When I think about racism, prejudice, or the stereotyping of cultures and people, I cannot help but think of Walt Disney movies. I love Disney movies, but many of them are controversial and are terrible about stereotyping ethnic/racial groups of people. One of my best friends, Heather, is a Native American. When we attended Franklin College together, a conversation came up about Disney movies and even though we were twenty-one years old we still loved these movies. However, Heather brought up that she cannot stand the movie Peter Pan.
To reach these conclusions, I read the two different articles and viewed some advocacy advertisements sponsored by the American Indian College Fund. The first article I read was one written by a non-Native American. It was called “Indians”: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History, written by Jane Tompkins. The article focuses on the problem of how different historians portray Native Americans. It also addresses the challenge post structuralism poses to the study of history.
Kayla Dailey 3rd Block Anna Hardy 2011, Nov 8 Pocahontas’s popularity during the 1600’s possessed Disney’s Motion Pictures to produce Pocahontas: The Movie, but their inspiration lead to inaccuracy. Pocahontas, also known as Matoaka, was the daughter of “ Indian emperor Powhatan”(Hart 660). She was famous for bringing peace between the Powhatan tribes and the Jamestown colonists. Matoaka was born in 1595, in her “home village Werowocomoca”(Hanes, Web). No one knew that Pocahontas had a “secret name”, which was “White Feather”(McGlenn, Web).
The Disney Corporation, known for inspiring generations of children since its first animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Cottrell, et al. 1937) to their most recent and still unreleased; Monsters inc. 2 (Scanlon, D. 2013), has clearly had an impact on the masses, if you look to the quantitate data ‘230 million is the approximate viewers of a Disney film (based on visits to the cinema and DVD purchases) per year’ (Disney by the Numbers, 2012). Yet with all these fans there is often much discussion as to whether Disney corporation has actively implemented sexist (discriminating on the basis of sex, usually females) racist (describing one race as superior to another) and homophobic (an irrational aversion to homosexuals) representations within their cinematic cartoons in order to influence audiences whether young or old. When looking in depth and critically at each case study, prejudice becomes more apparent, even to the most dispassionate of viewers. The case studies are: Pinocchio, (Ferguson, N. et al.
In 1937, Walt Disney became the first film producer to release a feature length fairytale film titled “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, which was a welcome distraction from the great economic depression at that time (Zipes, 1999). This paved the way for fairytales to be adapted via various mediums such as film and music right up until the 21st century. 1.2 Rationale The evolution of the oral folktales into fairytales that are globally distributed today has been influenced by changing societal times and its influence on the network of fairytales. By examining the metamorphosis of the oral folktale into the literary fairytale that is pervasive in postmodern and modern society, this paper would like to point out that there is more than meets the eye in these one-sided sanitized bedtime stories told to children. Through a look at the Grimm brothers, arguably the most prominent
And they also have a long history for their struggles with the new settlers. In this research I will focus on the Native Americans of the western part of the United States and their history, especially the time of the removal, around the nineteenth century. I will divide my research into two main parts. In the first part I will talk about every part of the western Native Americans’ locations, their geography and an overview of the changes that were brought into them after the European colonization. In my second part I will focus of the time of their history of their removal to the Indian territories and reservations, which we are currently studying in class.
Inside Out, the newest Disney Pixar film has been a huge hit among people of all ages in spite of it being an animated film for children. The film’s main character, Riley, is a twelve year old girl who is forced to move from Minnesota to San Francisco due to her father’s new job. The five characters based on the emotions in Riley’s head are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. These characters play a huge role in the development of Riley’s character as the movie progresses. In the control center, which is located in Riley’s mind, the five emotions choose how to react to the various situations that occur in Riley’s life.
Then in 1937 RCA entered a broad-based contract with Disney, and under this agreement RCA released an English Gramophone soundtrack to the U.S. They also released "El Raton Voladon," which was a Spanish-speaking version of "the Flying Mouse," on the RCA bluebird label. Then the RCA sined as the exclusive producer of Disney and silly symphony records, a licence they held for a dozen years. In that same year RCA received licence to change some or all of the sounds in both the English and Spanish version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The next year, RCA released a 3-record set that was described as "songs from Walt Disney's 'Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs' with the same characters and sound effects as in the film of that title."
Tompkins eventually alters her conclusion that historians should be aware of the problems of perspectivism and base their assessment through finding reasons and evidence to support and make the judgment of facts determined by their position in history. Like Tompkins difficulty to finding the truth of the Native Americans and European settlers, history always contains two sides to every story. Throughout Tompkins research, she struggled between the concept of relativism and morality. She begins her essay elucidating facts about Native American Indians through middle school history classes. While spieling what she knows about Indians, Tompkins then proceeds to describe her infatuation with Indians and emphasizes her similarity between herself and the Indians.
“Disney is the largest and media and entertainment conglomerate in the world” (Cinema: Man and Mouse, Time). Kids grow up watching classic Disney movies such as “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Aladdin”, among others. For a long time now there has been controversy about what kind of messages Disney is sending to its audience, the children of the world. Everyone who is pro-Disney believes that Disney only spreads ideas of magic, love, and innocents. There are also those who are strongly against Disney and try and point out Disney’s faults as they attempt to find horrible messages hidden in Disney films.