Racism in Disney Movies

The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence (Culture and Education Series) + The Mouse that Roared Student Edition: Disney and the End of Innocence [Kindle Edition]; Henri A. Giroux (Author) Giroux tackles Disney’s theme parks, its recent forays into education and its movies in an attempt to expose how Uncle Walt’s legacy is eroding democracy and endangering our nation’s youth.

He disparages Disneyland and Disney World for whitewashing history and casting America’s past in a nostalgic light, excluding any mention of slavery, civil unrest, racial tension or war. 2. Deconstructing Disney; Eleanor Byrne Are you an author? Learn about Author Central (Author), Martin McQuillan (Author) Eleanor Byrne and Martin McQuillan offer a critical encounter with Disney which alternates between readings of individual texts and wider thematic concerns such as race, gender and sexuality, the broader context of American contemporary culture, and the global ambitions and insularity of the last great superpower. . From Mouse to Mermaid: The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture; Elizabeth Bell (Editor), Lynda Haas (Editor), Laura Sells (Edittor) The contributors treat a range of topics at issue in contemporary cultural studies: the performance of gender, race, and class; the engendered images of science, nature, technology, family, and business. The compilation of voices in From Mouse to Mermaid creates a persuasive cultural critique of Disney’s ideology. . Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment Douglas Brode (Author) “Brode emerges [as] a worthy proponent of Disney’s democratic vision, wielding a powerful argument for Disney as a forerunner of multicultural values in America. The significance of his work cannot be overstated. ” 5. Mouse Morality: The Rhetoric of Disney Animated Film Annalee R. Ward (Author)

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Annalee uncovers the many mixed messages they purvey: for example, females can be leaders–but male leadership ought to be the norm; stereotyping is wrong–but black means evil; historical truth is valued–but only tell what one can sell, etc. Adding these messages together, Ward raises important questions about the moral ambiguity of Disney’s overall worldview and demonstrates the need for parents to be discerning in letting their children learn moral values and life lessons from Disney films.

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