Call For Comments: The Ages of Disney

From Mav: A few weeks ago we did a whole show about he ages of superheroes and why that was different than the ages of comics. It was a show requested by friend of the show John Darowski because he suspected that, as much as comics scholars and fans use those terms, they’re not really as set in stone or understood as many people seem to think they are. He was right, not only did we have a good discussion on air, I have heard great feedback from other people. So I’m really happy we did it. BUT that made me start wondering, what other things do we take for granted that need to be explored. And then John’s brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Kestra Darowski (friends of the show and hosts of Disney Animated Minute Essentials) also suggested that we do a show talking about THEIR particular area of interest… the ages of Disney.

It turns out that Disney has similar eras or ages that are sort of taken for granted by the fandom but not strong defined. Part of this is stuff like the release of Golden Age of Disney animated films like Steamboat Willie or Snow White vs Disney Renaissance films like the Littler Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast as well. But then there’s also the advent of stuff like the park system, the transition into being a multi-media empire, and the essential takeover of American entertainment in the modern day. And then there is just the visual changes in looking at Mickey himself!

Really, there’s a lot to think about here… and even more so than with comics… since this isn’t my area… I’ve never really thought much about it.

So, that’s what we want to talk about on our next episode. What are the ages of Disney in your mind? How should they be defined? What else should we talk about with Andrew and Kestra? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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