Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Disney Great and Disney Small

     Bruno Girveau wisely mentions (" Il Etait Une Fois Walt Disney"), that the castle (le chateau)  dominated the imaginary of Walt Disney's films, since the beginning, to the point of eventually becoming  "the nevralgic center of Disney parks, sharing, with Mickey, the honor of figuring the emblem of the Walt Disney co. 

      This tells us something more of Walt Disney as a man of extremes, someone that could see the immensity of the small (Mickey, miniatures, toys) and that of the great alike. A mouse and a castle: the prosaic and the noble; the domestic, kitchen-like  coexisting with the royal heights, both fraternalized by fantasy. But when we think that Mickey in his smallness has heroic greatness and that the castles of Disney parks are toy-like, we see, in Disney fantasy, the generosity saints have of loving the great and small alike, to the point of giving to both the same attributes.
    Can one conclude that the reality of fantasy, that which only  visionaries and poets have access to, was, with Disney, the love of absolute reconciliation, that which, paradise like, allows all opposites to complement, rather than oppose, one another, all conflicts to be resolved, and all "impossibilities" become miracles?

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