Diversity in Disney films : critical essays on race, by Johnson Cheu

By Johnson Cheu

"Although its early motion pictures featured racial caricatures and completely Caucasian heroines, Disney has, lately, turn into extra multicultural in its filmic fare and its photo. From Aladdin and Pocahontas to the Asian American boy Russell in Up, from the 1st African American princess within the Princess and the Frog to "Spanish-mode" Buzz Lightyear in Toy tale three, Disney movies have come to either replicate and influence Read more...

summary: "Although its early movies featured racial caricatures and completely Caucasian heroines, Disney has, lately, develop into extra multicultural in its filmic fare and its photograph. From Aladdin and Pocahontas to the Asian American boy Russell in Up, from the 1st African American princess within the Princess and the Frog to "Spanish-mode" Buzz Lightyear in Toy tale three, Disney movies have come to either reflect and impression our more and more assorted society. This essay assortment gathers contemporary scholarship on representations of range in Disney and Disney/Pixar motion pictures, not just exploring race and gender, but additionally drawing on views from more moderen parts of analysis, quite sexuality/queer reviews, serious whiteness experiences, masculinity experiences and incapacity experiences. protecting a wide range of flicks, from Disney's early days and "Golden Age" to the Eisner period and present fare, those essays spotlight the social influence and cultural value of the leisure giant."--Provided by means of writer

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7 It was the racialization of humanity that served as the foundation for many theories related to the validity of inherent inhumanness of black people, thereby grounding the argument for enslavement, segregation, oppression and genocide. Almost 200 years after da Lampugnano’s work was published, the United States joined Europe in the slave trade, as well as their propagandistic pursuit to justify their endeavor. Even Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), third president of the United States, formally comments on the differences between the races in his book Notes on the State of Virginia, first published in 1781.

As the essays in Section III reflect, it asks us to re-conceptualize disability beyond medical impairment or bodily materiality to a more socially and culturally constructed definition of Disability Identity, examining, among other things, mainstream representations of disability. As such, a trope disability studies critiques is the idea of disability as punishment for evilness from Oedipus to Richard III and more current representations. Martin F. Norden’s essay, “‘You’re a Surprise from Every Angle’: Disability, Identity and Otherness in The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” looks at Quasimodo from a disability studies perspective, examining the Disney company’s motives and its creation of the character and its impact on both a disabled and nondisabled audience.

Even Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), third president of the United States, formally comments on the differences between the races in his book Notes on the State of Virginia, first published in 1781. In this text Jefferson uses physical differences between blacks and whites to justify the continued enslavement of Africans: The first difference which strikes us is that of colour. Whether the black of the negro resides in the reticular membrane between the skin and scarf-skin, or in the scarf-skin itself; whether it proceeds from the colour of the blood, the colour of the bile, or from that of some other secretion, the difference is fixed in nature, and is as real as if its seat and cause were better known to us.

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