Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]

Walt Disney and Me (Black and Disabled)

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By Cynthia Barram I have an incredible love-hate relationship with Mr. Disney. The first time my dad wheeled me and my chair into a theater we watched The Little Mermaid. The lyrics from Ariel’s “Part of Your World,” pierced me. She equated so much of being human and happy with walking. But before Ariel, no one had articulated … [Read more...]

Tangled: Going Beyond the Disney Princess Mold

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**SPOILER ALERT: Key plot details revealed** By Valerie Martin The new hit Tangled – Disney’s 50th animated motion picture – is in many ways what you would expect from a Disney princess movie: the beautiful, thin, white, green-eyed, blonde-haired heroine waits for her life to begin (AKA waits for her prince or other … [Read more...]

Finally! The Truth About “Happily Ever After” Revealed

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Fairy Tale Heroines Return To Dark Roots In Modern Setting By Intern Katy, Jezebel.com After observing her daughter's recent interest in Disney's Fairy tales, artist Dina Goldstein was inspired to create the "Fallen Princess" series, which shows the famed Princesses in dark modern-day dramas. Goldstein's work depicts several … [Read more...]

The Old and Tired

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I love this letter from an LA Times reader about the representation of older folks in the media in general, and specifically in Disney's latest film UP. Just like jokes about fat people, those who are older always seem to be the target of bad writers who have have to rely on stereotypes to get easy laughs. So uninspired and tired! … [Read more...]

Disney’s First Black Princess Makes Us Wonder

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  Disney has announced that its first Black princess is slated to appear in 2009's "The Frog Princess." The film is a much anticipated return to the traditional hand-drawn animation process. … [Read more...]

Pixie Dust: The Opium of Young Masses

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Disney, Casino Capitalism and the Exploitation of Young Boys: Beyond the Politics of Innocence Great article from Truthout.org on Disney's role in creating consumers out of our kids. Here's a taste... Since children's identities have to be actively directed toward the role of consumers, knowledge, information, entertainment … [Read more...]