115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Disney and Its Worlds II

Session Chair: 
Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
Session 10: Sunday 10 – 11:30 am
Wesselkamper 120


  1. Dustin Condren, Stanford University
    In the early 1940s, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, a long-time admirer of Walt Disney, devoted a book-length theoretical essay to Disney’s work. This paper employs the essay alongside archival documents to follow the visual traces of Disney’s style in the pre-production material for a series of never-completed Eisenstein films.
  2. Stephanie Mastrostefano, University of Oregon
    My work conceptualizes the audiences that early Mickey Mouse films targeted through an examination of character merchandising. I argue that Disney’s early move towards the child audience was one that developed out of economic need, and it is a move that is crucial to examine because of the studio’s capacity to shape and influence how children understand what they see and how they negotiate with the world around them.
  3. Olympia Kiriakou, King's College London (United Kingdom)
    This paper considers the announcement and fan reception of the “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” attraction at Disney's California Adventure in relation to Disney’s history of theme park place-making and thematic integration, and reflects on the effects such attractions have on the spatial and conceptual identity of the parks.
  4. Joseph Philip Whatford, "California State University, San Bernardino"
    Characters in Disney’s Moana use rhetoric to fool the protagonist, but she gains knowledge through the dialectic of her hero’s journey. This paper also argues the film’s creators seem to construct a respectful portrayal of Oceanic rhetoric and narrative, but Western ideas as influenced by Plato come through as subtext.
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