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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 10:11:06 -0500

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Bob Greaves wrote:

> This will probably stir up a can of worms but it is something which
>has been concerning me for some time. With the internationalization
>of everything comes the Disneyization of children's litereature
>illustrations (and text). . .snip . . .There is the other point too that
>the >Disney style , like so many introduced species, (ecologically
>speaking) thrives >at the expense of the native variety!

It's a sunny sunday morning here in Florida "land of Micky, Donald and
Goofy" and I couldn't help from briefly commenting on Bob's message. I too
find it troublesome that this "Disneyization" Bob speaks of is infiltrating
other aspects of our culture...beyond children's literature.

I just returned from a conference in Orlando and was amazed at how this
city has grown in recent years into a vast wasteland of commmercialism,
entertainment and facades. Everywhere you look there seems to be a new
"disney-like" structure being built and a new "tacky" tourist attraction
being opened. As you may know, Disney now has its own "city" (I think its
called Celebration) which will probably serve as a "model" for other cities
to be built across the country in the coming years.

Equally troublesome for me is the number of art students who enter our
program each year with aspirations to work as animators for Disney upon
Fornunately, it doesn't take long for them to realize that there are a
number of other art careers they can pursue that are just as (or more)
satisfying as being a Disney animator.

As I look at my window, is that Mary Poppins I see on the roof across the


CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax

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