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Stereotypical? Figure Out How To Use It, Not Abuse It!,
This review is from: Dumbo (60th Anniversary Edition) (DVD)Why am I not surprised that there is someone reviewing this classic who trashes it as if they had never seen it and were offended by the cultural sensitivity issues that are part of the film. (See the Tallahassee reviewer titled "Do not purchase this video for children" January 21, 2003) For crying out loud, this script reflects what was normal at the time the film was first released. It's full of classic pieces that of course include a white dominated societal commentary on what was perceived as appropriate black cultural roots at that time. Is it outdated? Sure, so is nearly every other film from that era. Does this make it less of a classic? Absolutely not. In fact, this is the *real* Disney, long before it was sanitized for the Anaheim-Orlando crowd. Is the film inappropriate for a 21st century kid? That's a parental decision, but if you plan to shelter your child from the real history of the U.S., they will have a rude awakening (with all the accompanying psychoses) that you *won't* be able to control. My kids loved this film when they were very young.....we talked about the cultural issues by the time they were in school.....in fact, I distinctly remember them coming home to ask why some kids treated others so badly because of the color of their skin, their accents, etc. We used Dumbo to show them what used to be, was is today, and how to deal with it. And there was never a place where the original empathy of the film was lost on them. They have repeatedly made personal decisions and stood up against improper cultural slurs their entire lives (they are all either in college or their final years of high school now). I've been pleased with how they can see a cultural slur coming and are not willing to put up with any of the culturally "acceptable" ways of trashing others' ethnicity.
Now, what about the film? This is a great Disney classic from the days when there was a full bodied, earthy smell to what they did. It's release in this format provides a historical window on American culture from the 1950s that is true and clear. It loses nothing in the 21st century translation and in fact, gains considerably from it's historical context. A great child's film that every adult needs to understand!
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2010 11:42:50 AM PST
Janie Peters says:
Thank you for the beautiful review of this wonderful film. I cannot stomach the saccharine and soulless computer animated films that are put out nowadays. I event hesitate to use the word "film" to describe them. The old Disney films are true pieces of art.
In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2011 6:38:38 AM PDT
J. Beshansky says:
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I don't think it's CG that's soulless... more like everything that's produced today in general, with certain exceptions, like Pixar. Animated cartoons today feel like hollow shells of what was, with their shoddy, angular illustration, poor dialogue, unimaginative stories and yea. I gave up on American animation years ago, once Disney started going digital. Like I mentioned though, Pixar is about the only saving grace, though I'm not sure how they handled Tangled. The only place to find quality stories and animation today is Japanese anime. Why else has it become so popular in the past 20 years? I am totally against sanitized content and PR, which is why I applaud the work of the likes of South Park and Dave Chappelle, who challenge us to find humor in the controversial.
Posted on Jun 16, 2013 12:05:30 AM PDT
C. Wilson says:
I was born in 1948 and lived and breathed everything Disney. To this day I can watch the films and enjoy the heck out of them.
I never remember a time where the culture of the day was shown shoddy or make people feel bad. I grew with respect for all.
Song of The South is a masterpiece. It's such a shame the politically correct people ever set a foot down in books or cinema.
They have done damage !!!
I so appreciate your post.
I treasure my films to this day.
It was a sad day when Walt Disney died. He told stories the way things were.
He didn't change history. And we always learned something from each film. Plus those songs !
I am a Disney kid for ever. Even at nearly 65.
There is nothing since Disney that has the charm,the truth,the lesson,a love for people,animals.
The films had it all.
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