The Magic Of Disney

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The Magic of Disney “Children are always reaching” (Walt Disney). Children are the most impressionable people in our society. They believe almost everything they hear or see and their personalities are greatly affected by everything they are exposed to. Everyday children are surrounded by many messages, some from company advertisements, and others from the shows they watch on TV. “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. Critics of Disney claim there are themes of racism, sexism, and domestic violence cleverly woven into classic Disney movies. These anti-Disney protestors believe that Disney used these messages in its movies in order to spread very negative ideas about non-American culture and also to shape the identities of children. Through analysis of counter arguments and primary sources such as the films “Tarzan”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Mulan”, it is clear that Walt Disney and the Disney Corporation do not actually use its harmless, and at times even positive, family movies to shape the children of the world into a horrible, racist, stereotyping, and self-objectifying population. Anti-Disney advocates stress the fact that Disney movies appear to show and promote racism. One movie that they use as an example is “Tarzan.” When explained by them, the racist parallels may seem to
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