Author, photographer, filmmaker, riverboat gambler, typer of biographies, J. Richard Singleton has established himself as one of the great thinkers of his but none other's time. He was a dual major in college, political science and English, where he wrote for his college newspaper. In high school, he wrote a little screenplay (okay, it's 134 pages), "Thugs," which was recently declared a finalist in both the WriteMovies.com screenwriting contest and the American Accolades screenwriting contest. When he isn't writing screenplays, novels and essays, he enjoys drinking whiskey and shooting at stray dogs that come onto his property.
Walt Disney and the Facsimile of Realityby J. Richard Singleton
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An essay detailing the benefits and drawbacks of Walt Disney's affect on animation, and childrens' fiction and cinema. The author outlines how Disney the man and the corporation revolutionalized childrens' entertainment and animation, with the unexpected drawback of wounding traditional folk tales and mass-marketing childhood to create a shared experience as consumers.
In many respects, the purpose of such traditional folktales--to prepare children for impending adulthood and responsibilities--gets degraded and turned on its head, as the original stories become commercialized and are sold to children as generic feel-good morality tales with the broadest appeal possible.
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Walt Disney truly bridged the gap between art and commerce, for better and worse. What's amazing is how much childhood has changed over the years. JRS does an interesting job that's fair and balanced, offering Disney's credits while also mentioning his faults.