You cannot copy content from our website. If you need this sample, insert an email and we'll deliver it to you. One of the longest thriving gatherings in the world has been storytelling. Originally storytelling was just what it sounds like: telling a story. Sitting with a group of people in a community and telling a fable about anything from a tortoise winning a race to a common servant girl going to the ball.

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These stories were adapted by the different storytellers to accommodate the interests of their audiences and societies. Folk tales altered as the beliefs and behaviors of the members of a particular group changed Zipes Generally, these tales were passed down by minorities: women, the poor, and other second class members of society.

The plight of these. Ever since Snow White made her debut in , Disney has cornered the market on princesses. The roles of the female characters are especially drawing the interest of academic critics. Racism: discrimination which exemplifies stereotypical differences between the ethnic groups to which people belong.

While Disney animated films are the ideal family movies, it is undisclosed to many that such racism is being portrayed. Jack Zipes, a retired professor, has lectured on the subject of fairy tales and folklore for many years.

Zipes maintains that fairy tales are far from harmless and play a much larger role in society. Zipes and Mollet Summary Tracey Mollet is a modern history researcher.

Primarily she researched the Nazi regime in Germany, from to However while she was working on her MA she became more interested and captivated in the animation produced by the famous Disney Studios during World War II.

This particular subject has not been researched or studied on: which made her even more interested and. Disney is loved by millions of people around the world, but when it is exposed beyond the smiles and the music, Disney is far from being magical.

When Americans are asked to describe Disney into words, majority would often reply with energetic responses, such as magical, imaginative, creative, and inspirational.

Walt Disney developed. Jack Zipes, in his essay "Breaking the Disney Spell", directly addresses the issue of what happens when a story is taken from its original oral form and written down. Zipes discusses in depth what Walt Disney has done to fairy tales and the consequences of Disney's actions.

Zipes addresses many issues, including those of context, society, and alteration of plot. He accuses Walt Disney of attacking "the literary tradition of the fairy tale" While many scholars disagree with Zipes' accusations.

Disney's Medievalesque Sleeping Beauty "It was not once upon a time, but in a certain time in history, before anyone knew what was happening, Walt Disney cast a spell on the fairy tale.

He did not use a magic wand or demonic powers. On the contrary, Disney employed the most up-to-date technological means and used his own American "grit" and ingenuity to appropriate European fairy tales.

His technical skills and ideological proclivities were so consummate that his signature obfuscated the names. When we think of Disney princesses, we think of beauty and song. Disney has received major criticism because some feel as though the model for Disney princesses perpetuates a weak female image.

This to me has a double meaning which is, that Disney is so know that he literally has a spell on people or how even though the the man figure in the fairy tales never do much they are still very important. Zipes talks about how the oral folktale went from and oral to written, then to film. He describes the written tales as being a violation of the folk tale because it was based on separation of social classes.

The essay talks about how Disney first started and even how he was at a point of his life in bankruptcy. He says how Disney changed the written tales to fit his life and based then on himself and society. Show More. Read More. Popular Essays. Open Document.


Breaking The Disney Spell By Jack Zipes

Zipes contends that the magic of Disney lies in his ability to transfix audiences and divert their Utopian dream through false promises propagated through animated fairy tales. Storytellers initially shared fairy tales orally, which perpetuated a sense of community and created a telos , or a sense of mission. In order to be accepted into the cultivated literary circles of the French bourgeoisie of the late seventeenth century, fairy tales had to be transformed. Despite the literary fairy tales institutionalization, the oral tradition continued to feed writers with material and was now influenced by the literary tradition, such as in the case of the Bibliotheque Bleue, which contained numerous abbreviated and truncated versions of the literary tales. The literary tales were meant to be read in private; however, the book form enabled privatization and thus violated the communal aspects of the folk tale, much as the printing of the tales had already accomplished. The privatization of fairy tales furthered notions of elitism and separation.


Jack Zipes And His Connection To Walt Disney

Very good article. I'm currently writing a research paper on fairytales and came across your blog. I'm using Jack Zipes for some of my sources. Mind sharing? I'm very interested :. I haven't seen Puss in Boots, so I can't comment to that specifically. But I don't see any reason why Disney should be condemned for appropriating a fairy tale and making it his own.

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