By Andreea Coca
Animated films are considered an important socializing agent for young children who apply the messages to their understanding of and interactions with the people and the world around them. Disney feature-length animated films are no exception; their dominant position in the children entertainment industry has ensured them as a powerful source of learning about societal constructions and of shaping adult identities, expectations and values across various generations (Towbin et al. 2004). Drawing in audiences of all ages, Disney animation is considered universal, wholesome and magical, promoting innocent fantasies. Until recently this view has gone uncontested; however, increasingly, it gave way to certain ‘disenchantment’ with Disney, experienced by audiences as well as emphasized by research.
This article by Andreea Coca was originally published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 3 Issue 1 (2009). Click here for the complete article.
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