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Gospel According To Disney

Author(s): Mark Pinsky

ISBN13: 9780664225919

ISBN10: 0664225918

Publisher: Veritas Warehouse - Ballycoolin D 11

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  • In this follow-up to his best-selling The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the Worlds Most Animated Family, religion journalist Mark Pinsky explores the role that the animated features of The Walt Disney Company have played in the moral and spiritual development of generations of children. Pinsky explores the religious, moral, and theological themes in 31 of the most popular Disney films, including Snow White, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Lion King, and discovers what he calls the Disney Gospel: faith that good will prevail, trust in yourself and your friends, and a little bit of something magical. Pinsky also looks at recent Disney developments, including the 1990s boycott of Disney by the Southern Baptist Convention, the impact of the theme parks on American culture, and the role that CEO Michael Eisner has played in the resurgence of the company since the mid-1980s.

    Mark Pinsky is religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and the author of the best-selling book The Gospel According to The Simpsons, and co-author of the companion study guide. His writing has appeared in Christianity Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Nation. He is a sought-after speaker at colleges, universities, and churches on the topic of religion and popular culture

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    Pinsky, Orlando journalist and author of The Gospel According to the Simpsons, sets his sights on a larger, yet more elusive target: the Magic Kingdom. As Pinsky argues, Disneys cultural influence is enormous: "millions of children around the world know much of what they do about the practical application of right and wrong from Disney." The "Disney gospel" is simple enough in outline: believe in yourself, never give up, good will be rewarded and evil punished. Unfortunately, the book bogs down amidst the massive Disney canon; and organizing it in "episode guide" format, rather than thematically, does not help. There are sparkles of marvelous, irreverent wit: "Tinker Bell, it is immediately apparent, has undergone some alterations over the decades, including breast reduction surgery and liposuction on her derriere." But for long stretches, the critical tone turns sober, even snarky, as Pinsky picks off obvious targets such as Snow Whites passivity or Mowglis haircut rather than surfacing the hidden spiritual gems he found so often in The Simpsons. Even considering the variety of Disney creations, he seems torn between admiring "Walts dream, to communicate lessons to children across cultures," and debunking its "uplifting, family-friendly fare" as "a sentimental notion-na ve at best and disingenuous at worst." Still, readers will be struck by Pinskys cogent observations about Disney classics. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

    - Publishers Weekly

    This is a comprehensive and quite readable account of the Disney Corporation in its entirety how the company began (including a brief history of Walt and Roy Disneys family), its later and current leaders (Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg), and critiques of 31 individual Disney films. Pinsky (The Gospel According to the Simpsons) also discusses how Disney, both the man and the corporation, influenced American culture and offers opinions from many political and religious leaders on whether Disney truly reflects Americas widespread Judeo-Christian background and the current political and cultural clout of the Bible Belt. Pinsky, who draws on his up-close-and-personal knowledge of religious opinion from a range of Jews, Protestants, and Catholics, seems to feel that Disney really espouses no specific religious or cultural stances, although groups on both the left and the right would presumably beg to differ. Each reader can decide. The chapter titled "The Baptist Boycott" is particularly well done and contains enough fodder for another entire book. For public libraries. Mary Prokop, Savannah Country Day Sch., GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

    - Library Journal

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Gospel According To Disney