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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However, it was not a total loss, for industrialization brought about greater comfort, sophistication, and literacy and new kinds of communication in public institutions.

This book will change forever zipfs way we look at the fairy tales of our youth. As we know, Disney never liked to give credit to the animators who worked with him, and they had to fight for acknowledgement. The privatization of fairy tales furthered notions of elitism and separation.

One of his early films, Puss in Boots, is crucial for grasping his approach to the literary fairy tale and for understanding how he used it as self-figuration that would mark the genre for years to come.

Stein and Day, The white cat jumps in front with Puss, and they speed off with the king vainly chasing after them.

On the other hand, many writers would parody, mock, question, and undermine the classical literary tradition and produce original and subversive tales that were part and parcel of the breakinf itself.

Animation is trickery — trick films — for still images are made to seem as if they move through automatization.

Of course, the hero will do anything to obtain the king’s daughter, and he must disguise himself as a masked bullfighter.

The monarchy is debunked, and a commoner causes a kind of revolution. Fill in your details below bdeaking click an icon to log in: It might be considered somewhat one-dimensional to examine all of Disney’s films as 10 self-figurations, or embodiments of the chief designer’s wishes and beliefs.

The animators sought to impress audiences with their abilities to use pictures in such a way that they would forget the earlier fairy tales and remember the images that they, the new artists, were creating for them. Their actions are what counts in defeating evil.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here As long as one controls the images and machines one can reign supreme, just as the hero is safe as long as he is disguised. Unlike the oral tradition, the literary tale was written down to be read in private, although, in some cases, spel, fairy tales were read aloud in parlors.

Here one is brought together with other viewers not for the development of community but to be diverted in the French sense of divertissement and American sense of diversion. The queen is not only jealous that Snow White is more beautiful than she is, but she also sees the prince singing to Snow White and is envious because her stepdaughter has such a handsome suitor.


Yet, primitive though it was, the order of the scenes did form a coherent, logical, and progressive continuity. If we recall, Perrault wrote his tale in to reflect upon a cunning cat, whose life is threatened, and who manages to survive by using his brains to trick a king and an ogre. Whatever the type may have been, the voice of the narrator was known.

This can take several forms it can be direct or indirect, and more or less camouflaged. The domestication is related to colonization insofar as the ideas and types are portrayed as models of behavior to be emulated.

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Breaking the Disney Spell- Jack Zipes | Fairy Tale Traditions

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. In the case of folk tales, they were gradually categorized as legends, myths, fables, comical anecdotes, and, of course, fairy tales. In fact, it is noteworthy that Disney’s very first endeavors in animation not considering the advertising commercials he made were the fairy-tale adaptations that he produced with Ub Iwerks in Didney City between There are obviously mixed messages or multiple messages in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but the overriding sign, in my estimation, is the signature of Disney’s breakiing in the name of justice.

Of course, it would be a great exaggeration to maintain that Disney’s spell totally divested the classical fairy tales of their meaning and invested them with his own.

However, the domination of the word in the development of the fairy tale as genre was about to change. Of course, the house for the Grimms and Disney was the place where good girls remained, and one aspect of the fairy tale and the film is about the domestication of women. Yale University Press, In the meantime, he and Iwerks had to devise another character for their company if they were to survive, and they conceived the idea for films featuring a pert mouse named Mickey.

Through the artful use of images, Disney was able to sway the masses and gain their favor by being the sole controller of those and the supreme ruler of reality. So, she convinces the animals to help her make the cottage tidy so that the dwarfs will perhaps let her stay there.

The oral tales continued and continue to threaten the more conventional and classical takes because they can question, dislodge, and deconstruct the written tales. This site uses cookies. These images were intended both to smash the aura of heritage and to celebrate the ingenuity, inventiveness, and genius of the animator. By the turn of the twentieth century, many animators had redefined fairy tales through their interpretations of them through imagery.


Foundational Essay: Zipes’ “Breaking the Disney Spell”

In contrast to the traditional fairy tale, the hero is not a peasant, nor is he dumb. These tales did not represent communal values but rather the vales of a particular dizney. In fact, the fairy tale is practically infantilized, just as the jokes are infantile. This privatization violated the communal aspects of the folk tale, but the very printing of a fairy tale was already a violation since it was based on separation of social classes. From this point on, Disney became known for introducing all kinds of new inventions and improving animation so that animated films became almost as realistic as films with live actors and natural settings.

The so-called original and subversive tales kept and keep the dynamic quality of the dialectical appropriation alive, for there was and there is always a danger that the written word, in contrast to the spoken word, will fix a structure, image, metaphor, plot, and value as sacrosanct.

By this time the fairy tale had expanded as a high art form operas, ballets, dramas and low art form folk plays, vaudevilles, and parodies and a form developed classically and experimentally for children bbreaking adults.

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In particular, the animals befriend Snow White and become her protectors. One could almost say that he was obsessed by the fairy tale genre, or, put another way, Disney felt drawn to fairy tales because they reflected his own struggles in life. The Oral and Literary Fairy Tales The evolution of the fairy tale as a literary genre is marked by dialectical appropriation that set the cultural conditions for its institutionalization and its expansion as a mass-mediated form through radio, film, and television.

It was through script by the end of the nineteenth century that there was a full-scale debate about what oral folk tales and literary fairy tales were and what their respective functions should be.

At first, the hero does not want puss’s help, nor will he buy her the boots that she sees in a shop window. On a symbolical level, the cat represented Perrault’s conception of the role of the haute bourgeoisie his own classwho comprised the administrative class of Louis the XIV’s court and who were often the mediators between the peasantry and aristocracy.

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. The oral tales continued to be disseminated through communal gatherings of different kinds, but they were also broadcast by radio and gathered in books by folklorists.