we dream of.
The history of disney movies is one of family values and culturally important topics. By using humor and visually appealing graphics disney conveys age appropriate lessons for all. Renown for their messaging of moral values not just through their text but in the songs throughout their movies, for example the movie Mulan tells the story of a young girl that sacrifices for her dad and still has upbeat messages in songs like ¨girl worth fighting for¨. Disney from the beginning to even now has been a childhood classic no matter the generation. But many pessimist have been questioning why and how disney movies have been capable of staying on the top of THRs ranking for the past
Women have been in movies since they first started playing on the big screen, they have played an assortment of roles, the damsel in distress, the first one to die, the poor scullery maid who ends up a princess, the evil witch, etc. While some of the roles have shed bad light on women, for example being a femme fatale, other movies have set positive examples for the future generations. As time has changed, the Disney princesses have evolved with it, each princess becoming more outspoken and independent, influencing the young women of today to want to grow up to be just like them, “They enact a shift from the "princesses" of ballet to the "heroes" of sport. Heroism, egalitarianism and autonomy are slipped into the conventions of Disney princesshood” (Do Rozario, R.,C., 2004, para. 34). In Mulan the movie, Mulan saves her father by disobeying him, and taking his place in the war by doing that she ended up saving her whole country. Disney isn’t telling young women to disobey their parents; they’re showing them that while you may be a girl, you can be brave and succeed.
For decades Disney has been the source of happy endings, fairytales, and family friendly stories for children of all ages. These stories range from realistic and familiar, to the eye-catching magical fairytale. The key to each of these stories are the happy endings brought about by each of the characters unique personalities and dreams. Disney’s films are attempted to provide children with the basic understanding of wrong versus right, but instead influences our society’s beliefs and awareness. Although Disney’s efforts to provide the basic morals to our children are misleading and affect our society strongly, they also contain the use of racism in a form which shows the major differences between characters. The once admired and well-known characters are seemed to be recognized by their species, ethnicity and even their social class. Disney films have taken out of context and have persuaded their viewers understanding of racial stereotyping, which is thoroughly explained in Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock’s novel, The Mouse that Roared. They bring awareness to the underlying racial stereotyping in Disney films, which deeply affect our societies understanding today. Giroux and Pollock bring into perception these admired and regularly watched films through precise examples and racist rendering of the specific characters species and ethnicities which strongly influence our society and lead children to intake these negative influences.
Many of us have seen a Disney movie when we were younger. Disney movies captured our attention with their mortals and successful conclusion. The animations and music transform us into a land of magic where anything is possible if we just believe. Disney movies wrapped us in the idea that good always triumphs evil, that happy ever after exists. We have become the generation of Beauty and the Beast, The 101 Dalmatians, Dumbo and Snow White as children now have not heard of these or have watched them. Some of these movies have been recreated and released in high definition and on DVDs in the past few years, but the structure and themes of the movies stays the same. However, we never stop and thought of the undertones in Disney movies? They contain abuse, violence, dysfunctional relationships, and gender stereotypes, which is not appropriate for children. They may not understand what abuse, violence, dysfunctional relationships, alcohol or tobacco are at their ages but do we want to think it is normal. When we think that little girls wat...
Disney is a brand synonymous with magic and fairytales – their princesses play a huge role in that mysticism. In the debate considering which one is the best, we can examine the message of the corresponding film, the princess’s aesthetic, and the audience’s reception to their film. In comparing the princesses: Belle, Moana, Elsa, and Mulan, all post-modern Disney princesses – Moana is the best.
His work in modern media was revolutionary. Moreover, he broadened communication and made it easier to learn about new cultures. Disney’s movies play a vital role in children’s development and their productivity when they enter the “real world”.