Disney and Childhood Media

Topic 3 Disney and Childhood Media

Campbell et al. in our textbook call Walt Disney Company “a postmodern media conglomerate.” The company’s success is attributed to its mastery of Childhood Culture, beginning in the 1920s and cemented in 1937 with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Since then, Disney has become the modern storyteller, and purveyor of Fairy Tales for generations. Critics have noted many elements of Disney’s films, such as the man often saves the woman; women and girls often await a Prince; characters voiced by Black and Latino characters often do things are not supposed to, lie, or commit crimes; locations such as the Middle East in Aladdin are depicted as threatening.

View the Gender and Race sections of the Educational Film Mickey Mouse Monopoly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTe5s9yHeNI The commentators in MMM point out criticisms of Disney stories that you may or may not agree with. Select a Disney movie (or show) that is NOT addressed in the film, perhaps a more recent Disney film, which can include live action productions. Select Key Scenes you think are important, and assess how the story depicts Gender and Race, in separate paragraphs. You should argue your point, and do not have to agree entirely with what is said in Mickey Mouse Monopoly. You may find that in post-2000 Disney movies, gender and race a better represented. As you outline your 3 Body Paragraphs, be sure to describe the Scenes quickly: “The scene begins with Belle running from the Beast, and we see…”

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