compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
succinctly established a child-like perspective of the fact that Disney's films have
helped generations of children to develop -
since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937.
David Whitley goes on to say of ...
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
"The forest gives young viewers a sense of the integrity and separateness
of nature from the world of humans, which is shown as oppressively
unbalanced. Snow White enlists the help of a small army of creatures,
evincing our interdependent relationship with the natural world and
showcasing, with comic brio, the variety and vitality of animal life."
"The idyllic realm of nature rendered vulnerable by human incursions.
Disarmingly cute animals and a sense that we are receiving a
'privileged' view of nature at work build empathy between the viewer
and the archetypal image of nature. We come away feeling we owe the
natural world some sort of allegiance."
"Cinderella's relationship with an extensive subculture of friendly animals
demonstrates that she is wholesome and good. The animals help to
subvert the authority of a repressive, self-regarding human culture cut
off from nature and represented by the ugly sisters. Cinderella is a
'lovelorn shepherdess', managing and protecting the animals."
The Jungle Book (1967)
"Mowgli demonstrates not just a desire to protect the animal kingdom,
but to become part of it."
Finding Nemo (2003)
"The theme of letting go of one's protective anxieties accepts the dangerous
aspect of nature, but we are encouraged to tolerate freedom with all
the precariousness that entails. The film does not attempt to unite the
human and natural environments, but conveys a natural state of
interaction which has both positive and negative results, rendering
it a fable for our time."
... which ALL adds grist to the mill to Walt Disney BEING an eco-warrior
in support of the children's own perspective of the concept that -
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