- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: John Libbey Publishing (February 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0861966732
- ISBN-13: 978-0861966738
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation Paperback – February 20, 2007
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Amy M. Davis is a lecturer in the School of Media and Performing Arts and a course director for Film Studies at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She is author of several articles on the subject of Disney feature animation.
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The tone of this book feels sympathetic to Disney more so than many essays about this topic. It considers many factors that contribute to the portrayals. But it is also not entirely apologetic for these images.
The book is all by one person. Her sources are cited well within the page in a way that academics can easily understand and casual readers can easily ignore. The chapters are divided by time period.
The worst thing I can say about the book is that there should have been more in some places and less in others. Chapter 2 is a brief history of animation. I'm not entirely sure that the actions of other studios, especially ones that weren't making movies, is relevant to the topic. In addition, the book only talks about human characters as they appeared as main characters in animated movies. There is no discussion about the portrayals of female animals in movies like "The Lion King" or "Robin Hood," which I feel has a great diversity of female characters. I also feel that the lack of women in movies like "The Jungle Book" and "Winnie the Pooh" is worthy of discussion.
and where it leads and how it goes. a very interesting book. one of those books that brings forth into so much detail and the history of various projects associated with the disney logo and beyond.
While the author's analysis of films tended to be sympathetic towards the Disney Company, it is this sympathetic stance that makes "Good Girls" a more accessible read for those outside of the academic world. "Good Girls" provides readers with a very good introduction to gender analysis in film, as well as a comprehensive history of women in animation, film, and Disney. However, for those looking for a more in-depth, critical analysis of gender in Disney films, I would recommend picking up "From Mouse to Mermaid" instead.