Mickey Mouse Monopoly Documentary
- Do you think the fact that Disney is a massive, profit-driven corporation has any effects on the kind of stories it tells? Why or why not, and in what ways, if any?
Even though Disney is a profit-driven corporation, this has an effect on the kind of stories they tell to a certain level. Most of Disney’s animations target a wide range of audience which can be watched by people from all races and various socioeconomic statuses. To remain relevant and appeal to the broad base of customers, Disney creates stories that make their customers happy.
- What does the film say about how a media company’s status as a corporation can influence how it constructs reality and fantasy? And how these constructions can in turn shape perceptions?
From the Mickey Mouse Monopoly documentary, the status of a media company largely influences the development of reality and fantasy. Since Disney is one of the biggest media companies globally, is powerful in the sense that it can come up with true or made-up stories which reach many people. Children are the most affected by the messages they get from Disney’s films as they do not have the capacity to criticize or even evaluate it. Eventually, what is often depicted in the movies, whether it is true or false, may end up being perceived as reality.
- What would you say about stereotyping in Disney films in terms of gender, racial, and ethnic identities?
Generally, gender stereotyping is negative on female characters and positive in male characters. Women are often portrayed as weak and emotional beings who need a man to make them happy. Disney’s movies also communicate the message that women’s role is at home. On the other hand, male figures are depicted as strong and play an important role in improving the society. As for racial stereotyping, most of Disney’s animations with black characters portrays them as poor and individuals with low levels of intelligence. White characters are seen as wealthy, civilized, and beautiful.
- Why do you think Disney arouses such passionate reactions, both pro and con, in people? How do you think The Disney Company would react to this documentary?
Disney arouses passionate reactions, both bad and good in people mainly because of the effect it have on children. Kids are the number one consumers of Disney movies. As such, people are more likely to have negative comments on Disney if it leads to negative perceptions in kids. Likewise, positive messages by Disney films evokes positive reactions.
- How would you assess the overall effectiveness of the documentary? Have you ever before considered the points presented in this documentary? How do you think most people would react to this documentary?
The documentary was generally effective as it featured characters who are experts in the subject matter at hand. They also used numerous to make their inferences. In addition, the documentary used recognized scholars to support its thesis. The inclusion of children’s reactions from Disney’s movies also made the documentary more effective as kids are the ones who are directly affected by the corporation. I would say that I have thought about the points presented by the film before but I have never given then much consideration. Disney movies has many followers and most people would not be happy about the documentary as it criticizes the company both on the good and the bas sides.