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Disney Discourse

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Hirohito and his Mickey Mouse watch, Goofy and Donald as our "Goodwill Ambassadors:" Disney Discourse is an interdisciplinary examination of the founder and his empire. These essays use an interdisciplinary approach to read through Disney's domestic cultural production "innocent" national icons, as well as theme parks, cartoons and television to analyze the global impact of American popular culture, the politics of Disney, and the complex reception Disney productions have ...

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Overview

Hirohito and his Mickey Mouse watch, Goofy and Donald as our "Goodwill Ambassadors:" Disney Discourse is an interdisciplinary examination of the founder and his empire. These essays use an interdisciplinary approach to read through Disney's domestic cultural production "innocent" national icons, as well as theme parks, cartoons and television to analyze the global impact of American popular culture, the politics of Disney, and the complex reception Disney productions have received around the world.

The Disney corporation's ever-increasing visibility the opening of Euro Disney and new stores in malls and vast influence over global culture demands critical attention not only in film and television studies, but in international diplomacy, architecture, economics and other related fields. Disney Discourse consolidates the best of the current work on Disney and provides a representative sample of past analyses of the Disney empire.

Contributors: Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Lisa Cartwright, Brian Goldfarb, Richard deCordova, Douglas Gomery, David Kunzle, Jon Lewis, Moya Luckett, Richard Neupert, Susan Ohmer, José Piedra, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Alexander Wilson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415906166
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Smoodin is an Associate Professor of Literature at American University, Washington D. C. He is the author of Animating Culture: Hollywood Cartoons From the Sound Era.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: How to Read Walt Disney 1
1 Genius at Work: Walt Disney 23
2 Film Phenomena 42
3 Mickey Icarus, 1943: Fusing Ideas with the Art of the Animated Cartoon 44
4 The Magic Worlds of Walt Disney 48
5 Disney's Business History: A Reinterpretation 71
6 Disney After Disney: Family Business and the Business of Family 87
7 Painting a Plausible World: Disney's Color Prototypes 106
8 The Betrayal of the Future: Walt Disney's EPCOT Center 118
9 "Surprise Package": Looking Southward with Disney 131
10 Pato Donald's Gender Ducking 148
11 Cultural Contagion: On Disney's Health Education Films for Latin America 169
12 Images of Empire: Tokyo Disneyland and Japanese Cultural Imperialism 181
13 The Mickey in Macy's Window: Childhood, Consumerism, and Disney Animation 203
14 Fantasia: Cultural Constructions of Disney's "Masterpiece" 214
Notes 237
Index 257
List of Contributors 269
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