Diversity in Disney Films Critical Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Disability

ISBN-10: 0786446013
ISBN-13: 9780786446018
Edition: 2013
Authors: Johnson Cheu
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Description: Although its early films featured racial caricatures and exclusively Caucasian heroines, Disney has, in recent years, become more multicultural in its filmic fare and its image. From Aladdin and Pocohontas to the Asian American Russell boy in Up,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 1/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 315
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Although its early films featured racial caricatures and exclusively Caucasian heroines, Disney has, in recent years, become more multicultural in its filmic fare and its image. From Aladdin and Pocohontas to the Asian American Russell boy in Up, from the first African-American princess in the Princess and the Frog to "Spanish-mode" Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3, Disney films have come to both mirror and influence our increasingly diverse society. This essay collection gathers recent scholarship on representations of diversity in Disney and Disney/Pixar films, exploring not only race and gender, but also newer areas of study, particularly sexuality/queer studies, masculinity studies and disability studies. Covering a wide array of films, from Disney's early days and "Golden Age" to the Eisner era and current fare, this compendium highlights the social impact of the entertainment giant and reveals its cultural significance in shaping our global citizenry.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Re-casting and Diversifying Disney in the Age of Globalization
Beyond the Fairest: Essays on Race and Ethnicity
Cannibals and Coons: Blackness in the Early Days of Walt Disney
Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros: The Representation of Latin America in Disney's "Good Neighbor" Films
Mapping the Imaginary: The Neverland of Disney Indians
A "Vexing Implication": Siamese Cats and Orientalist Mischief-Making
White Man's Best Friend: Race and Privilege in Oliver and Company
Blackness, Bayous and Gumbo: Encoding and Decoding Race in a Colorblind World
Traditions and Transformations: Essays on Gender and Sexuality
Fighting the Cold War with Pinocchio, Bambi and Dumbo
"You the Man, Well, Sorta": Gender Binaries and Liminality in Mulan
"What Do You Want Me to Do? Dress in Drag and Do the Hula?": Timon and Pumbaa's Alternative Lifestyle Dilemma in The Lion King
Mean Ladies: Transgendered Villains in Disney Films
Of Beasts and Innocents: Essays on Disability
"You're a Surprise from Every Angle": Disability, Identity and Otherness in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Dopey's Legacy: Stereotypical Portrayals of Intellectual Disability in the Classic Animated Films
A Place at the Table: On Being Human in the Beauty and the Beast Tradition
Up and Out: Essays on Reimaginings and New Visions
Is Disney Avant-Garde? A Comparative Analysis of Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Jan Svankmajer's Alice (1989)
(Indivi)duality in Return to Oz: Reflection and Revision
Securing the Virtual Frontier for Whiteness in Tron
A Womb with a Phew! Post-Humanist Theory and Pixar's Wall-E
Home Is Where the Heart Is: Pixar's Up
Filmography
About the Contributors
Index

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