Thursday, March 27, 2008

Subliminal Disney?

Interesting article in the Times Online from London on the role Walt Disney and his films played in shaping our 20th century attitudes on nature.

The stories of animated Disney characters, from Snow White in 1937 to the clownfish Nemo in 2003, have built “a critical awareness of contested environmental issues”, according to David Whitley, a lecturer in English.

While Disney movies are often regarded as little more than escapism, and have even been criticised as bland populism, many feature messages about conservation and the relationship between people and the natural world that have proved to be highly influential, Dr Whitley said.

Treehugger has the link and explains further.