Tierra Dongieux, SOCG 371M, Section 2: Disney and Their Green Thumb

Disney films are known for their themes of family, romance and humor. The films always seem to have a good lesson involved for younger children however, when you take a critical eye to these fun, sing a long movies one can observe underlying themes within. For my research project I did a cultural content analysis with three popular movies, Over the Hedge, Avatar and WALL-E. I aimed to summarize how this environmental theme is played throughout all three films, who was causing the issue, who was to deal with the issue and what can be done about it.

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3 thoughts on “Tierra Dongieux, SOCG 371M, Section 2: Disney and Their Green Thumb

  • October 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Is Walt Disney using the third dimension of power to subtly manipulate us into caring about the environment?? Either way, I think this is a super interesting analysis of something that we wouldn’t necessarily think about in a critical way. It’s odd (or is it) that in all three movies there was a humans vs. others dynamic (WALL-E the robot, the natives on Pandora, or the forest animals) and it is the humans who have the power. Of course, since they are Disney movies, they have happy endings with power sharing– but I think it’s important to note the theme of human or majority power domination on the minority. The minority is also generally seen as intrusive even if they have just as much or more right to the land they inhabit (Over the Hedge and Avatar.) I love your conclusion- everyone needs power in order to overcome the challenges facing us and our environment, not just a few politicians!

  • October 19, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I love how you use a media reference that everyone understands to bring light to environmental issues. WALL-E, Avatar, and Over the Hedge are all great examples of movies that show what happens when we use up our natural resources and let greed ruin Earth.

  • October 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, your paper is amazing.Seriously. This is such an interesting topic.
    I really appreciated how you examined the movies so thoroughly and think you did a great job applying the dimensions of power. I also think you had a great conclusion; not only did you examine the movies, but you drew life lessons from them?! That’s awesome.

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