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Re: Shakespearean Disney
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0545.  Monday, 20 June 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 15:38:23 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
 
(2)     From:   Larry Schwartz <
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 19:46:44 -0500
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(3)     From:   Patricia Gallagher <
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 22:33:50 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Shakespearean Disney
 
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 23:41:48 -0500 (EST)
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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 15:38:23 -0300
Subject: 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
 
Regarding parallels with The Lion King:
 
What about Morgan, et. al, in Cymbeline?  They seem to form a sort of academy
that the heirs (Posthumous and Imogen) pass through and learn from.  I don't
know what Imogen learns, but Posthumous seems at least partially redeemed in my
eyes by his association with these foils to the poisoned court.
 
        Anyway, just my 2c worth.
        Sean Lawrence.
 
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From:           Larry Schwartz <
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Date:           Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 19:46:44 -0500
Subject: 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
 
Today's (6/19) NYTimes' Arts & Leisure section has a front-page, above-the-fold
story about "The Lion King," addressing its Shakespearean parallels, as well as
its suitability for children.  As Joe Bob Briggs would say, "check it out!"
 
Larry Schwartz, Humanities Librarian
North Dakota State University
 
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From:           Patricia Gallagher <
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Date:           Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 22:33:50 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Shakespearean Disney
 
I saw "The Lion King" last week, and there are allusions to "Hamlet". In fact,
the NY Press commented on it before the film opened (and I believe the Disney
Organization is confirming the Shakespearean influence). I do think that, while
there might be some loose referencing to Henry IV, Part, I, it is a stretch.
The companions are not evil, and in fact, aid Simba in his attempt to recover
his throne.
 
By the way, a few years ago, I was with a very young (3 and 1/2 years old)
friend of mine, and I wanted to watch a version of "Hamlet" that was airing on
PBS. I explained the plot to her, in advance, as the story of a man whose
father was killed by his uncle. That the uncle then married the man's mother,
and that, as a result the man didn't like his uncle at all. She accepted that
plot summary (brief as it was), watched the story with me (we explained Ophelia
when we got to it), and the next day was the only child in her nursery school
who knew who Shakespeare is.
 
Patricia E. Gallagher
 
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From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Sunday, 19 Jun 1994 23:41:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0541  Shakespearean Disney
 
To Lynn Parks:
 
The front page of today's Arts and Leisure section of the NY Times is headlined
"A Bambi for the `90's Via Shakespeare" and contains a story about the "Hamlet"
animated film THE LION KING.  The point is to defend the film against those who
think the death of the father too brutal for young eyes.  But your point is
clearly made as well.
 
Best,
Milla Riggio
 

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