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Disney, et al...

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tscanlin.edu
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 07:25:54 -0500

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ArtsEdNet readers,
Craig Roland posted the following (snip) in response to Bob Greaves
earlier comment about the "Disney-ization" of children's literature:

> 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! (Greaves quote)

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. (Roland quote)

I find this topic very intriguing. It brings to mind the impact of
any popular media on the mind/imagination of not only the child but anyone
in our culture. How many of your have had, at various times through the
years, Charlie Browns and Snoopys, Garfields, X-men, Ninja Turtles, Power
Rangers, etc., as main characters or only characters in drawings/paintings?
Or have mothers tell you that their children drew "so well!" and then show
your drawings of pop culture icons. I would like to read other's comments
about the impact of popular culture on artistic statements, whether by
children, young adults, or adults.

Tommye Scanlin
Professor of Art
North Georgia College and State University
Dahlonega, GA 30597


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