What’s a Disney Villains Scholar?

There is no set definition of a Disney scholar or Disney Villains Scholar (as far as I’m aware). To me, being a Disney Villains Scholar means I like to look and analyze Disney Villains from an academic, theory, media studies, and cultural studies lens. I like to get into the nitty gritty of why they are represented the ways they are, where the patterns are between the different characters throughout the generations, and more.

If you were to search Disney Villains or Disney Villains scholar you’ll see I’m not the only one doing this work. There are academic and research heavy books about villains, about Disney villains. The research really intrigues me and I have a stack of books I’m working to read about it. In the future I plan to break it down to encourage others to read these books and think about Disney villains and why / how they were created and designed in different lights.

In the meantime, you can check out my Disney villain specific blog, podcast, and Instagram below.

Instagram handle: @wofdisvillains

Blog: http://www.wonderfulworldofdisneyvillains.com

Tangled and Lilo & Stitch Adoption Narratives The Wonderful World of Disney Villains

Welcome back!   November is National Adoption month so we are talking about adoption narratives in Disney movies and TV shows (there are a lot, btw).   I’m joined by guest Lauren, a fellow adoptee, to discuss two Disney movie adoption narratives in depth: Lilo and Stitch and Tangled.   Follow Lauren and get her book, Inconvenient Daughter. Website: https://theljsharks.com/  Instagram: @theljsharks    You can find the podcast online: Website: http://www.wonderfulworldofdisneyvillains.com  Instagram: @wwofdisvillains   Time Stamps: 00:00 – Intro 02:37 – Lauren’s intro 03:07 – How do we identify adoption in Disney movies and TV for this conversation? 07:49 – Let’s talk about the movies Lilo and Stitch and Tangled 08:52 – Lilo and Stitch summary and Lauren’s reaction 19:55 – Discussion on the adoption and child protective services representation in the film 28:40 – Tangled summary and Lauren’s reaction 45:56 – Discussion on adoption, gas lighting, abusive relationships, Rapunzel’s lack of agency, and more 55:44 – Are movies like Tangled triggering to adoptees and domestic abuse/family abuse survivors? Only showing certain adoption tropes, family reunion scenes, no mourning for the parent who raised them – only the parent who gave birth to them 59:42 – Lion King 2 and Simba’s trauma 01:07:06 – How media influences society’s perception of adoptees. What would an authentic adoption story be like? What are things writers need to factor in to portray an accurate and authentic adoption story? If you want to learn more about Lauren’s adoption story and my own adoption story listen to the Janchi Show podcast!  Lauren’s guest appearance on Episode 23 My guest appearance on Episode 28
  1. Tangled and Lilo & Stitch Adoption Narratives
  2. What‘s with all the Cinderella Movies?
  3. Disney & Women in STEM w/Naomi
  4. Is Cruella de Vil a Redeemable Character?
  5. Disney Makeup: Princesses & Villains

Published by Kaytie

Disney scholar, mom, educator, and Disney villain fan.

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