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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 63; doi:10.3390/h5030063

“After Ever After”: Social Commentary through a Satiric Disney Parody for the Digital Age

Department of English, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
Academic Editor: Claudia Schwabe
Received: 2 April 2016 / Revised: 18 July 2016 / Accepted: 19 July 2016 / Published: 27 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture)
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“If you’ve ever wondered why Disney tales all end in lies,” then ask YouTube artist Paint—aka Jon Cozart. He has created a video for YouTube.com that re-imagines what happened after four of Disney’s leading ladies’ “dreams came true.” Continuing a tradition that is as old as the tales he sings about, the artist combines characters and melodies that have become culturally ubiquitous since the media domination of the Disney Corporation with an interpretation of the material that tries to make sense of the world in which it exists. Continuing the criticisms of post-modernism and feminist theory, Cozart challenges the “happily ever afters” that have become the stock endings for the genre. Through comedic satire he creates parodied storylines that bring four animated princesses out of their Disney realms and into the real world where they must deal with environmental destruction, racism, and colonialism, among other issues. The use of a video-sharing site such as Youtube.com not only allows for the expanded distribution of fan-created material, but it also directly addresses a wider audience than traditional oral story tellers could possibly reach: the Internet. This case study looks at the ways in which the global recognition of Disney culture allows for the creation of social commentary through familiar and beloved characters, while an increasingly digitally-connected world impacts the capabilities and understanding of both the creator and the viewers of the material. While far from being a new phenomenon, the reinterpretation of fairy tales takes on content and a form that reflects the increasingly globalized and digitized world in Cozart’s Disney parody. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital fairy tales; social commentary; Disney; satire; digital storytelling; Cozart; YouTube digital fairy tales; social commentary; Disney; satire; digital storytelling; Cozart; YouTube
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Schroeder, K. “After Ever After”: Social Commentary through a Satiric Disney Parody for the Digital Age. Humanities 2016, 5, 63.

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