Stereotypes In Disney's Atlantis : The Lost Empire

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Stereotypes in Disney’s
Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Marilyn Burkhardt
Dr. Ficco
Due: 12/7/2017 Since the release of the first full length Disney movie in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the studio began releasing many other classic movies, appreciated children, teens, and adults alike. Disney, which is often associated with fun, fantasy and happiness, unfortunately, is not quite that innocent or simple. This is due to the fact that in most (if not all) of their movies and cartoons, they have depicted heavily stereotyped characters in one way or another. Many parents ignorantly argue that their children do not formulate stereotypes from something as simple as a cartoon fairy tale, however, the influence of the media on the psychosocial development of children is profound. (Ford-Jones, 2003) A research conducted at the Appalachian State University concluded that even if the movies don’t initiate the formation of stereotypes, they at least reinforce them. (Newswise, 2011) This paper analyzes stereotypes in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire: focusing on issues of race. Atlantis: The Lost Empire tells the story of an inexperienced young researcher, Milo Thatch, who, inspired by his grandfather who often spoke of a lost continent, is determined to discover the underwater city: Atlantis. Set in 1914, the adventure ensues when an extremely wealthy friend of Milo’s grandfather not only provides Milo with a journal containing

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