Student Author Information

Jennifer SchimmelFollow

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Criminology

Abstract

Mass media has invaded the social culture in the last 100 years, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in entertainment aimed at the young. Entertainment aimed at young audiences has often been studied for its potential negative effects, especially those involving depictions of violence. Disney has been for decades a forerunner and an iconic brand in the area of animated films aimed at young audiences, famously using classic ‘fairy tales,’ especially European stories, for these productions. The possibility of negative impacts from viewing such popular and iconic productions makes an analysis of the violent content, especially as it has changed over time, of these productions important. A content analysis will be performed and four movies will be selected based on meeting the criteria that they are Disney movies, two early releases and two recent releases, all based on a classic European fairy tale. The original adult fairy tales that the Disney animated films are based on will also be discussed to see the evolution of violence from the original adult fairy tale to the Disney version. After having collected the data, critical thinking will be used to analyze data and results discussed in the context of the literature on this subject to reach conclusions on how violence has changed over the eras.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ken Wagner, Dr. Laura Kicklighter, Professor Smith

Rights Statement

The right to download or print any portion of this material is granted by the copyright owner only for personal or educational use. The author/creator retains all proprietary rights, including copyright ownership. Any editing, other reproduction or other use of this material by any means requires the express written permission of the copyright owner. Except as provided above, or for any other use that is allowed by fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.), you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any material from this web site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the material.

Share

COinS
 
Apr 10th, 2:00 PM

Violence in Disney: An Examination of Early and Recent Animated Major Motion Picture Films Based on European Fairy Tales

Mass media has invaded the social culture in the last 100 years, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in entertainment aimed at the young. Entertainment aimed at young audiences has often been studied for its potential negative effects, especially those involving depictions of violence. Disney has been for decades a forerunner and an iconic brand in the area of animated films aimed at young audiences, famously using classic ‘fairy tales,’ especially European stories, for these productions. The possibility of negative impacts from viewing such popular and iconic productions makes an analysis of the violent content, especially as it has changed over time, of these productions important. A content analysis will be performed and four movies will be selected based on meeting the criteria that they are Disney movies, two early releases and two recent releases, all based on a classic European fairy tale. The original adult fairy tales that the Disney animated films are based on will also be discussed to see the evolution of violence from the original adult fairy tale to the Disney version. After having collected the data, critical thinking will be used to analyze data and results discussed in the context of the literature on this subject to reach conclusions on how violence has changed over the eras.