The Meaning

Part two of the book explores the cultural meaning of Disney’s live-action work. From The Absent-Minded Professor to Zorro, Walt Disney instilled in his productions a consistent moral vision with few parallels in the rest of Hollywood. Many of his films provided subtle commentary and the problems facing post-World War II America. They taught pressing lessons about the nature of virtue and vice in the modern world. They steadfastly—and sometimes rather eloquently—upheld the democratic ideals upon which America is premised.