Criticizing Disney: Final Draft

Criticizing Disney

“It is my wish to delight all members of the family, young and old, parent and child”.  Walt Disney created an extraordinary place where the young and young at heart can truly believe in the power of wishes and magic. Over the years, Disney has been attacked with claims of brain washing, racism, and other slander that could only have been thought up by people who have a negative outlook on the life in general. Why would someone who dedicated his lifetime to making the world a more magical and carefree place purposely incorporate negative attributes to his work; the answer, he simply would not.  Through my research, I intend to prove that the critical outlooks the Disney Corporation has endured are utterly preposterous, entitling Disney to be known only for their well rounded and culturally stable impact on the world.

I have adored Disney ever since I can remember; the thought that one mans dreams could create such a magical place really inspires me. This brings me to my first topic, in which I recognize the impact that the entire Disney Corporation has had on the world, asking why some people view it in a negative connotation.  Disney is a multi-billion dollar company that has eleven major destinations world wide, not to mention the two, soon to be three, Disney cruise ships sailing three of our seven seas.  Disney’s theme parks are known for being diverse through not only attractions, but also events; there is always something for every type of personality.  For example, Disney is home to one of the worlds largest Gay/Lesbian festivals every year. “Although neither Walt Disney World nor any of the parks or tourism organizations in greater Orlando actually produce this event, they do sanction and support this week-long series of social gatherings at the area’s various theme parks and hotels as well as both circuit-style parties and concerts along with more laid-back revelry at countless venues throughout the region”(Collins).  Because Disney tolerates this event, they have been criticized for being anti-Christian and anti-family. Shouldn’t the world want a company as influential as Disney to be seen as a friendly face towards all?  If Disney were not to comply with the needs of gays and lesbians, would they not be criticized for it?

When switching on the home television, one is very likely to see something that is affiliated with the Disney Corporation. Not only does Disney own the Disney Channel, it also owns popular stations like ABC News, ESPN Sports, and ABC Family. The Disney Channel is one of the most watched children’s networks in the world, with shows being recorded in a wide variety of languages.  With their vast amounts of Television shows, classic movies, radio stations, and of course, toys and other products, it is no surprise that the Disney has become a household name.  Some families decided against letting their children watch the Disney Channel. In reality, this is completely understandable; everyone has the right to his or her own opinion.  But when the same families that shun Disney allow their children to watch shows like Fox’s Family Guy, one should begin to question what made the parents decided against Disney in the first place.  One assumption would be that the parents’ listen to everything they have heard over the years about the brainwashing affects Disney is said to have on children. Obviously, this is only true to the same extent that any other program a child watches on a daily basis.  Disney is only seen as brainwashing because of how popular it is. This just proves that Disney has been built on extraordinary marketing skills, does it not? Disney is seen as having a mesmerizing affect on children solely because children tend to see a product or show having to deal with it, only proving that Disney has a great marketing department; kudos to them!

Disney has also been said to have a racist and sexist outlook on the world, focusing only on the stereotypical aspects of people. What about Pocahontas or Mulan (neither one of them being of Caucasian decent)? Critics tend to focus on what Ariel and Jasmine are wearing instead of what they actually accomplish throughout the movie’s journey. Pocahontas, Mulan, Ariel, and Jasmine are portrayed as women that are empowered and intelligent, focusing on how they can honor their family or have two very different communities come together as one.  These characters take everything that was given to them and use it in a positive way.     If that isn’t a role model for young girls, what is? The anorexic bimbos we see in the magazines today?  There is a song in the 1998 film, Mulan called “Be a Man” in which a head general in the Chinese army is trying to whip his soldiers into shape before the Hun’s arrive. What people see as being degrading to women is really an inspirational song that has an over all meaning that anyone can do anything they set their mind to.  This is proven when the girl Mulan, posing as her fathers son in the Chinese army, is the only one to complete the task of climbing up a thick wooden pole and retrieving the arrow at the top; this should give females a sense of empowerment.

Another hot topic is racism throughout Disney movies. People have come to notice that certain types of characters always seem to portray the same stereotypical version of a specific culture or race; whose fault is that? Certainly not Disney’s. How could we pin everyone’s stereotypical views on one company? It is not Disney who came up with these stereotypes; they are just using them to their advantage. For example, Disney chooses to have a deeper, husky voice on a large Black Bear named Balou because that is the kind of voice people are expecting to hear.  In the 1970’s classis, The AristoCats, the “ally cats” are more in tune with blues and jazz music, while the cats that were raised in a “proper” English home were learning their “scales and arpeggios”. Another example is how in general, the “evil” creature in the movie is seen as to have dark attributes like darker eyes, darker fur, or darker clothes. Of course this is how Disney will portray evil, because ever since we were able to see, we have been taught that lighter colors portray good, while darker colors portray evil. If that bothers you, you might as well live in a whole, because that is the only place where things like that wont get to you. Some people find this to be negatively stereotyping different groups of people, when in reality, that is the way the world works. Walt Disney found a way to take the harsh realities of the world and put them into something children could understand; only he could take the bad and turn it into something magical.

Another topic Disney critics like to focus on is the sexual aspects in some Disney movies. This completely blows my mind for one reason and one reason alone; they are made up! People seem to try and find the worst in everything, why? One astonishing accusation is that the palace towers in Aladdin are shaped as a penis.  Why on earth would Disney purposely form a palace tower to look resemble this? It is these types of accusations that show us all how sad some people’s lives really are. Everyone is entitled to have their own perspective on things, but try to keep the ridiculous ones to yourself.

Over the years, people across the globe have over thought ideas as simplistic as wishes and dreams, and tried to turn them into something they most certainly are not.  People of today seem to go nuts if they do not have something to criticize, and Disney, being a very successful house hold name, unfortunately happens to fall right into their laps. With all the violent and sexual video games or Television shows, it is amazing to see how much people will pull apart what was only meant to be good natured and enjoyed by the young, and young at heart.  All the accusations that have been thrown at Disney really have no factual evidence behind them. They are all mentioned because “one person thinks this way about that movie” and that “this movie had that encrypted into the clouds”. Are children really looking this closely at movies that are meant for pure enjoyment?  People will always find things to criticize; maybe they should choose something that actually has facts behind it.

Works Cited

“CNN – Southern Baptists Vote for Disney Boycott – June 18, 1997.” – Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. 18 June 1997. Web. 5 May 2010. <;.

Collins, Andrew. “Disney Gay Days 2010 – Disney World Gay Week 2010 – Orlando Gay Days 2010 – Gay Orlando – Gay Walt Gay Disney Events – Gay Days Hotels Tickets 2010.” Gay Travel Guide – Gay Travel Vacations. Web. 5 May 2010. <;.

Marling, Karal Ann. “Forty Years of Overstatement:Criticism and the Disney Theme Parks.” Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: the Architecture of Reassurance. Montre%u0301al: Centre Canadien D’architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1997. 201-07. Print.

“Taylor Rogers.” Personal interview. 5 May 2010.

“The Walt Disney Company.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 5 May 2010. <;.

“Disneyland: Its Place in World Culture.” Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: the Architecture of Reassurance. Ed. Karal Ann. Marling. Montre%u0301al: Centre Canadien D’architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1997. 191-200. Print.


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Project Proposal

I have been inspired by the dreams of one man for as long as I can remember. He never stopped believing in the power of his imagination, thus creating the multi-billion dollar corporation that stands in his name today. Walt Disney created an extraordinary place where the young and young at heart could see and truly believe in the power of wishes, dreams and pixie dust, of course. For some bizarre reason, many people have decided to take the magic Walt created and turn it into something negative. What these people must not realize is that the movies and cartoons Walt created were made for the young and old, parent and child alike, but were not created with the thought that every little aspect would be picked apart. Through the research I conduct, I plan to find out why the Disney Corporation seems to so often be criticized for the most random of topics.

When first hearing about the research project, I knew I wanted to do something that related to Disney. From there, it was obvious to me that I had to narrow my topic. I had recently realized that there are many documentaries about the “negative” affects Disney has on youth. This caught my attention because I have a completely opposite view on the topic. So, I decided to narrow my topic to how critics view the Disney Corporation, making the issue of my paper, Disney vs. Critics. After narrowing my thoughts even further, I have decided on the following research question: Why is Disney Criticized?

With this paper and my research, I will be sure to show both sides of the argument. Obviously, I am bias in favor of the Disney Corporation, thus, the intended audience of my paper are the people who feel that Disney is wrongly criticized. On the other hand, people who are in favor of the criticisms may be drawn to my research from pure interest, to see what the other side is saying.

Marling, Karal Ann. “Forty Years of Overstatement:Criticism and the Disney Theme Parks.”Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: the Architecture of Reassurance. Montre%u0301al: Centre Canadien D’architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1997. 201-09. Print.

Forty Years of Overstatement: Criticism and the Disney Theme Parks, a chapter in the book “Creating Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance”, suggests that there are two sides of the Disney vs. Critics argument. The many contributers state both sides of the argument, comparing the thoughts of many against what is known to the public. This chapter is important because it presents both sides of the argument in a way that shows no bias assumptions in order to attract many different views. This chapter should attract any audience that is interested in the Disney Corporation.

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Research Question

Why is Disney always the first to be criticized?

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“Interrupted Reading” Analysis

All three of my sources mention Corot’s painting style in a similar way, leading me to see their ideas in my own analysis of Corot’s painting, Interrupted Reading. One of my sources mentions Corot’s “delicate handling of light [being] especially evident in… Interrupted Reading“. Noting this, while looking at the painting, I noticed his exquisite lighting details on the right arm and center of the dress. Both of these items are towards the middle of the painting, creating a good point for the eye to focus on.

Another topic mentioned by all three of the articles was Corot’s traveling tendencies. Around the age of twenty-five, Corot made his first trip to Italy. Throughout his lifetime, he continued to travel all around Europe. Many people believe his love for traveling the countryside is what made him enjoy  painting “soft and calm” landscapes. With the mention of “soft and calm”, although Interrupted Reading is not of a landscape, I do notice his light brush strokes. For example, a different painting, Girl with the Green Face, has very “hard” or intense brush strokes with heavy edges and sharp points. This particular painting also uses bright and bold colors, adding to the paintings intense edginess. Contrary to Girl with the Green Face, Interrupted Reading uses more gentle stokes and has no sharp edges. Instead of having distinct separation between objects, Corot’s brush stokes seem to melt the arm into the table and the book into the hand, thus adding to the “soft and calm” aspect of his artwork.

These few examples accentuate Corot’s profound effects on the world of modern art, helping us to see why he is known as an influential artist of the 19th century.

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Rhetorical Precis

1. Leymarie, J., and Y. Taillandier. “Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot —” Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary, Thesaurus. Free Online Reference, Research & Homework Help. — Web. 05 Apr. 2010. <;.

This Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia article declares that Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot’s most famous artwork has a “calm” and “solid” feel with great delicacy in the use of lighting. The article seems to quickly explain Corot’s busy life of traveling and describes how this lifestyle affected his works. This selection outlines Corot’s life in order to give greater depth and meaning to his masterpieces. This Encyclopedia article is aimed towards people who are interested in the background of Jean-Baptiste Cmille Corot’s life.

2. “Corot Biography.” Dropbears Web Designers Australia. Web. 05 Apr. 2010. <;.

This article suggests that Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was “the first of the great modern landscapist”. The article gives the reader an idea of how and why Corot became a painter. This selection talks about Corot’s attraction to nature in order to help the reader better understand his multitudes of landscape paintings. This article should attract readers that have a passion not just for Corot’s paintings, but for any type of landscape artwork.

3. “Corot Biography.” Dropbears Web Designers Australia. Web. 05 Apr. 2010. <;.

This article suggests that Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot perfected “his skill of lending his pictures an unusual clarity and transparency”  throughout his life. The article compares Corot’s earlier works that held more academic detail to his later works that focused more on a stronger sense of atmosphere. This article presents, in brief, details on Corot’s paintings in order to give the reader a small snapshot of his life. This article should draw the attention of anyone who is interested in the works of a true Impressionist.

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Girl with the green face

My primary source is an abstract picture that focuses on a girl that has a very distinct, green face. After typing in “girl with a green face” to Google Images, I find that the name of this colorful painting is in fact, Girl with the Green Face. My secondary source reveals that the painting was produced by a Russian painter named Alexei von Jawlensky in Europe, 1910. It was painted with the technique of “oil on composition board” and is 20 15/16 x 19 9/16 inches and was given to the Art Institute of Chicago as a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Ludgin, in memory of John V. McCarthy. Moving on to my tertiary source, I find that the painter, Alexei von Jawlensky was born in 1864 and died in 1941. He was “Russian by birth, a member of the military by profession, and a painter by vocation… [becoming] one of the 20th century’s leading German Expressionists”.

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