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In his book - The Idea Of Nature In Disney Animation - David Whitley has very

succinctly established a child-like perspective of the fact that Disney's films have

helped generations of children to develop -

"a critical awareness of contested environmental issues"

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."

Bambi (1942)

"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 (1950)

"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."

We keep moving forward - opening new doors, and doing new things - because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.


Remember WHEN ...


Remember When - A Tribute to Disney Animation

... which ALL adds grist to the mill to Walt Disney BEING an eco-warrior 

and integral artist as exemplified by the KOSMIC DANCE of HIS MIND,

in support of the children's own perspective of the concept that - 






First posted by Michael Grove on March 27, 2008 at 16:30



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Just-Bliss : Let Lord Swaminarayan Triumph
7 days later

Just-Bliss said

So that’s why i love the Disney animations…..

Thankyou for clealifying it to me… i thougth i was the odd one loving the disney ones istead of action packed firing fury movies of grown man….

Hat’s off to the odd ones:

martha : wildlygentle
17 days later

martha said

For sure the Disney imagination has long been a kaleidoscopic bellweather of the American psyche. And, as such, an important context for children's meaning-making. Like anything else, it's important to understand how it works so that it cna be used in positive ways and not used in negative ways, generally speaking.

Michael : catalyst-producer
19 days later

Michael said

… such that the Disney imagination can take IT IS rightful place in John David Ebert's very intelligent, impressive and interesting list of Celluloid Heroes

Michael : catalyst-producer
7 months later

Michael said

Happy birthday to plucky Mickey Mouse. You may have missed it, but one of the great inspirational figures of the last century celebrated his 80th birthday today, the 18th November 2008.

ALL hail to Mickey Mouse, his legion of friends,
their creator and “angelfire”

9 months later

cHAngeL said

Yes heigh-ho Michael, and thanks for the reminder about apple selection :)


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Comment by Michael Grove on April 1, 2013 at 12:01

As immersive and visually stimulating presentation of information

becomes the norm, workers will need more sophisticated skills

to use these tools to engage & persuade their audiences

Comment by Michael Grove on March 12, 2017 at 7:48

This film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of [TIME]

and the inability to realise his desire to love for a mortal. The scenes

blend a series of surreal paintings of Dali with dancing and

metamorphosis. The target production began in 1945, 58 years

before its completion and was a collaboration between Walt Disney

and the Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali

and Walt Disney Destiny was produced by Dali and John Hench

for 8 months between 1945 and 1946. Hench described Dali at the

time, as a "ghostly figure" who knew better than Dali or the

secrets of the Disney film. For some time, the project remained a

secret. The work of painter Salvador Dali was to prepare a six-minute

sequence combining animation with live dancers and special effects

for a movie in the same format of "Fantasia." Dali in the studio

working on The Disney characters are fighting against time, the

giant sundial that emerges from the great stone face of Jupiter and

that determines the fate of all human novels. Dalí and Hench were

creating a new animation technique, the cinematic equivalent of

"paranoid critique" of Dali. Method inspired by the work of Freud on

the subconscious and the inclusion of hidden and double images.

Dalí said: "Entertainment highlights the art, its possibilities are

endless." The plot of the film was described by Dalí as "A magical

display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time." Walt Disney

said it was "A simple story about a young girl in search of true


My grateful thanks to Jack Austin for bringing this animation to my 
attention just imagine 4,733,899 views on YouTube and I didn't even know it existed. I shall make this a YouTube favourite nOw on our new Virgin multi Media high-speed home network .

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