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Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation Paperback – February 20, 2007

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American womanhood as seen through the eyes of Disney.

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
It's very easy to criticize Disney's portrayals of women over the years. In fact, they do not fit with the current cultural idea of a motivated, active, and very maternal woman. Others believe that Disney is so ingrained into our popular culture it should be immune from criticism.

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.
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By RL on April 29, 2012
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I wanted to give this book four stars as it is one of the few academic books published that provides a critical evaluation of Disney animation from a gender perspective, but there were a few issues I had with this book that made it difficult to do so. The writing is at times clunky, with unnecessary mistakes scattered throughout the book (including misprints as well the consistent misspelling of the character Phoebus's name from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") which were both distracting and detracted from the reading experience.

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.
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If you think the ideal of American womanhood was established by Doris Day and other goody two shoes, then think again and read this enthralling exploration of the women in the Walt Disney films from Sleeping Beauty to Alice in Wonderland to the Little Mermaid and Pocahontas.
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A great and informative read!
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