Disney's Teachings

Topics: Animation, The Lion King, Walt Disney Animation Studios Pages: 8 (2315 words) Published: February 11, 2014


A. Statement of Conclusion
Conclusion: All classic Disney animated feature films based on fairytales released from 1937-1994 teach us that good or bad is based on your physical appearance; beautiful people are good and the ugly ones are bad. Concepts:

Animated feature film – empirical
Fairytale – fictitious
good – evaluative
bad – evaluative
physical appearance – evaluative
beautiful – evaluative
ugly – evaluative

B. Definition of Terms
Disney animated feature film
These are stories that are told through the visual representation of moving drawings. For the purpose of this paper, I would be limiting this to Disney animated movies released from 1937-1994 for as per the inter-subjective consensus of my sample class, these are what they consider classic fairytales and are the ones that most impacted their childhood. These include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Sleeping Beauty
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
Acts that have a malicious intention, like poisoning a princess with an apple Beautiful
An aesthetically pleasing individual or thing, i.e., a beautiful sunset and a beautiful painting Fairytale
Short stories that often contain magical elements like fairies, dwarves, and magic, and as per the purpose of this paper, the basis of the most well known Disney animated feature films. Disney animated movie

Source Material
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White by The Brothers Grimm
Cinderella (1950)
Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast by Madame Le Prince de Beaumont
Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp from the Arabian Nights
The Lion King (1994)
Elements from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Table 1. List of Disney animated feature films and their source material Good
Acts that are of no harm others, conforming to the moral virtues that are agreed upon by many as right Physical appearance
The outward appearance of an individual
An aesthetic concept that means unpleasant to the eye

C. Controversial terms
My conclusion has five out seven key concepts that are evaluative and that means it has a high chance of being controversial. Truly, there can be a disagreement when it comes to the concepts good or bad and beautiful or ugly but in the realm of animated movies, the line between those evaluative concepts are clearly drawn, so I believe that there wouldn’t be a disagreement in my definition of terms.


A. Conclusion’s Type of Knowledge Claim
I am simply making an empirical claim. It is an observation on how the superficiality of basing your judgment of a person’s personality on physical appearances alone permeates classic Disney works. This is especially dangerous for the major market of animated movies are children and that means that at a very young age, we are being taught that beautiful people are good and ugly people are bad. This claim can be controversial to a point that Disney fairytales are well-loved all over the world and pointing out it’s flaws will offend fans, but I believe that after presenting my premises, there will be no debate over the claim of my conclusion. I am trying to prove a conclusion in its highest degree of empirical generalization, the ALL degree. Despite it being an empirical knowledge claim, the premises that are needed to support the conclusion are all evaluative in nature and I have found a strong inter-subjective consensus to support my conclusion. My conclusion is in the realm of the knowable and is provable.

B. What is the conclusion trying to prove?
My conclusion is trying to prove that all Disney animated feature films released between 1937 and 1992 perpetuates the...

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