Upon a dream once more: beauty redacted in Disney's readapted classics

Craven, Allison (2016) Upon a dream once more: beauty redacted in Disney's readapted classics. In: Brode, Douglas, and Brode, Shea T., (eds.) Debating Disney: pedagogical perspectives on commercial cinema. Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MA, USA, pp. 187-197.

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[Extract] The dream of feminine beauty in Disney's classic animated feature films defines the heroines of Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and their prototype in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Icons of innocence, these portrayals of femininity offer embellishments on the historical source tales by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. From the late 1980s, as WDC entered its period of vast corporate expansion,1 a new range of fairy tales and heroines emerged. Feistier and apparently more in tune with this era's postfeminist culture, Belle of Beauty and the Beast, in particular, was received as a far more progressive heroine,2 or at least a change in the Disney "ideal."3 In the twenty-first century, Disney has again refreshed assumptions about its heroines, in some cases with parodic reworkings of earlier adaptations. These productions include Maleficent (2014), a backstory to Sleeping Beauty; a live-action production of Cinderella (2015) that readapts the earlier animated film; and a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, currently in production.

Item ID: 43924
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4422-6608-7
Keywords: Disney, fairy tale, animation, gender, beauty
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 23:51
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified @ 30%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies @ 70%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
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