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Short talk - Is Disney stereotipical?

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Short talk - Is Disney stereotipical? The Disney industry began in the 1930's with a simple drawing of a mouse which emerged slowly and to this day is a household name. It was started with the purest of intentions; to bring joy and happiness to children everywhere. But as the technology developed, so did the tastes of Disney's audience. They started to use stereotypical images of the main charactors in their stories. A tall, dark and handsome hero, an evil looking villain and of course the beautiful princess. In my talk, I will show you the true message displayed by Disney to young children by giving you the example of one of Disney's most famous and loved films; Alladin. In Disney's Aladdin, the movie opens with a scene that has a small sleazy man trying to sell goods that are too expensive and cheaply made. The same stereotype that Americans have for the car salesman of our country, they are always shown as slimy dirty dealing men. This just shows how much Disney incorporates American views on all their stories no matter where they are supposed to be. ...read more.


Jasmine is the stereotypical Disney princess. She is flawlessly beautiful and all men in the story ogle at her. When she is in the market place and Aladdin sees her for the first time he supposedly instantly falls in love with her. But he merely finds her attractive. Little girls look up to Jasmine, and they are being told if they aren't as attractive as Jasmine, men will never fall in love with them. Although she is shown as being a beautiful girl that everyone loves, she is a strong female character. She stands up for what she believes and won't give in to what she doesn't believe in. You can see that Disney is trying to make their damsels in distress less helpless, but it doesn't counteract all the other negative aspects. Another staple of any Disney movie is the clueless, helpless parent. If there is a parent around they are on most occasions shown as stupid, and silly. They don't have anything to do with the plot and a lot of the time is the reason for something getting messed up. ...read more.


But a child of four or five can not always understand that what they see on the television and real world aren't the same thing. Little girls want to be beautiful princesses, they want to be swept off on a white horse, or take a magic carpet ride. Little boys want to be the strong handsome prince that saves the day and gets the insanely beautiful princess. But they won't, because they are only fairy tales. Disney should start making movies that encourage girls to be happy with who they are, and show them becoming something great with their lives and not rushing into marriage with a handsome prince. They should show boys growing up and becoming something their parents can be proud of, and not just getting by on good looks and charm. I hope this gives you some insite on the real message that Disney gives to young children. Maybe next time we see a little kid sat in front of the television, glued to the screen in awe, watching the brave hero with the rippling biceps saving the day, and the beautiful princess fall into his arms, you will think twice, before it's too late. ...read more.

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