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Discuss and Analyse Disney's Representation of Women Using Snow White and Mulan As Your Key References.

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DISCUSS AND ANALYSE DISNEY'S REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN USING SNOW WHITE AND MULAN AS YOUR KEY REFERENCES As part of my media studies coursework, I was asked to analyse Disney's representation of women. I have browsed the Internet and referred to a few books to obtain all my information. I have also reviewed many Disney animated films, mainly SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS and MULAN. The Walt Disney Company started in 1923 in the rear of a small office occupied by Holly-Vermont realty in Los Angeles. That's where Walt Disney and his brother Roy produced a series of live-action animated films called the ALICE COMEDIES. Within 4 months, the big staff moved next door to larger facilities, where the sign on the window read "DISNEY BROS. STUDIO." During the next 14 years, many changes took place at the Disney studio: Mickey Mouse was 'born' in 1928 followed by PHOTO, GOOFY, DONALD DUCK and the rest of the Disney gang. In 1937, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS was an immediate success and proved the world- wide market for animated features. Walt Disney made millions of dollars out of this international blockbuster. During the 1940s and 1950s many prominent animated features were produced in Burbank such as FANTASIA, BAMBI, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and PETER PAN. ...read more.


Men still are dominant and in the end they get married to the heroine. (Shang marries Mulan). I am going to look into Snow White and Mulan in more detail SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) was Walt Disney's first ever animated feature. Walt Disney's choice of Snow White was more realistic than sentimental. He recognised it as a splendid tale for animation, containing all the necessary ingredients: an appealing heroine and hero, a villainess of classic proportions, the dwarfs for sympathy and comic relief, a folklore plot that touched the hearts of human beings everywhere. One day Snow White is sitting and dreaming about the day her prince will come. A man spies on Snow White and goes to meet her, but she shyly runs away even as he pleads her to stay. Elsewhere, the evil queen questions her magic mirror as to who is the fairest in the land. On this fateful day, the mirror answers that the queen's stepdaughter, Snow White, is the fairest. This disgusts the queen and she orders Humbert, her huntsman, to kill Snow White. As proof, the huntsman is to bring back Snow White's heart to the queen. The huntsman does indeed take Snow White out to the woods to kill her, but does not kill her. ...read more.


Because they are post-menopausal, they are not threatened as middle-aged heroines. Sarah Underwood says in her article 'Changing the Way We Feel About Women' that "it is the way women are treated that affects children and adults globally. Women are not only mistreated in the workplace, but on the silver screen as well." Susan Riley has written an article in the Canadian magazine 'Media Awareness' telling us that there are few animated women in the Disney 'mould'. She says, "Even though the latest Disney films have toned down the sexism somewhat, they continue to exhibit insulting stereotypes of unpopular minorities, most recently Arabs and gays." Frederica Mathewes-Green argues in her article 'The Women of Disney' that if a heroine has big eyes and hair she has to be Jasmine. If she has an attitude, she has to be Ariel. If she has a 'coupla extra pounds' she has to be Snow White and if she has mice she has to be Cinderella. If she has books she has to be Belle. Personally, I feel that gender roles have changed ever since SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS represents women in the early 1900s while Mulan represents women in the late 1900s. However, all heroines in Disney still have a bit in common. Many people have written articles and argued against the stereotypical roles played by Disney's heroines. ...read more.

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