Rhetorical Criticism - Disney

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“Dreams really do come true” - Disney
Disney Channel is meant to educate and provide entertainment to families and children of all ages. As the years have progressed, the content shown on this family network has drastically changed. The movies, television shows and the messages portrayed through the programs are targeted towards older audiences rather than younger age groups who are actually watching them.

Movies are a great way to escape reality and slip into a “fantasy land” for a couple of hours. They allow us to relive our childhood and often bring back positive and negative memories. Movies are a way to relax and just sit back to enjoy what the film has to offer. All movies have a rating such as, G, PG, PG-13, and R. Typically, a six year old is not going to be viewing a film or show that is targeted for teenagers. Although that idea seems absurd, six year olds are indefinitely watching these programs.

Classic Disney movies were produced starting around the 1930’s and went all the way until 1999. These movies include, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and many others. These are all animated movies targeted for young children. Starting in 2000, Disney movies have become unanimated and rather inappropriate for certain age groups that Disney is intended for. Movies such as, Remember the Titans, Gotta Kick It Up!, Cadet Kelly, The Cheetah Girls, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess Protection Program, Alice in Wonderland, and Prom are all movies that have recently been produced by Disney. The actors and actresses on Disney Channel are all teenagers that face obstacles during high school.

The topics of these movies can usually relate to a teenager who is going through the same kinds of experiences. The most recent movies are targeted towards more mature audiences and are...
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