Show Business: The Films: No Longer for the Jung at Heart

Disney movies succeed not merely because they appeal to the least common denominator, but because Walt Disney Productions carefully—and exclusively —addresses itself to the most common problem of the entertainment consumer: "Where can we take the kids?" In order to do so, the corporation has sacrificed creative vitality, cultural relevance and its former, justifiable pretensions to genuine, if inevitably industrialized, artistry. Which is a way of saying that somewhere along the road to its present, seemingly invincible prosperity, it lost its soul.

That soul, on the evidence of the early short cartoons—made before...

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