The Mouse that Roared, Updated and Expanded Edition: Disney and the End of Innocence

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This Expanded and Revised Edition of Henry A. Giroux's highly acclaimed book explores and updates the cultural politics of the Walt Disney Company and how its ever-expanding list of products, services, and media function as teaching machines that shape children's culture into a largely commercial endeavor. In addition to updates throughout the book, this edition includes a new discussion of Disney's shift in marketing strategies targeting teens and tweens, a new chapter about globalization and Disney's shift in ...

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Overview

This Expanded and Revised Edition of Henry A. Giroux's highly acclaimed book explores and updates the cultural politics of the Walt Disney Company and how its ever-expanding list of products, services, and media function as teaching machines that shape children's culture into a largely commercial endeavor. In addition to updates throughout the book, this edition includes a new discussion of Disney's shift in marketing strategies targeting teens and tweens, a new chapter about globalization and Disney's shift in marketing strategies targeting teens and tweens, a new chapter about globalization and Disney's empire, and a new chapter on Disney and national security after 9/11.

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Editorial Reviews

Douglas Kellner
Henry A. Giroux and Grace Pollock's revised and expanded edition of The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence presents tools, key concepts and analyses, and the context to provide a critical pedagogy of all things Disney. The author's dissection of the Disney Empire shows that it is not only selling entertainment and related products but a way of life and value system that the authors critically unpack. This is a valuable resource for all parents, teachers, and those interested in cultural studies of contemporary culture.
Donaldo Macedo
The Mouse That Roared: Disney And The End of Innocence by Henry A. Giroux and Grace Pollock sets a new standard for the study of Disney and popular culture. It offers new lens to understand the merger between corporate power and corporate culture while unveiling the insidious educational force of pre-packaged culture. This brilliant book should be read by every parent, educator, and youth.
Nick Couldry
Disney productions carry important cultural authority but until now we have lacked sure-footed guides to unpack the consequences when Disney products get embedded in everyday play, learning, and growing up. Now Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock in their revised and expanded edition of Giroux's pioneering study give us the tools with which to talk back to Disney's world. These tools are especially welcome because other ways of talking back to consumer culture have been relentlessly closed down by neoliberals. This book offers a crucial intervention in cultural politics for any place where Disney products sell.
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Giroux is an author of many books and articles on education, politics, and corporate influence. This highly critical examination of the Disney corporation explores the scope of influence that Disney has over the developing minds (and bodies) of children as it uses the facade of innocence and nostalgia marketing to promote consumerism over values such as reading and creative play, which are known to stimulate intelligence and social interaction better than the passive viewing of television and movies. Giroux asks us to reevaluate the seemingly innocuous animated Disney productions and theme parks, which focus on a safe, sanitized, middle-class white depiction of the American ideal, while promoting racial and sexual stereotypes in films such as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. He points out the hypocrisy (or is it irony?) of the feature WALL-E, which depicts Earth as a desolate wasteland despoiled by rampant consumerism and an overreaching mega-corporation, while at the same time promoting WALL-E robots, action figures, playsets, apparel, stationery, and other “collectibles” in the real world. This updated and expanded edition (with the help of coauthor Pollock) includes a discussion on Disney’s focus on marketing toward the lucrative “tween” segment, as well as two new chapters, “Globalizing the Disney Empire” and “Disney, Militarization, and the National Security State after 9/11.” Well researched and well written, despite the academic jargon.
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Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock survey this theme with abundant brilliance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442201439
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Edition description: Updated and Expanded Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 649,834
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Disney's Troubled Utopia 1

1 Disney and the Politics of Public Culture 17

2 Learning with Disney: From Baby Einstein to High School Musical 57

3 Children's Culture and Disney's Animated Films 91

4 Disney, Militarization, and the National-Security State after 9/11 133

5 Globalizing the Disney Empire 157

Conclusion: Turning the World into a Disney Store 205

Notes 221

Index 271

About the Authors 285

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