A red hot Disney debate flowered full-blown at the ccbc-net listserv recently. As part of the dicussion an old Horn Book article from 1965 was dusted off and examined for sufficient vitriol. Here are some of the more choice selections from the article:
"The acerbity of Mary Poppins, unpredictable, full of wonder and mystery, becomes with Mr. Disney's treatment, one great marshmallow-covered cream puff. He made a young tough of Peter Pan and transformed Pinocchio into a slapstick sadistic revel."or
"Look at that wretched sprite with the wand and the over-sized buttocksThe ccbc-net debate got kinda crazy after that. Here's what one commentator stated:
which announces every Disney program on TV. She is a vulgar little thing,
who has been too long at the sugar bowls."
The vulgarity, vapidity, and just plain stupidity of popular culture can largely be attributed to him.Uh-huh. Sure. This is just half a step away from saying something along the lines of "Disney killed my parents". I'm not entirely defending the guy (I keep flashing back to a wonderful Saturday Night Live skit about all the horrible things he actually did) but let's just stop the silliness, people. It gives me a headache.
And just for kicks, here's more scholarly fun in Bambi and the Hunting Ethos.