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Re: Shakespearean Disney
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0548.  Tuesday, 21 June 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jun 1994 10:41:50 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespearean Disney
 
(2)     From:   Luc Borot <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jun 1994 20:37:59 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0545  Re: Shakespearean Disney
 
(3)     From:   William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
        Date:   Monday, 20 Jun 94 19:14 CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0545  Re: Shakespearean Disney
 
 
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From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jun 1994 10:41:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespearean Disney
 
Dear Lynn Parks,
 
I've not seen *The Lion King*, but an article in the Arts and Entertainment
section of this Sunday's New York Times briefly addresses the parallel to
*Hamlet*.  *Lady and the Tramp*, for you true trivia lovers, has a few
borrowings from *Romeo and Juliet*.  Perhaps we can look forward to Disney's
Bardworld coming soon to a rural countryside near you? Imagine the rides:
Comedy of Errors bumper cars, Prospero's Isle o' Fun and Redemption, Macbeth's
House o' Blood, the Hall of Critical Precedents.
 
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us paws.
 
Cheers,
Do(u)g Lanier
 
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From:           Luc Borot <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jun 1994 20:37:59 +0100
Subject: 5.0545  Re: Shakespearean Disney
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0545  Re: Shakespearean Disney
 
Patricia Gallagher <
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>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.
 
Are the 1H4 boon companions really so evil as that, Patricia? They may be
non-conform, but they DO help Hal to achieve his own conception of kingship (I
keep repeating my students that the key-line in 1+2H4 and H5 is 'I know you
all'). Falstaff is a surrogate father, as trillions of others have said before
me, and that Erlkoenig (or Harlequin) is indeed both an evil and a beneficient
agent in the symbolic economy of the play.
 
To get back to the Disney flick of more than Hamletish after- (or afore-)
taste, I think that anti-stratfordians and stratfordians alike (I like to
reconcile enemies with irony, which is indeed ironical) should be reconciled on
this issue! The Whats-His-name-again Birthplace Trust, the heirs to Anthony
Bacon and the umpteenth Earl of Oxon. should all sue the Disney sharks for
pillaging the family jewels, and claim royalties.
 
Irony apart, I think this flick should be added to the spinoff list, if the
people who see it think it should. I don't think it will reach the shores of
FroggishLand before Christmas, but as I unfortunately have no kids I shan't go
to see it (I don't like long toon films).
 
Enjoy yourselves and drink it cool (but strong)!
 
                                                Luc
 
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From:           William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
Date:           Monday, 20 Jun 94 19:14 CDT
Subject: 5.0545  Re: Shakespearean Disney
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0545  Re: Shakespearean Disney
 
Can't we get real?  Disney is the total negation of what, I think, we are all
about.  This is more than a joke; it shows, I fear, what the study and teaching
of Shakespeare has sunk to.  I mentioned "The Lion King" and +Hamlet+ to my
grad. students this morning.  They groaned!!  These are the shock troops; they
teach our 16s and plus.  Let us not give aid and comfort to the enemy!
 
William Proctor Williams
Northern Illinois University
TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET
 

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