Abstract

Three animated Disney features, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, are shown here to reflect an ambivalence about freedom of imagination that may confuse young female viewers. The essay compares these three "girls' movies" with their fairy-tale sources and connects them to similarly ambivalent female narratives of an earlier time, particularly Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote. It further suggests that adults concerned about these movies' effects on children ought to look closely at the relationship among elements of dialogue, plot, and image.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 53-66
Launched on MUSE
2004-04-15
Open Access
No
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