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JIP | Talk 09:05, 3 October 2005 (UTC)

Variations on Definition[edit]

The Pop-culture definition of Disneyfication or Disneyize, in my opinion, would have more to do with the editing of content in their movies, the changing of endings, and the refusal to release controversial material like Fahrenheit 9/11 or Song of the South. I would like a broader viewpoint as this is how I have heard it refered to, by Scociology Professors, John Q. Publics, and a few Disney Park Employees and not the current definition on the page. ~anonymous 14 Sept 2006

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Yeah, Disneyfication is being mixed up with Disneyization. Disneyfication is the 'Disneyfying' of stories, whilst Disneyization is the term display here as Disneyfication.

I tried to correct this, and wrote this below for the article, however it keeps getting reverted. Perhaps someone with more knowledge of Wikipedia will know what to do.

Disneyfication (not to be confused with Disneyization) is a pejorative term which describes the transformation of existing literary and cultural stories into into a childlike, family, perhaps simpler, form. It is in reference to the Disney catalogue of movies, which takes traditional literature and stories and makes them light-hearted, comedic (often including the funny or cute sidekick) and suitable for childrens viewing - sometimes in contrast to the original story.

Disneyfication may be accused of sanitizing history or literature, Americanizing it, or making it overly saccharine. Richard Schickel, in his book 'The Disney Version' most scathingly attacks Disneyfication, explaining that "magic, mystery, individuality, were consistently destroyed when a literary work passed through this machine that had been taught there was only one correct way to draw."

Opponants argue that Walt Disney is just the latest in a long line of storytellers, and in opposition to accusations that his retelling of fairy tales ruins them, identify that the Brothers Grimm were not the authors of their fairytales, but rather were the first to compile and transcribe them. The stories originally passed orally between storytellers, each changing and modifying them as they saw fit. Walt Disney is just continuing this tradition. However, this arguement does not refer to the Disneyfication of more modern literature, such as Disney's animated movies of The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Tarzan. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:21, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

I agree that it is really confusing, Disneyization vs. Disnefication. I noticed though that both are mentioned in the article. I thought it was more about commercialization of the childhood experience rather than the brand itself. Or does it mean to pass an old story into a Disney filter? I'm confused but will read up on it. Warren (talk) 18:00, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Is each fact referenced with an appropriate, reliable reference? Your references seem to be unclear and insufficient because there are no links to them so I may reference them. Also, your text is missing some citations such as when you mention "theming" and "merchandising".Asanc382 (talk) 19:44, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
@Asanc382: A good start, but you really need to write more and be more explicit with your comments. Maybe offer places to go to for citations? Or explain what you mean by the references being "unclear and insufficient"? Alfgarciamora (talk) 15:23, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

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