Adverse Influence of Disney Movies on the Younger Generation

2049 Words Aug 2nd, 2008 9 Pages
Disney Movies Having a Bad Influence On the Younger Generation

“Our heritage and ideals, our codes and standards - the things we live by and teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings”. (Disney) This quote by Walt Disney himself just shows how he felt his values were in good thought. But the problem is his movies didn’t always portray these values. Many of the Disney Classics that our generation has grown to know and love have exposed children to many bad values. Classics such as: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Pocahontas display lessons not suitable for those of
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The crows in the movie Dumbo, furthermore, show racism. The blackbirds act in a manner stereotypically assigned to Africans. (Joseph) The Lion King, Disney’s most well-known, loved, and adored Classic, is racist. The members of the royal family speak with posh British accents while the hyenas speak with a mixture of decidedly urban, black and Latino youth and the other animals in the kingdom don’t even talk. Coming to Aladdin, the song Arabian Nights is the most insulting out of them all. The original lyrics state: “Oh I come from a land-From a far away place-Where the caravan camels roam. -Where they cut off your ear-If they don’t like your face. -It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” Arab culture magnifies popular stereotypes already primed by the media through its portrayal of the Gulf War. (Giroux)
Racism and subliminal messages seem petty to the fact that in today’s world Disney seems to still be sexist against women. In the movie Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, being already born into the royal family, was bestowed with the gift of beauty. She is described as “lips as red as the red red rose”. She is the typical girl that everyone wants: fair skin, blue eyes, long blonde hair, and an impossibly thin figure. Aurora is given a curse and can only be woken up by “true love’s first kiss”. Of course she is saved right before she could literally die. In present terms this event demonstrates the fact that women will “die” if they never