Fuse #8

Friday, July 21, 2006

Disney Debased

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."
"Look at that wretched sprite with the wand and the over-sized buttocks
which announces every Disney program on TV. She is a vulgar little thing,
who has been too long at the sugar bowls."
The ccbc-net debate got kinda crazy after that. Here's what one commentator stated:
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.


At 6:03 PM , Blogger Mary Lee said...

I see that you do not have Peter Catalanato on your Hot Men list, and he needs to be there. He has illustrated several of George Ella Lyon's picture books. I can't find any pictures of him to send your way. There used to be a link on the HornBook web extras to hear George Ella sing her song about mining a picture book, and there was a very small picture of the two of them outside a mine. Same picture in HornBook if you still have that issue. The link has disappeared, unfortunately.

At any rate, I nominate him.

At 11:25 PM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

"Mary Poppins" was the film that sparked my feminism. I didn't find out until years later that the character of Winifred Banks was supposed to make fun of women's suffrage. Hah!

"We're clearly soldiers in petticoats,
And dauntless crusaders for women's votes..."


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