Sunday, January 18, 2009

Disney Extremes

The turning fiction into something to be admired and used at the same time, acted upon and simultaneously inspiring awe, comes relevant to the mentioned Walt Disney’s speech on Mickey Mouse’s twentieth birthday, to his elevation of the mouse from “means to end”, to a creature eternally deserving: a creature by himself. Disney created Mickey for a purpose, but eventually elevated him above all purposes. Mickey was born for the sake of utility and ultimately liberated of all utility: another highly revealing instance of Walt Disney’s power to juggle extremes, to slip them into each other, or to identify them, something he needed to do, apparently, throughout his life.

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