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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Section 8, Group 2, Disney group

Alright Section 8, Group 2, Disney mid term group. You can post here whatever you want about your movie and what you are contributing to the project.

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  1. I chose the Lion King and reporting a philosophers outlook on this movie. My contribution would be that I will write something about the philosophy behind my movie. I will speak in class about my chosen movie and how it should be viewed in a broader perspective. I will also link a few internet sources in this comment here that I find interesting and related to my topic. http://thephilosopherexamines.blogspot.com/2011/03/lion-king.html <- this blog here is fairly interesing and takes a totally different view on this seemingly simple childrens movie. It goes through and explains many different character choices and the philosophy behind each one. This article here http://www.crossroad.to/text/articles/tsbtlk96.html gives a more religious view on the Lion King and also is very interesting. Though this movie seems simple at first when you start to truly look into the characters, plot and philosophy behind it all, it actually may be something completely different.

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  2. I have chosen to report of the Philosophical aspect of Frozen. I will write and discuss on the Fear vs. Love topic that is seen in the movie. I found a blog that discusses this topic and is quite interesting, http://fiddlrts.blogspot.com/2014/01/fear-and-love-unexpected-message-of.html. Also I will discuss the blueprint for a Shakespearean Tragedy and how Frozen's plot line largely follows this trend. I find the movie Frozen to be much more fascinating with this trend in mind. Fear is Elsa's enemy throughout the movie, but in the end it is love that is able to overcome her fear.

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  3. I have chosen to do a philosophical perspective of the Disney movie Mulan. My contribution will be that I will speak to the class and explain how the movie is an excellent representation of civil disobedience. I will also explain key points in the movie that show evidence of civil disobedience such as how she broke the law, why and for what purpose, and how she accepted her consequences as a result. I did not find many blogs pertaining to this topic that were relevant to what we have learned, but I did however find philosophical quotes in the movie which can be related to topics of importance that he have discussed. (http://thoughtcatalog.com/christopher-hudspeth/2013/07/25-wise-philosophical-quotes-from-disney-movies/)

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  4. Keeping with the Disney theme of my group’s midterm project, I will be analyzing the philosophical principles present in the movie James and the Giant Peach. The movie is based on the book by author Roald Dahl who is famous for writing many children’s books of note, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In James and the Giant Peach, a young boy has to live with his cruel aunts after a rhinoceros from the sky murders his parents. He is treated very poorly, and longs to escape somehow. James eventually finds his exit by a giant peach that sprouted as a result of a bag of crocodile tongues given to him by an old man. Within the peach is a group of giant insects that James must now assimilate into in order to travel away with them. I believe that his escape from what he thought was the world he was destined to exist in is similar, in nature, to Plato’s cave metaphor. It simply took going against the accepted norms for James to escape the unfair treatment of his aunts. Furthermore, James must now assimilate into his newfound family, the bugs inside the peach. He builds rapport by assisting each of his new friends with a dilemma. All the while, they are traveling to New York, a place far from the place where James was living with his aunts, offering a chance of a new start. All the while he must face the same rhinoceros from the sky that killed his parents. I feel that him facing this fear is the philosophical equivalent to what anyone would have to face should they choose to steer his life in a new direction contrary to what he had known his entire life.

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  5. I have chosen to report the philosophical aspect of Disney's Alice in Wonderland. In this movie the character Alice poses as a philosophical figure because she is constantly question the new world that she is in. She is a figure that does not settle for not being aware of the surrounding laws of nature so she investigates the constant theories that are represented around her. Alice never once hesitated and tried to correct the people with her previous preconceptions of what she was taught in the real world. As she does this, Alice shows that is readily able to encounter the reality that is presented. This is an act that many philosophers can respect and consider this the most important “intellectual virtue” which is an important trait to have because it helps to distinguish the truth.
    I found a blog that is beneficial to this report, http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/04/03/alice-in-wonderland-and-philosophy/, as well as a website that has many philosophical quotes from the movie itself, http://quotations.about.com/od/moretypes/a/alice1.htm.

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  6. I have chosen to report the philosophical aspect of Disney's Alice in Wonderland. In this movie the character Alice poses as a philosophical figure because she is constantly question the new world that she is in. She is a figure that does not settle for not being aware of the surrounding laws of nature so she investigates the constant theories that are represented around her. Alice never once hesitated and tried to correct the people with her previous preconceptions of what she was taught in the real world. As she does this, Alice shows that is readily able to encounter the reality that is presented. This is an act that many philosophers can respect and consider this the most important “intellectual virtue” which is an important trait to have because it helps to distinguish the truth.
    I found a blog that is beneficial to this report, http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/04/03/alice-in-wonderland-and-philosophy/, as well as a website that has many philosophical quotes from the movie itself, http://quotations.about.com/od/moretypes/a/alice1.htm.

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  7. Our group decided to do our project on the philosophical lessons in different Disney movies. The Disney movie I chose to report on was The Beauty and the Beast. You would be hard pressed to find a Disney movie that doesn't have some ethic or moral lesson tied into it and this classic tale is no different. The Beauty and the Beast is the story of a handsome prince who is turned into a beast for showing cruelty to a enchantress disguised as a beggar. The Beast must learn to love someone or be loved by someone to break the curse.The most evident lesson and philosophy in this movie is that one cannot judge a book by its cover. It teaches us that we must not make judgements based solely on outward appearances but look on the inside to discover the true nature of a person. Belle, the heroine in the tale is at first pitted between to possible love interests, Gaston and the Beast. While Gaston is outwardly strong and handsome in appearance, on the inside he is cruel man with ill morals. Beast on the other hand is the opposite. His outward appearance suggests he is a monster, but on the inside he is found to have a heart of gold. Belle is at first put off by his frightening appearance, but as the movie goes and she gets to know the Beast, she looks inside of him to see his true beauty and falls for him, thus breaking the curse set on him by the enchantress and setting him free.

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