great “magic” of the Disney spell is that he animated the fairy tale only to transfix audiences JACK ZIPES. Breaking the Disney Spellt. It was not once upon a. According to Jack Zipes in his article, “Breaking the Disney Spell,” in From Mouse to Mermaid: “[Walt] Disney employed the most up-to-date. Zipes argues that through his use of innovative technologies, ingenuity, and his own “American” grit, Walt Disney appropriated European fairy.

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What is good for Disney is good for the world, and what is good in a Disney fairy tale is good in the rest of the world. This article cites the famous quote by Woody Allen in Annie Hall: In Disney’s film, she arrives and notices that the house is dirty. Account Options Sign in. At the same time, the hero’s black cat, a female, is having a disneyy with the royal white cat, who is the king’s chauffeur.

His radicalism was of the right and the righteous. Technique takes precedence over the story, and the story is used to celebrate the technician and his means. According to Zipes, the French fairy tales heightened bbreaking aspect of the chosen aristocratic elite: Yet, worship of the fairy tale as holy scripture is more of a petrification of the fairy tale that is connected to the establishment of correct speech, values, and power more than anything else.

According to Zipes, Disney made the following changes:. Remember me on this computer. You are commenting using your WordPress. However, it was not a total loss, for industrialization brought about greater comfort, sophistication, and literacy and new kinds of communication in public institutions. The diversion of the Disney fairy tale is geared toward nonreflective viewing. Harry Zohn New York: Yale University Press, The hero upsets the king and runs off with his prize possession, the virginal princess.

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Zipes contends that by simplifying this oedipal complex semiotically through animation and satirizing it in order to create common appeal, Disney also touches on other themes:. It is the repetition of Disney’s infantile quest — the core of American mythology — that enabled him to strike a chord in American viewers from the s to the present. New American Library, The Art of the Animated Image, Ed. Unlike the oral tradition, the literary tale was written down to be read in private, although, in some cases, the fairy tales were read aloud in parlors.

Fairy tales were first told by gifted tellers and were based on rituals intended to endow meaning to the daily lives of members of a tribe. However, despite their beauty and charm, these figures are pale and pathetic compared to the tbe active and demonic characters in the film.

In fact, the fairy tale is practically infantilized, just zupes the jokes are infantile. Consequently, Zipes sees Walt Disney’s Snow White as an expression of American male individualism, film and literary interpretations of L. In the case of folk tales, they were gradually categorized as legends, myths, fables, comical anecdotes, and, of course, fairy tales. The pictures deprive the audience now of visualizing their own characters, roles, and desires.

Of course, there are numerous ways to read Perrault’s tale, but whatever approach one chooses, it is apparent that the major protagonist is the cat. Such male framing drives women to frustration and some women to the point of madness.

Foundational Essay: Zipes’ “Breaking the Disney Spell”

The domestication is related to colonization insofar as the ideas and types are portrayed as models of behavior to be emulated. While the literary fairy tale was being institutionalized at the end of the seventeenth century and beginning of the eighteenth century in France, the oral tradition did not disappear, nor was it subsumed by the new literary genre.


Casting the Commodity Spell with Snow White Disney’s hero is the enterprising young man, the entrepreneur, who uses technology to his advantage.

Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Her father remains alive, and she was never forced to do the work of commoners such as wash the steps of the castle. You are commenting using your WordPress.

The revolution takes place as the king is outpaced and will be replaced by a commoner who knows how to use the latest inventions. Tales such as S;ell and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Rumplestiltskin have become part of our everyday culture and shapers of our identities.

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Throughout the entire production of this film, Disney had to be consulted and give his approval for each stage of development. It was the phallic means to induce action and conceive a way out of a predicament. Conceived some time inSnow White was to take three years to complete, and Disney did not leave one stone upturned in his preparations for the first full-length animated fairy-tale film ever made in history.