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Chana Chaikin Sociology Impact of Disney Movies Growing up I watched a lot of Disney movies. We primarily only watched Jewish media, except Disney movies, as my parents felt that many of the film’s themes had valuable lessons for us to learn. Disney movies were a big part of my childhood. I grew up admiring the life of Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty, who all seemed to be redeemed from their struggles by Prince Charming. First and foremost Disney...
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The use of media technology increases as time passes by. People, especially children and adolescents, are exposed to a wide array of information, issues, and trends in society with the help of media. It has been a great help for society to deliver and exchange all sorts of information. However, certain issues have been raised such as racism and religious biases. These problems are the societal effects of media, but looking into the micro level, the influences of media on...
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Disney Princess movies are not as safe as we previously thought. We are unintentionally damaging our kids by subtly enforcing social stereotypes. This is done by using classic story tropes like the handsome knight saving the pretty, helpless princess. Along with that, it can make girls self-conscious about their bodies. This is due to all the pretty princesses all sharing the same physical qualities. This usually means being tall, thin, and pale. Disney has seemed to notice and has received...
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The Walt Disney Company found on October 16, 1923, in Los Angeles, California was a corporation known as one of the best providers of children and family entertainment in the 20th and 21st centuries. Disney’s first animated movie Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was a big hit and since then Disney has had huge successes. Disney has made many popular movies like Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950), The Little Mermaid(1989), Mulan (1998), Tangled (2010), Frozen (2012), and Moana (2016)....
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Have you ever caught yourself whistling at work? Perhaps you have told yourself to just keep swimming? Maybe even had your knee kissed better when you hurt it as a child? Are these phrases ringing any bells in your head? If yes, you have likely been influenced by the monstrous bundle of movies created by Walt Disney. If not, I am guessing you are not part of the 116 million subscribers of Disney+. Nevertheless, you are still influenced by Disney...
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Numerous academic research journals can be found into the study of the progression and portrayal of Disney princesses and their impact to children’s self-esteem and self-identity. This literature was reviewed to determine the conclusion on if both environmental and biological processes are included in the discovery of the impact that Disney princesses have on children’s self-esteem and how the two approaches interplay. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches to such research have found negative representation of women (Lacroix, 2004; Dundes, 2001;...
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In his article ‘How Walt Disney Ruined Our Lives’, which appeared in the Brandeis Magazine in 2013, Harvard-trained psychologist Robert Epstein talks about the impact of some of Walt Disney’s most famous films on the nature and dynamic of committed human relationships, specifically marriages. He mentions how these Disney movies, which are themselves based on ancient (and quite sinister) folktales collected by literary giants like Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers from their respective cultures, have contributed to the...
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Parents should write a petition to Disney to make their princesses fit the mold of young girls across the world and protest the amount of sexualization that is being presented to girls through TV and the Internet. Stephanie Hanes (2011), author of ‘Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect’, claims that Disney stated: “The Disney princesses teach girls valuable life lessons like kindness and the love for animals”. Several parents have found themselves mixed up in the controversy...
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The media plays a significant role in our daily lives by providing us with cultural, educational, and supplemental information that cultivates our knowledge while also shaping our political aspects and framing our cultural guidelines in society. It has the role of being an effective educator, by informing us of anything newsworthy, which is quite true, but what most people don’t know is the canny and manipulative ways on how they are doing it. They hinder with our public opinion through...
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Ever since the dawn of every family’s favorite franchise, Disney, young girls everywhere have had their minds contorted into believing they should portray a certain kind of woman and to never dare break the glass-ceiling. Right from the get go with the studios first feature film, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937), by using a doolally doe-eyed sweetheart relevant to the times, Disney has been dispatching a message of false hope that one day every young damsel, who wastes...
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In this media content review, I'm going to talk about Disney princesses. My form of media I chose along with my topic is gender. The reason I chose this topic was because I love Disney and as a little girl, my favorite Disney princess was always Cinderella. This paper I chose discusses Disney’s way to feminism and how cartoons have a positive or negative impact on children as they influence a child’s perception of the world. Cartoons can have an...
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If you were to ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, she is likely to say one of her dreams is to be a princess. Now this is not the princess you see in the Royal family; it is a Disney princess. A Disney princess is a slim physique, beautiful figure. From a young age I watched most Disney films, my favorite being Disney princess movies. Growing up I had no concerns about the...
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Disney movies have been criticized in the past for promoting an unrealistic beauty standard through their princesses as well as constant reinforcement that a man is needed in order to complete a woman. However, in the 2013 movie ‘Frozen’, Disney seemed to have attempted to listen to some of these gendered critiques. The main characters, Anna and Elsa, do still fit the profile of classic Disney princess physically, being white and shockingly thin, however, they manage to challenge the typical...
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Contrary to the popular opinion that Disney films contribute to the positive development of morals of the younger generation, some of them contain ‘bad’ morals that can teach children what is wrong. This essay is dedicated to this topic. Children are easily influenced by what they see and hear and thus what they watch. One Disney movie that shows bad morals and could make children believe the wrong things is ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. In this movie, Quasimodo (the...
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Nature has been of little interest to publishers of children's books. In fact, there haven't been a lot of featured stories about environmental issues to transmit values like ecology to the youngest. However children's literature is meant for future generations, it has incredible power to shape the world of tomorrow, particularly in regard to the environment. My interest in this particular theme has been put aside which is the reason why, through this essay, we are going to focus on...
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This movie is about a Chinese maidens country that is in danger and her frail father is chosen to serve in the army to fight, to save their country. So after she failed the test with the matchmaker and disappointed her family, she asks herself “Why is my reflection someone I don't know”. Knowing that her father won’t survive, she’s determined to disguise herself as her father's son and take his place to show her family that she can do...
2 Pages 800 Words
Grab a mate, purchase your popcorn, and sit back and enjoy The Lion King. Watch one of the best Disney classics, well-crafted with amazing acting, intense plots, and dramatic music. The Lion King is a clever, suspenseful movie with a gripping plot. The movie portrays the ‘circle of life’. Directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers present another movie, famous for holding the title of the highest-grossing cartoon animated film. This is a movie to watch, and a movie to remember....
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This may sound very archaic but: 'What is the use of man winning the world, if he loses his soul?' This phrase repeated endlessly, even on the big screen, can be applied to Disney standards and its new live-action remakes, increasingly referred to as dry remakes, as in the case of 'The Lion King' (The Lion King, 2019). The level of hyperrealism and visual perfection that director Jon Favreau's film reaches is from another world but along the way, the...
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‘Frozen’ is a movie like no other in the Disney industry because it has not one but two female protagonists. This story is about two sisters, Elsa, and Anna, who have this unconditional love and care for each other even when they were far away from each other. They show the power of sisterhood, contradict the belief that ‘true love’ comes from being in love with a prince, and show the importance of self-acceptance. Frozen offers the ethics of family...
2 Pages 994 Words
John Musker and Ron Clements partner up yet again to make another astonishing film. Disney's hit movie ‘Moana’ is a sensational film created to fascinate its viewers. Featuring lead actors Auli’i Cravalho as Moana, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Maui. Taking place in the large island and village of Motunui is very beautiful, as well as it is filled with life and love. This movie ages back to two thousand years ago and earned a 5 out of 5...
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My absolute favorite movie growing up was ‘The Lion King’. I had this movie engrained in my mind because I watched it often, every night my parents read it to me before bed and I listened to a cassette tape of it while I slept. The young lion cub Simba is tricked by his uncle Scar into thinking he murdered his family is exiled from the kingdom. In his adulthood he learns his identity and his right to the throne...
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Moana is on the verge of turning into the primary feminine chief within the proud history of her Austronesian tribe, shattering the cap below spectacular blue skies. Imagine that. Sure, you may go see “Moana” for its dazzling visuals, catchy tunes, pleasant performances, clever running gags, and overall sense of fun. It’s all there, and—except for some chilling moments—it’ll delight viewers of all ages. except for a number of United States of America older than us within the crowd, it’s...
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The film Shrek is based on a book titled ‘’Shrek’’ which was authored by William Steig. The book is designed for use by children and is about the giant green ogre. This tale is aimed mainly at the children and their parents. From the beginning, the movie is barely a fairy tale, with a lot of twists. The film also uses stereotypical features, characters, and structures. However, throughout the film, these features are challenged by intertextuality, twists in the stereotypical,...
2 Pages 967 Words
‘The Lion King’ is a 2019 American musical film and a remake of Walt Disney Production's classic animated film that had come with the same name in 1994. ‘The Lion King’ is a photorealistic computer-animated film that is directed and produced by Jon Favreau, while the writer of this film is Jeff Nathanson, and the distributor is Walt Disney Pictures. In this essay, I'll try to demonstrate where ‘The Lion King’ stands in the view of the critics and its...
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The Lion King is a popular children’s movie created by Disney in which a lion is the king. The story of The Lion King focuses on a young lion named Simba who grows up as the son of Mufasa who is the current king of an African savannah named The Pride Lands. This particular story follows the 14 steps of a hero’s journey, starting from the call to adventure and ending with the freedom to live. The first step of...
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Many novels and films often reflect challenges and longings found in the present world. These literary works reveal pieces of humanity that should either be changed or preserved. For me, one of the most well-known animated films by Disney/Pixar entitled ‘Coco’ is no exception. The story revolves around a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is fueled by his dreams to become a musician despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. During his musical pursuit, he is accidentally transported to the...
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This essay will explore the origins of both Anime and Animation, how the two differing styles and origins of artform have converged in recent years by looking at the history of Anime through the similarities and/or differences between Eastern and Western styles. Also to seek out the path of Anime’s increasing exposure in Western media due to the success and popularity of streaming, on-demand and new media, why this access to what was once considered a niche form of entertainment...
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“Look inside yourself! You are more than what you have become. Remember who you are!” - Moana Amid the cacophony of orders and opinions - “Stay on the island”; your dream “is just not meant to be”; “I’m not killing myself so you can prove you’re something you're not” - Moana overcomes fear and doubt, she stays true to herself and her ambitions. Listening to her inner calling she creates her path and destiny. Until Moana, Disney film princesses had...
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This essay will deconstruct the children’s film Aladdin (1992) produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and how animation and Disney films, in particular, can internalize false ideologies on children and young women. This essay will be structured about Laura Mulvey’s essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema and her theories on ‘The Ways of Looking,’ Mulvey’s essay concentrates on cinema as being patriarchal and phallic such that cinema “[interweaves erotic pleasure in the...
4 Pages 1780 Words
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