September 19, 2002
The Mouse, That War

The new Disney version of Snow White in which "...she discovers that her stepmother is plotting against her and escapes to mainland China, where she seeks solace with seven Shao Lin monks..." is a terrifying image of two things that should never come together. It's like walking in on your parents fucking, somehow.

But this dissonant convergence of Disney with Japanese-Pop-Show-Martial-Arts combat is the emerging rule, not the exception. Because it's wildly successful when it goes interactive, and Donald Duck, Peter Pan, and Dumbo get their war faces on. See this through. Think Super-Pop Pooh-Bear but with teeth, you know what I'm saying?

Where the Disney brand cops were sleeping when some of these guys came to life is beyond me, but it's maybe best that way. Because there's a naughty and visceral excitement to the vision of Goofy dancing in the proximity of a razor-sharp chunk of metal. Not to mention the mouth of Hell.

In any case, it's all good preparation for the war propaganda we're certain to see come down the pike. And in certain cases already have.

Posted by at September 19, 2002 06:53 PM

One man's dissonance is another culture's harmony. Our cultural hegemony is teetering on the brink (China has 1.3 billion potential moviegoers) and this Disney offering (and this Mirimax import) are just the beginning.

It's going to be fun to have another culture's value system shoved down our throats for a change.

Posted by: tmonkey on September 19, 2002 08:02 PM
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