Depictions of non-Western musical cultures in Disney's film music of the 1990's
Roca, Roxanne Elizabeth
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This thesis examines the depictions of non-Western musical cultures in the following Disney films: Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and Mulan (1998). Since these films are targeted at children, they need to be investigated in terms of what messages they communicate and how these messages are perceived by young audiences. This research includes close examination of the films in question, as well as literature on Orientalism, Exoticism, Disney history, and child aesthetics and cognition. Additionally, interviews were conducted with children aged four through eleven. This research highlights the importance of cross-cultural collaborations and further investigation into children's music.
Thesis (M.M.)--Boston University