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Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion, and Reception by W. Proctor and R. McCulloch (eds.) (2019)

Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion, and Reception by W. Proctor and R. McCulloch (eds.) (2019)

The movie Star Wars (1977) and the evolving Star Wars universe never were just films or simple family entertainment. To many fans, seemingly it became a surrogate religion or a way of life. The merchandise, action figurines, literature or cartoon adaptations and spin-offs earned George Lucas and Lucasfilm fortune after fortune (he directed and produced […]

Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation by Nicholas Sammond (2015)

Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation by Nicholas Sammond (2015)

The mere mention of the word ”minstrelsy“ brings back numerous unpleasant, racist, stereotypical and humiliating issues of the past. It is interesting to find out then, that many of the most popular cartoon characters were actually modeled on or even continued the line of minstrelsy characters: the most popular would be Walt Disney’s (early) Mickey […]

Science in Wonderland: The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain by Melanie Keene (2015)

Science in Wonderland: The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain by Melanie Keene (2015)

Mythical characters from folklore and fairy tales saw a revival unprecedented in 19th-century England. Fairies, and their realms, for many authors served as prominent means to comment on contemporary society and fairy tales were used as parables. Taking into consideration the many modern inventions such as steam engines, machines and electricity that transformed everyday life, […]