The Negative Impacts Of Walt Disney's Influence On Children

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney, fired from a newspaper company for lacking imagination and having no original ideas, is one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry and is considered to be a cultural icon throughout the world. Disney was founded on October 16th in 1923, and ‘have established themselves as a dominant leader in the American animation industry before splitting into film production, television, and theme parks’ (Wikipedia, 2015). It ranges from ‘Mickey Mouse’ to ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to ‘Cars,’ and almost everyone is familiar with something Disney related. Growing up, almost every child is a Disney fan and they view Disney as a family-friendly enterprise that does not stand for anything that could be offensive, but have they dug deep enough into this topic? One thing for sure, Disney has a positive influence on children’s lives, as well as adults, as it helps strengthen children’s communication, language, problem-solving and coping skills. ‘Different movies have been produced to serve different life and moral lessons for the audience to take with them’ (Feher, 2014). However, in the recent years, child-based movies have notably become more violent. It is crucial to understand that a lifestyle that consists mainly of spending loads of time watching movies can alter the thoughts and behavior of a child. Although there is evidence that prove Disney have negative influences, it has more of a

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