From Mouse to Mermaid

The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture

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Author: Elizabeth Bell,Lynda Haas,Laura Sells

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253209788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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From Mouse to Mermaid, an interdisciplinary collection of original essays, is the first comprehensive, critical treatment of Disney cinema. Addressing children's classics as well as the Disney affiliates' more recent attempts to capture adult audiences, the contributors respond to the Disney film legacy from feminist, marxist, poststructuralist, and cultural studies perspectives. The volume contemplates Disney's duality as an American icon and as an industry of cultural production, created in and through fifty years of filmmaking. 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. The contributors are Bryan Attebery, Elizabeth Bell, Claudia Card, Chris Cuomo, Ramona Fernandez, Henry A. Giroux, Robert Haas, Lynda Haas, Susan Jeffords, N. Soyini Madison, Susan Miller, Patrick Murphy, David Payne, Greg Rode, Laura Sells, and Jack Zipes.

The Mouse that Roared

Disney and the End of Innocence

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Author: Henry A. Giroux

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847691104

Category: Education

Page: 186

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Henry Giroux shows how Disney atempts to hide befind a cloak of innocence and entertainment, while simultaneously exercising its influence as a major force on both global economics and cultural learning.

Pixar's Boy Stories

Masculinity in a Postmodern Age

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Author: Shannon R. Wooden,Ken Gillam

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442233591

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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This volume examines films produced by Pixar Animation Studios between 1995 and 2013, exploring how boys become men and how men measure up in films from Toy Story to Monsters University. Offering counterintuitive readings of such works, this book describes how the films quietly but forcefully reiterate traditional masculine norms, in terms of what they praise and what they condemn.

Reading the Rabbit

Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation

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Author: Kevin S. Sandler

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813525389

Category: Art

Page: 271

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The Magic Bed-knob

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Author: Mary Norton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780460881807

Category:

Page: 96

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A powerful and intellectually stimulating teenage love story.

Good Girls & Wicked Witches

Women in Disney's Feature Animation

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Author: Amy M. Davis

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0861969014

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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An in-depth view of the way popular female stereotypes were reflected in—and were shaped by—the portrayal of women in Disney’s animated features. In Good Girls and Wicked Witches, Amy M. Davis re-examines the notion that Disney heroines are rewarded for passivity. Davis proceeds from the assumption that, in their representations of femininity, Disney films both reflected and helped shape the attitudes of the wider society, both at the time of their first release and subsequently. Analyzing the construction of (mainly human) female characters in the animated films of the Walt Disney Studio between 1937 and 2001, she attempts to establish the extent to which these characterizations were shaped by wider popular stereotypes. Davis argues that it is within the most constructed of all moving images of the female form—the heroine of the animated film—that the most telling aspects of Woman as the subject of Hollywood iconography and cultural ideas of American womanhood are to be found. “A fascinating compilation of essays in which [Davis] examined the way Disney has treated female characters throughout its history.” —PopMatters

New American Teenagers

The Lost Generation of Youth in 1970s Film

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Author: Barbara Jane Brickman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441176772

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Taking a closer look at teen film in the 1970s, New American Teenagers uncovers previously marginalized voices that rework the classically male, heterosexual American teenage story. While their parents' era defined the American teenager with the romantic male figure of James Dean, this generation of adolescents offers a dramatically altered picture of transformed gender dynamics, fluid and queered sexuality, and a chilling disregard for the authority of parent, or more specifically, patriarchal culture. Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween, and Badlands offer a reprieve from the 'straight' developmental narrative, including in the canon of study the changing definition of the American teenager. Barbara Brickman is the first to challenge the neglect of this decade in discussions of teen film by establishing the subversive potential and critical revision possible in the narratives of these new teenage voices, particularly in regards to changing notions of gender and sexuality.

Shakespeare and Appropriation

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Author: Christy Desmet,Robert Sawyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134622619

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate, contradict, compete with, and reproduce Shakespeare keep him in the cultural conversation. The essays: * analyze the methods and motives of Shakespearean appropriation * investigate theoretically the return of the repressed author in discussions of Shakespeare's cultural function * put into dialogue theoretical and literary responses to Shakespeare's cultural authority * analyze works ranging from nineteenth century to the present, and genres ranging from poetry and the novel to Disney movies.

Re-Imagining Animation: The Changing Face of the Moving Image

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Author: Paul Wells,Johnny Hardstaff

Publisher: AVA Publishing

ISBN: 2940373698

Category: Computers

Page: 191

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What’s new in animation? Find out! * Works from artists, animators, film-makers, scholars, archivists * Ideal for serious students of film making and animation In this detailed look at animation today, a series of intriguing case studies are explored from production to final outcome. Each one is considered in terms of meaning, purpose, and effect, then put into context as part of today’s animation culture. Hundreds of illustrations make it easy to follow experimental work from script to screen, exploring the intersections between animation, film, graphic design, and art. With insights from leading U.K. authors on animation, as well as Oscar-winning animators, artists, film makers, scholars, and archivists, Re-Imagining Animation offers the definitive look at animation today.

The Disney Middle Ages

A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past

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Author: T. Pugh,S. Aronstein

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113706692X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 298

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For many, the middle ages depicted in Walt Disney movies have come to figure as the middle ages, forming the earliest visions of the medieval past for much of the contemporary Western (and increasingly Eastern) imagination. The essayists of The Disney Middle Ages explore Disney's mediation and re-creation of a fairy-tale and fantasy past, not to lament its exploitation of the middle ages for corporate ends, but to examine how and why these medieval visions prove so readily adaptable to themed entertainments many centuries after their creation. What results is a scrupulous and comprehensive examination of the intersection between the products of the Disney Corporation and popular culture's fascination with the middle ages.