The magic bullet perspective is only intensified through cultivated research which is another highly discussed issue in the film. Disney is a huge part of children’s lives and with the massive monopoly over children, many will be very deeply connected to these animated films and take many lessons away from what they see. Dr. Justin Lewis shows how widespread Disney is and explains that these stories will be the stories that form a child’s imaginary world. Disney has immense power all over the world and this shows how critical it is to understand the impact these stories are causing. Dr. Alvin Poussaint furthered these claims by explaining how children were raised on Disney for many generations and is becoming part of American culture in terms of identity. The film interviewed college students and showedg the influence Disney stories have had on them. First Marc Nowak recited an entire Disney song that he loved as a child, Meaghan Sinclair talked about all the fond memories she has, and Nicole Gagerges claimed that the first Disney film she ever saw was before she could talk. These examples show how often these films are presented to the youth of America and have impacted them for the rest of their live. Marc Nowak would have had to have seen “The Little Mermaid” countless times to be able to sing the entire scene from memory. Singing a Disney song may not be harmful but when connected to the other themes that play a crucial part of these animated films, one can easily see how detrimental it could be for children to be exposed to these motifs time and time again.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Online Assignment 3_Rykoskey
The “Mickey Mouse Monopoly” goes into great detail about the impact Disney films have on our youth. One of the major themes presented was the Magic Bullet Perspective. Dr. Gail Dines expresses concern about the role woman play in Disney films mainly because of the “highly sexualized female bodies” with common traits of a “tiny waste, big breasts and fluttering eyelashes.” These films she concludes are “constructing notions about what femininity is.” Dr. Diane Levin furthers this theme by showing how children fail to think about how the representations don’t look like people in real life. They don’t make comparisons and this shapes kid’s image about how they are going to look. Examples are shown through a scene from “Aladdin” where Jasmin becomes a seductress to distract the bad guy and through “Tarazan” where the girl needs to be rescued by a male. It shows how females are taught at a young age that they need to use their bodies in a fashion not always appropriate in real life in addition to the fact that females lack the ability to save their own lives. This translates to real life as shown in a clip from “The Mirror Project” where a young girl is acting out the seductress role presented in many of the Disney films she has likely indulged in many times.