The Influence of Elias Disney

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Walt Disney’s relationship with his father, Elias, was rocky from start to finish. Elias had been raised in a traditional mid 1800s family with conservative values. He adopted these values for his own life and family particularly basing decisions on “his morality and his politics” (The Magic Kingdom, pg 17). The strictness of his own parents translated into his parenting style, preaching the importance of respect and hard work to his children. His moderately unsuccessful business ventures left the Disney family tight for money. Due to this, the Disney children were forced to work and were unable to experience easy going childhood adventures as most children. The smallest escape from their fathers control, such as their mom secretly putting butter on their bread, seemed like a huge deal. Ultimately their fathers cheapness and constant strictness pushed the two eldest Disney boys to leave in search of freedom (The Magic Kingdom, pg 18).

After their departure, it was Walt’s turn to help support the family. Walt was forced to wake up before dawn and deliver newspapers during all seasons. Elias “ran his household with and iron fist and did not shrink from imposing his authority by physically punishment” (The Magic Kingdom, pg 19). The combination of the hard hours and weather of his job and his fear of his dad eventually scared Walt emotionally causing nightmares. With this said, Walt often remembers his dad in a positive manner and still respects him no matter what.

When i was reading about his relationship with his father, i was struck by the question, if Elias was such an important part of Walts life, how does he related to and admire Tom Sawyer so much. I believe that Walts enchantment with Tom Sawyer is party out of jealous of the life he lived. Rather than the strict, work filled and serious childhood that Walt was forced to endure, Tom got to run wild with out much adult supervision. Walt’s confinement is exactly the opposite of Toms freedom. In Marceline, Walt got a chance to live a party free life in nature, similar to Tom’s. Walt Disney ultimately loved Marceline so much because he was allowed to be a child while living there with out having to do the work. The strictness of Elias ultimately drove walt to worship independent free spirits like Tom Sawyer.

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That is such a good idea!

September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

First of all, the gall of this person to write a blog in this style on a fairly well developed and professional looking website(even though there is a thumbnail and title for an article about a new ramen store opening just under a link to a blog about burning the Koran in the “Headlines” section of the homepage).

With a grammatical error in the first paragraph, the random use of profanity that only makes it sound like they are actually putting effort into trying to find somewhere to make use of it, and a stupid effort to sound cheeky, my mind is immediately closed to any possibilities of this article being any good. Truly, why would you write a person’s name as “John” just to cross it out and write “Jon” right afterwards when this is a blog that is supposed to report factual information to the reader. It just looks like they want to sound like they don’t care or are informal, but it is simply unnecessary, distracting, embarrassing, and not clever.

Now looking at the actual topic discussed in this article, it is simply outrageous that someone actually thinks it is a good idea to replace an island in Disneyland themed after an American classic that every child and family(the key demographic of Disney) can relate to and enjoy, with….Lost. A television program that is obviously directed to an older target audience and portrays a violent and sometimes creepy environment is to replace Tom Sawyer. Brilliant idea!

These people who have created and signed a petition to bring about an attraction in Disneyland that is themed after Lost are absolutely baffling to the mind. Misspelling “television”(as “Televsion”) and “Disney”(as “Disnet”) in the title of the petition is definitely going to make people believe this is a credible and important issue to support. Continuing the petition by arguing that Disney should “Give us Die Hard LOST fans our Theme park ride!,” only emphasizes the fact that this is in no way something that is worth taking seriously. How dare they demand that an amusement park ride be created in the largest, most influential theme park in the world for a small percent of America’s population who are fans of “Die Hard” fans of a somewhat above average television show?

It’s all just like one of those lamb dishes that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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