113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Disney and Its Worlds

Session Chair: 
Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Deschutes (PMCC)


  1. Grace Nambela, La Sierra University
    The purpose of this paper is inform the audience about Disney/Pixar’s 2009 film Up and its relationship not only between the movie and its viewers, but the relationship between the concepts of time and quality of life represented by the characters.  
  2. Molly Robinson Kelly, Lewis and Clark College
    This paper explores the relationship between the heroines of the Disney Princess genre and place. Each princess is associated, often strongly, with a place. A close analysis of this association in Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen reveals that the princess’ progressive empowerment or disempowerment is intimately linked to how she relates to her place.
  3. Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules, two late additions to the Disney Renaissance Era, explore the impact that the trend of spunky, independent female characters has on the Prince Charming set by experimenting with tropes associated with both traditional masculinity and ancient Greek hero myths. 
  4. Ashley Kimura, San Francisco State University
    This paper utilizes Edward Said’s Orientalism as a critical lens to analyze Disney’s 1992 film Aladdin. Considering the sociopolitical climate of the Gulf War, this film depicts the dichotomous relationship of good and evil mirrored in the Occidental and Orientalized characters to reinforce Western notions of morality. 
  5. Stephanie Mastrostefano, University of Oregon
    This paper seeks to extend the history of cinematic criticism by reading Monsters, Inc. as reflexive of its politico-industrial contexts as well as its technological medium. By focusing on the shift in the political economy of animation during the Disney and Pixar merge and I seek to examine the 2001 Pixar film Monsters, Inc. as an allegory for the tenuous partnership between Disney and Pixar at various impasses during their twenty-year relationship. Through this lens we can examine how social conditions surface within material products.
Session Cancelled: