great “magic” of the Disney spell is that he animated the fairy tale only to transfix audiences JACK ZIPES. Breaking the Disney Spellt. It was not once upon a. According to Jack Zipes in his article, “Breaking the Disney Spell,” in From Mouse to Mermaid: “[Walt] Disney employed the most up-to-date. 2 Rumpelstiltskin and the Decline of Female Productivity. 3 Breaking the Disney Spell. 4 Spreading Myths about Iron John. 5 Oz as American Myth.

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I’m currently writing a research paper on fairytales and came across your blog.

I’m using Jack Zipes for some of my sources. I haven’t seen Puss in Boots, so I can’t comment to that specifically.

But I don’t see any reason why Disney should be condemned for appropriating a fairy tale and making it his own. That’s how we got fairy tales as we know them today, after all.

Tales of Faerie: Jack Zipes-Breaking the Disney Spell

I do believe that Walt Disney was trying to portray himself in a lot of his fairytale remakes by showing himself breaking out into the industry as the best as well as portraying the power taken from the jaco and giving power to the people.


Very well written article.

Braking see the Disney versions of these fairy tales as just another adaptation. It’s not like there weren’t popular fairy tale films before Disney started adapting them: Plus, Disney isn’t what made fairy tales a spelp thing” in the perception the general public; the Victorians had already done that decades before the Disney studio ever came to be.

A lot of films at the time would not credit the mass of people who worked on the film.

Sometimes actors could even have lines, but still not be credited bteaking their work. It was commonplace to only credit the head of a department for particular part of production. While a sad tradition, it was not Disney’s alone.

I have to admit, I have a rather defensive attitude about Disney. I have very happy memories of watching the classic films during my childhood as well as family trips to Disneyland, and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is what sparked my interest in researching the history of the fairy tale more fully, which ultimately led to this blog I would also point to Robin McKinley’s “Beauty” as my other major inspiration, but I’m honestly not sure if I would have ever read it had it not been for my love of the movie.


Breaking the Disney Spell- Jack Zipes | Fairy Tale Traditions

Not only that, but I’m not sure that all the arguments I read against Disney are that good-it seems people love to attack him simply for the sake jackk attacking him.

So, I will attempt to be as unbiased as possible and I welcome your opinions and insights in the comments as well.

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