From Walt to Woodstock

From Walt to Woodstock

Douglas Brode overturns the idea of Disney as a middlebrow filmmaker by detailing how Disney movies played a key role in transforming children of the Eisenhower era into the radical youth of the Age of Aquarius.

Author: Douglas Brode

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292768079

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

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With his thumbprint on the most ubiquitous films of childhood, Walt Disney is widely considered to be the most conventional of all major American moviemakers. The adjective "Disneyfied" has become shorthand for a creative work that has abandoned any controversial or substantial content to find commercial success. But does Disney deserve that reputation? Douglas Brode overturns the idea of Disney as a middlebrow filmmaker by detailing how Disney movies played a key role in transforming children of the Eisenhower era into the radical youth of the Age of Aquarius. Using close readings of Disney projects, Brode shows that Disney's films were frequently ahead of their time thematically. Long before the cultural tumult of the sixties, Disney films preached pacifism, introduced a generation to the notion of feminism, offered the screen's first drug-trip imagery, encouraged young people to become runaways, insisted on the need for integration, advanced the notion of a sexual revolution, created the concept of multiculturalism, called for a return to nature, nourished the cult of the righteous outlaw, justified violent radicalism in defense of individual rights, argued in favor of communal living, and encouraged antiauthoritarian attitudes. Brode argues that Disney, more than any other influence in popular culture, should be considered the primary creator of the sixties counterculture—a reality that couldn't be further from his "conventional" reputation.
Categories: Performing Arts

Woodstock Scholarship

Woodstock Scholarship

From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2004. Uses the Woodstock Music and Art Fair as an ...

Author: Jeffrey N. Gatten

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781783742912

Category: Reference

Page: 194

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Since August 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair looms large when recounting the history and impact of the baby boom generation and the societal upheavals of the Sixties. Scholars study the sociological, political, musical, and artistic impact of the event and use it as a cultural touchstone when exploring alternative perspectives or seeking clarity. This interdisciplinary annotated bibliography records the details of over 400 English-language resources on the Festival, including books, chapters, articles, websites, transcriptions and videos. Divided into six main subsections―Culture & Society, History, Biography, Music, Film, Arts & Literature―for ease of consultation Woodstock Scholarship sheds light on all facets of a key happening in our collective history. Throughout the 1960s, popular music became increasingly reflective and suggestive of the rising political and social consciousness of the youth culture. Examples can be seen in the development of the protest song genre within the folk music boom of the early Sixties and the marriage of lifestyle to music first reflected by The Beatles with fashion, followed by psychedelic music with the emerging drug culture. Woodstock was where these themes coalesced, thus becoming the defining and last great moment of the 1960s. However, Woodstock also represented an abundant amount of experiences and ideas and moments. Thus, when exploring the complicated accounts and numerous facets of America during the turbulent Sixties one discovers scholarship on the key subjects, such as the Vietnam War or the Civil Rights Movement, often considering and debating the importance, relevance, and epic nature of Woodstock. Multiple narratives emerge: a radical engagement of the hippie movement, an overt commercial exploitation of youth culture, a political statement. Woodstock scholarship does not stand alone as field of study, but it is at the cross-road of a number of disciplines―music history, cultural studies, sociology, arts and literature, media studies, politics and economics. Providing full bibliographical details and concise, informative annotation for each entry, Woodstock Scholarship is an essential tool for students, scholars, teachers, and librarians in all these areas, as well as for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of both the Woodstock Music and Art Fair phenomenon and of the confluence of music, commerce and politics.
Categories: Reference

Dream West

Dream West

Doug Brode takes a new look at dozens of Westerns, including Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Red River, 3:10 to Yuma (old and new), The Wild Ones, High Noon, My Darling Clementine, The Alamo, and No Country for Old Men"--

Author: Douglas Brode

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292748286

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 390

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"Overturns conventional thinking that the Western genre is essentially conservative. Instead, Brode demonstrates that Hollywood liberals used Westerns to espouse a progressive agenda on a range of issues, including gun control, environmental protection, respect for non-Christian belief systems, and community cohesion versus rugged individualism. Doug Brode takes a new look at dozens of Westerns, including Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Red River, 3:10 to Yuma (old and new), The Wild Ones, High Noon, My Darling Clementine, The Alamo, and No Country for Old Men"--
Categories: Performing Arts

Walt Disney from Reader to Storyteller

Walt Disney  from Reader to Storyteller

Remembering Walt: Favorite Memories of Walt Disney. NY: Hyperion, 1999. Print. Brode, Douglas. From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture ...

Author: Kathy Merlock Jackson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786472321

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 227

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Although Walt Disney is best known as a filmmaker, perhaps his greatest skill and influence was as a reader. While many would have regarded Felix Salten's Bambi and Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio as too somber for family-oriented animated films, he saw possibilities in them. He appealed to his audience by selecting familiar stories, but transformed them to suit audience sensibilities. Many of the tales he chose to adapt to film went on to become the most read books in America, eventually becoming literary classics. Although much published research has addressed his adaptation process--often criticizing his films for being too saccharine or not true to their literary sources--little has been written on him as a reader: what he read, what he liked, his reading experiences, and the books that influenced him. This collection of essays addresses Disney as a reader and shows how his responses to literature fueled his success. Essays discuss the books he read, the ones he adapted to film, and the ways in which he demonstrated his narrative ability. Exploring his literary connections in reference to his animated and live-action films, nature documentaries, theme park creations, and overall creative vision, the contributors provide insight into Walt Disney's relationships with authors, his animation staff, and his audience.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Walt s Utopia

Walt s Utopia

See Douglas Brode, From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created Counterculture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. (Brode) 31. Robertson 173. 32.

Author: Priscilla Hobbs

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786498369

Category: History

Page: 232

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The “Happiest Place on Earth” opened in 1955 during a trying time in American life—the Cold War. Disneyland was envisioned as a utopian resort where families could play together and escape the tension of the “real world.” Since its construction, the park has continually been updated to reflect changing American culture. The park’s themed features are based on familiar Disney stories and American history and folklore. They reflect the hopes of a society trying to understand itself in the wake of World War II. This book takes a fresh look at the park, analyzing its cultural narrative by looking beyond consumerism and corporate marketing to how Disney helped America cope during the Cold War and beyond.
Categories: History

How to Be Like Walt

How to Be Like Walt

From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2004. Broggie, Michael. Walt Disney's Happy Place.

Author: Pat Williams

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 9780757302312

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Draws on more than 1,000 interviews to present an inspirational portrait of the founder of the Walt Disney company, relating how his character strengths of imagination, perseverance, and optimism enabled him to pursue his dreams and achieve success and happiness. Original. 100,000 first printing.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Disney Fetish

The Disney Fetish

... Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince by Marc Elliot (1993), The Animated Man by Michael Barrier (2007), From Walt to Woodstock by Douglas Brode (2004), ...

Author: Seán J. Harrington

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780861969081

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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Long considered a figurehead of family values and wholesome adolescence, the Disney franchise has faced increasing criticism over its gendered representations of children in film, its stereotypical representations of race and non-white cultures, and its emphasis on the heterosexual couple. Against a historical backdrop of studio history, audience reception, and the industrial-organizational apparatus of Disney media, Seán Harrington examines the Disney classics through a psychoanalytical framework to explore the spirit of devotion, fandom, and frenzy that is instilled in consumers of Disney products and that underlie the fantasy of the Magic Kingdom. This compelling study demystifies the unsettling cleanliness and pretensions to innocence that the Disney brand claims to hold.
Categories: Performing Arts

It s the Disney Version

It s the Disney Version

Douglas Brode, From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004), 56. 7. “Robin Hood and Allin a Dale ...

Author: Douglas Brode

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442266070

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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This collection of essays examine how the Disney studio has re-interpreted—for better or worse—classic literature into films both treasured and disdained. The films discussed in this volume include Bambi, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Tarzan.
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Darkness in the Bliss Out

Darkness in the Bliss Out

As Douglas Brode points out in From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture, the idea that Disney was a conservative, ...

Author: James Kendrick

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441112507

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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While there has been a significant outpouring of scholarship on Steven Spielberg over the past decade, his films are still frequently discussed as being paternalistic, escapist, and reliant on uncomplicated emotions and complicated special effects. Even those who view his work favorably often see it as essentially optimistic, reassuring, and conservative. James Kendrick takes an alternate view of Spielberg's cinema and proposes that his films-even the most popular ones that seem to trade in easy answers and comforting, reassuring notions of cohesion and narrative resolution-are significantly darker and more emotionally and ideologically complex than they are routinely given credit for. Darkness in the Bliss-Out demonstrates, through close analysis of a wide range of Spielberg's films, that they are only reassuring on the surface, and that their depths embody a complex and sometimes contradictory view of the human condition.
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LIFE Mickey Mouse at 90

LIFE Mickey Mouse at 90

his birthday celebration had the elegiac quality of Walt's obits from two years earlier. ... When half a million people gathered at Woodstock in 1969, ...

Author: The Editors of LIFE

Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

ISBN: 9781547844388

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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LIFE celebrates Walt Disney's most iconic creation with this special commemorative edition, Mickey Mouse at 90.
Categories: Performing Arts

Understanding Disney

Understanding Disney

http://chiefexecutive.net/how-bob-iger-remade-the-house-that-walt-built 162 The ... From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture (Austin, ...

Author: Janet Wasko

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745695679

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Since the 1930s, the Walt Disney Company has produced characters, images, and stories that have captivated audiences around the world. How can we understand the appeal of Disney products? What is it about the Disney phenomenon that attracts so many children, as well as adults? In this updated second edition, with new examples provided throughout, Janet Wasko examines the processes by which the Disney company – one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world – continues to manufacture the fantasies that enthrall millions. She analyses the historical expansion of the Disney empire into the twenty-first century, examines the content of Disney’s classic and more recent films, cartoons and TV programs and discusses how they are produced, considering how some of the same techniques have been applied to the Disney theme parks. She also discusses the reception (and sometimes, reinterpretation) of Disney products by different kinds of audiences. By looking at the Disney phenomenon from a variety of perspectives, she provides an updated and comprehensive overview of one of the most significant media and cultural institutions of our time. This important book by a leading scholar of the entertainment industries will be of great interest to students in media and cultural studies, as well as a broader readership of Disney fans.
Categories: Social Science

Shapers of American Childhood

Shapers of American Childhood

Disneyland and, following Walt's death, Walt Disney World now occupy such an ... From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture. austin: ...

Author: Mark I. West

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476664552

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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The experience of growing up in the U.S. is shaped by many forces. Relationships with parents and teachers are deeply personal and definitive. Social and economic contexts are broader and harder to quantify. Key individuals in public life have also had a marked impact on American childhood. These 18 new essays examine the influence of pivotal figures in the culture of 20th and 21st century childhood and child-rearing, from Benjamin Spock and Walt Disney to Ruth Handler, Barbie's inventor, and Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
Categories: Social Science

Transnational Film Remakes

Transnational Film Remakes

Brode, Douglas (2004), From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture, Austin: University of Texas Press. Bukatman, Scott (1991), 'There's ...

Author: Iain Robert Smith

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474407250

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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What happens when a film is remade in another national context? How do notions of translation, adaptation and localisation help us understand the cultural dynamics of these shifts, and in what ways does a transnational perspective offer us a deeper understanding of film remaking? Bringing together a range of international scholars, Transnational Film Remakes is the first edited collection to specifically focus on the phenomenon of cross-cultural remakes. Using a variety of case studies, from Hong Kong remakes of Japanese cinema to Bollywood remakes of Australian television, this book provides an analysis of cinematic remaking that moves beyond Hollywood to address the truly global nature of this phenomenon. Looking at iconic contemporary titles such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Oldboy, as well as classics like La Bete Humaine and La Chienne, this book interrogates the fluid and dynamic ways in which texts are adapted and reworked across national borders to provide a distinctive new model for understanding these global cultural borrowings.
Categories: Social Science

Emerson Goes to the Movies

Emerson Goes to the Movies

Brode's book From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture (2004) acknowledges that there is a stereotype that Disney films are ...

Author: Justyna Fruzińska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443869157

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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Emerson Goes to the Movies: Individualism in Walt Disney Company's Post-1989 Animated Films traces the theme of Emersonian individualism in the Walt Disney Company’s post-1989 animated films, to reveal that the philosopher’s influence extends not only over American literature, but also over American popular culture, in this case Disney cartoons. It proves that individualism in its Emersonian formulation of self-reliance, even if questionable in late 20th and 21st century literature, is still very much alive in popular culture. Disney films are heavy with ideology and American national myths, and, because of their educational role, it seems relevant to acknowledge this dimension and discuss the sources of the Disney worldview. This book, instead of focusing on Disney’s influence upon its audience, concerns rather what influences Disney, how Disney reflects the American mentality, and how the idea of individualism is depicted in the Company’s particular films. The principal way of reading particular Disney films is the Cultural Studies approach. Thus, the book presents Romantic individualism with reference to such categories as race, gender, class, and imperialism. The idea behind such an approach is to see how various cultural fields intersect with individualism: whether individualism means the same for men and women; whether, as an American ideology, it succeeds at erasing differences when applied to exotic and non-individualist cultures; whether the individual turns out to be stronger than all social divides; and whether individualism can be seen as informing the American mentality on a national scale.
Categories: Performing Arts

Disneyland and Culture

Disneyland and Culture

His more than thirty books include two on Walt Disney (From Walt to Woodstock and Multiculturalism and the Mouse) and one on Rod Serling (Rod Serling and ...

Author: Mark I. West

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786487455

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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The success of Disneyland as the world’s first permanent, commercially viable theme park sparked the creation of a number of other parks throughout the world, from Florida to Japan, France, and Hong Kong. But the impact of Disneyland is not confined to the theme park arena. These essays explore a far-reaching ideology. Among the topics are Disney’s role in the creation of children’s architecture; Frontierland as an allegorical map of the American West; the “cultural invasion of France” in Disneyland Paris; the politics of nostalgia; and “hyperurbanity” in the town of Celebration, Florida. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Categories: Social Science

Diversity in Disney Films

Diversity in Disney Films

Notes gram, but his fan club leader/secretary, Theresa Gallagher does, explaining. 1. See Brode's From Walt to Woodstock. 2.

Author: Johnson Cheu

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476600093

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 315

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Although its early films featured racial caricatures and exclusively Caucasian heroines, Disney has, in recent years, become more multicultural in its filmic fare and its image. From Aladdin and Pocahontas to the Asian American boy Russell in Up, from the first African American princess in The Princess and the Frog to “Spanish–mode” Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3, Disney films have come to both mirror and influence our increasingly diverse society. This essay collection gathers recent scholarship on representations of diversity in Disney and Disney/Pixar films, not only exploring race and gender, but also drawing on perspectives from newer areas of study, particularly sexuality/queer studies, critical whiteness studies, masculinity studies and disability studies. Covering a wide array of films, from Disney’s early days and “Golden Age” to the Eisner era and current fare, these essays highlight the social impact and cultural significance of the entertainment giant. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
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Turning the Page

Turning the Page

Brode , D. ( 2004 ) From Walt to Woodstock . How Disney Created the Counterculture , Austin , Texas : University of Texas Press .

Author: Fiona M. Collins

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039102559

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 297

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Since the nineteenth century, children's literature has been adapted for both the stage and the screen. As the twentieth century progressed, children's books provided the material for an increasing range of new media, from radio to computer games, from television to cinema blockbuster. Although such adaptations are now recognised as a significant part of the culture of childhood and popular culture in general, little has been written about the range of products and experiences that they generate. This book brings together writers whose work offers contrasting perspectives on the process of adaptation and the varying transformations - social, historical and ideological - that take place when a text moves from the page to another medium. Linking all these contributions is an interest in the changing definition of children's literature and its target audience within an increasingly media-rich society.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Disney s Most Notorious Film

Disney s Most Notorious Film

From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. Bryman, Alan. Disney and His Worlds.

Author: Jason Sperb

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292739741

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 278

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Looks at the racial issues surrounding Disney's Song of the South, as well as how the public's reception of the film has changed over the years, and why, while not releasing the film in its entirety in nearly two decades, Disney has chosen to continue to repackage and repurpose bits and pieces of the film.
Categories: Performing Arts

American Culture in the 1960s

American Culture in the 1960s

Children raised on The Wonderful World of Walt Disney, The Mickey Mouse Club ... the counterculture as Douglas Brode shows in From Walt to Woodstock (2003).

Author: Sharon Monteith

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748629039

Category: History

Page: 272

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This book charts the changing complexion of American culture in one of the most culturally vibrant of twentieth-century decades. It provides a vivid account of the major cultural forms of 1960s America - music and performance; film and television; fiction and poetry; art and photography - as well as influential texts, trends and figures of the decade: from Norman Mailer to Susan Sontag; from Muhammad Ali's anti-war protests to Tom Lehrer's stand-up comedy; from Bob Dylan to Rachel Carson; and from Pop Art to photojournalism. A chapter on new social movements demonstrates that a current of conservatism runs through even the most revolutionary movements of the 1960s and the book as a whole looks to the West and especially to the South in the making of the sixties as myth and as history.
Categories: History

Discussing Disney

Discussing Disney

Douglas Brode, From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004): 195–196. 12.

Author: Amy M. Davis

Publisher: John Libbey Publishing

ISBN: 9780861969623

Category: Performing Arts

Page:

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Discussing Disney has grown out of a conference of the same name, is a collection of 12 papers on topics which, though diverse in scope, all relate back to one another through their connection to Disney. As the field of Disney Studies continues to grow and evolve, those working within and contributing to it come from a range of backgrounds, including History, Myth Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, and Musicology (to name just a few), and therefore examine the outputs of the Disney company - and the company itself – in diverse ways. Discussing Disney seeks to continue the evolution of Disney Studies as an academic field that has now evolved beyond a discourse that merely, to quote Eric Smoodin (1994), "...[sought} to complicate the notions and uses of Disney discourse that currently make their way to the general public through the popular media". Though this was an important early step in Disney Studies, as it found it necessary to justify its legitimacy within the academy, in the intervening quarter-century, Disney Studies has established itself as a field of Animation Studies (which, simultaneously, has established itself as a branch of Film and Television Studies, as well as Cultural Studies), and is now recognized widely as a valid subject of academic enquiry in its own right. Film Studies as a whole - and Disney Studies as part of that - has also evolved in such a way that it has moved forward from insisting upon an overtly political (and therefore inherently biased) stance, and has taken up a more historically-based and/or cultural studies-based, politically-neutral approach that seeks to contextualize its subject in terms of the conditions in which the company's various outputs - animated shorts and films, theme park attractions, television shows, books, music, merchandising, and the like - have been produced, as well as understanding the audience for whom these were made initially. This is not to say that the field ignores politics - far from it - but rather that it uses political history and political theory as academic basis, rather than as a position from which to debate and opine. By looking at Disney from some of its many angles - the history and the persona of its founder, a selection of its films (from the blockbuster successes to the less than successful), its approaches to animation, its branding and fandom, and the ways that it has been understood and reinterpreted within popular culture - it is hoped that Discussing Disney offers its readers (and the field of Disney Studies) a more holistic understanding of a company that is arguably one of the most important forces within culture - popular or otherwise - within (so far) the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.
Categories: Performing Arts