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Disney's special place in childhood




Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (centre) poses with Disney characters at the Walt Disney premiere of
Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (centre) poses with Disney characters at the Walt Disney premiere of "The Ice Princess" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
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The new, heartwarming documentary "Life, Animated" is the inspirational story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until his family discovered how classic Disney animated films tapped into a unique way of communicating with each other.

Many American children are immersed in Disney films that shape some of how they view themselves and the world around them. Whether it's the intelligence and independence of Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", the determination of Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," or an obsession with princes, these images and messages can be influential.

A recent study in the journal "Child Development" found Disney "princess culture" can be the driver of stereotypically female behaviors in girls and boys who consume more of the movies and toys. 

How has Disney influenced you or your children? How has the company changed its stories to stay with the times? AirTalk will include our resident animation and Disney expert, Charles Solomon.

Guests:

Charles Solomon, Film Critic for KPCC and Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine