Walt Disney’s “not so secret” secret green messages

Earlier today I had the privilege of meeting many of the management from Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Animal Programs. It’s amazing how much stuff is going on there that we in Disney fandom, let alone the general public, just don’t hear about. But more on that in later posts as we near Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 10th anniversary.

Upon return to my computer, it seemed more than a little synchronized that the Times UK chose today to run a story on David Whitley’s new book "The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation".

His book … argues that the films’ cute animals have systematically encouraged generations of children to ally themselves with the natural world and protect it.

Dr Whitley singled out Bambi, which was released in 1942, as particularly influential, saying that many green activists had credited it as the inspiration that first made them interested in environmental issues.

I’m not sure there was anything secret about Walt’s desire to install in the world’s youth a love of nature. It’s only natural Walt would use the medium he was best suited at to do so, animation and film.

“You’ve probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.”
— Walt Disney

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2 thoughts on “Walt Disney’s “not so secret” secret green messages

  1. Disney Fan Central

    I, Too, Credit Walt Disney With My

    Photo by mattwitmer [Flickr] The current post on The Disney Blog regarding Walt Disney’s green propaganda, if you will, in films got me to thinking about how Disney has made me more green aware over the course of my life.

  2. Carrie

    I have a book by Walt Disney from the 50s and its called Worlds of Nature. Its not a typical disney book and I cant find it anywhere. Anyone ever seen this?

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