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great “magic” of the Disney spell is that he animated the fairy tale only to transfix audiences JACK ZIPES. Breaking the Disney Spellt. It was not once upon a. According to Jack Zipes in his article, “Breaking the Disney Spell,” in From Mouse to Mermaid: “[Walt] Disney employed the most up-to-date. Zipes argues that through his use of innovative technologies, ingenuity, and his own “American” grit, Walt Disney appropriated European fairy.

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By reading Disney’s Snow White by the light of overt didacticism of his sources, he no longer appears the moral reactionary disdained by contemporary critics. Most important in the late nineteenth century was the rise of folklore as an institution and of various schools of literary criticism that dealt with fairy tales and folk tales.

Every message we read, every picture we view, every song that we hear—they all carry with them the potential to change our perceptions about life and to redefine our understanding of reality through the rhetoric of the author. The diversion of the Disney fairy tale is geared toward nonreflective viewing.

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The revolution takes place as the king is zpes and will be replaced by a commoner who knows how to use the latest inventions. By simplifying this complex semiotically in black and white drawings and making fun of it so that it had a common appeal, Disney also touched on other themes: The animators sought to zipds audiences with their abilities to use pictures in such a way that they would forget the earlier fairy tales and remember the images that they, the new artists, were creating for them.

But what does the Disney spell mean? The man’s spell over the fairy tale seems to live on even after his death.

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. There is no character development because the characters are stereotypes, arranged according to a credo of domestication of the imagination.


The thematic emphasis on cleanliness, control, and organized industry reinforces the technics of the film itself: The Animated FilmDonald Crafton remarks that “the early animated film was the location of a process found elsewhere in cinema but nowhere else in such intense concentration: By literature began to be superseded by the mechanical means of reproduction that, Walter Benjamin declared, were revolutionary: Email required Address never made public.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Her father remains alive, and breajing is never forced to do the work of commoners such as wash the steps of the castle. The manner in which dizney copied the musical plays and films of his time, and his close adaptation of fairy tales with patriarchal codes indicate that all the technical experiments would not be used to foster social change in America, but to keep power in the hands of individuals like himself, who felt empowered to design and create new worlds.

Perhaps, as Zipes implies, this spell will be broken eventually by a new breed of animators. The reason that the Italians did not “institutionalize” the genre is due to the fact that the literary culture in Italy was not prepared to introduced the tales as part of the civilizing process, nor were there groups of writers who made the fairy-tale genre part of their discourse.

Foundational Essay: Zipes’ “Breaking the Disney Spell”

Help Center Find new research papers in: Consequently, there were tales of nreaking, worship, warning, and indoctrination. Everything is on the surface, one-dimensional, and we are to delight in one-dimensional portrayal and thinking, for it is adorable, easy, and comforting in its simplicity.

Disney knew he was making history even before history had been made. Fairy tales were first told by gifted tellers and were based on rituals intended to endow meaning to the daily lives of members of a tribe.


Therefore, from onward, about the time that he conceived disny first feature-length fairy-tale film, Disney became the orchestrator of a corporate network that changed the function of the fairy-tale genre in America. The punishment in the Grimms’ tale is more horrifying because she must dance in red-hot iron shoes at Snow White’s wedding.

Part of the animation game consisted of developing mythologies that gave the animator some sort of special status. Here one is brought together with other viewers not for the development of community but to be diverted in the French sense of divertissement and American sense of diversion. They were part and parcel of the class struggles in the discourses of that period.

Conceived some time inSnow White was to take three years to complete, and Disney did not leave one stone upturned in his preparations for the first full-length animated fairy-tale film ever made in history.

He has learned, with the help of Puss, that one can achieve glory hte deception. The celebration of the phallus in the film was indicative of the nature of production in animation studios of the time.

Foundational Essay: Zipes’ “Breaking the Disney Spell” – The Professional Essays of H.E. Eanes

By September ofafter making two Mickey Mouse shorts, Disney, similar to his masked champion in Puss in Boots, had devised a way to gain revenge on Mintz and other animation studios by producing the first animated cartoon with sound, Steamboat Willie, starring Mickey Mouse. It did not matter what story was projected just as long as the images astounded the audience, captured its imagination for a short period of time, and left the people laughing or staring in wonderment.

At first glance, it would seem that the changes that Disney made were not momentous.