Monday, May 5, 2014

Abandoned by Disney and Room Zero

            Disneyfication has often been demonized in modern cultures. We are sick to death of the saccharine sweet plume of smoke that the house of the mouse gives as it gently burns. It has often been criticized in scholarly articles, parodied in a lot of different media, analyzed and my favorite creepified (which isn't a real word but I'm going with it). Two pieces bring out the idea of demonizing disneyfication the best, namely Abandoned by Disney and Room Zero.
            To start, Abandoned by Disney perfectly entangles the idea of disnifying everything. You may not know that Disney did own a part in Baker's Bay in Bermuda where they were going to make another park. If you wish to look it up, please do. The story (while spending most of its time in the pits of the disneified jungle) talks about why the park itself failed. This was namely due to the fact that Disney wanted to make Bermuda into Jungle Book themed, meaning that a lot of the Disney cast would be dressing in rather primitive and insensitive wear. Disney is taking the "real" place and essentially making it a fantasy world, thus making the overall place hyper real (if not in a racist way), giving the people who would visit Treasure Island (as it was called), a sense of what they were going for. Although, I think this is merely hyperbolic, the author does show a way to make hyperbolic jabs at the Disney corporation.
            However, the most interesting and the one that goes off the handle in terms of demonizing Disney, is Room Zero, starting off from the point of Abandoned by Disney and adding real creepy elements about Disney, one being the Mickey gas mask. I honestly didn't know this was a real thing until Robin DeRosa (a person in which if you are not in her class will not know, but should) told me it was, and honestly this makes the video even creepier. The story explains that the gas mask was used to make sure (in case of a disaster, such as a bomb or the like), the children wouldn't be too frightened because of a thin layer of Disney was placed over the coat of a gas mask. In other words the gas masks themselves were created to look like Mickey. So, we see here that they are Dignifying a disaster, and one line really brings out the potency of the overall thing "". The idea that Disney was trying to market at that point, kinda busts open the idea that they are making the disaster a bit more marketable. Which, really is funny when looking at the things, because they creepy.
they are, let them haunt your dreams. Mwahahahaha
            The next point I want to bring up is both Club 22 and the dead mascots. Let's start with the mascots because its a big pile of creepy, mainly because its mixing an illusion with the real. In the story, we see the narrator explaining that from time to time, mascots seem to die at Disney. Of course, people die everywhere, but instead of just calling an ambulance and breaking the illusion of the "happiest place on Earth." We instead see that they play pretend and make it seem like nothing is wrong. Often having another mascot stay with them and play pretend with the kiddies. He even describes the "photo ops with the corpses" where he breaks the illusions of the photos, saying that you should, "feel free to check your photo albums at this point" (Toxxiclullaby).
            Lastly, the "dark side of Disney," is probably the most calm of most of the things explained here. There is simply the idea that Disney isn't as squeaky clean as we all think it is. This one is less frightening and more interesting. As most people who studied Disney probably know, that there are adult apartments and night clubs built secretly into Disney, such as Club 22. These are "spots where the squeaky clean visage of Mickey Mouse gives way to drinking, drugs and yes, sex,( Toxxiclullaby), as stated by the piece. I love this part because the real, unDisney side is just part of the background where everything goes into a furnace and burns coming up through a village chimney and being breathed in by patrons. The illusion of Disney is maintained, even after the visage is corrupted, and Disney allows this, only to keep up the appearance of proper Disney the next morning, and I love this breakup of the illusion, namely that "if you've been to Disney world, you've breathed ultra-condensed sin" (Toxxiclullaby). That just blurs the lines for me, the illusion and the real mixing in one breath, making for a somewhat creepy tale.
            These stories thrive on the demonizing of Disney's hyper real. They break down the illusion that Disney is trying to create and creates this horror on what Disney's image could be. Honestly, check out both of these videos, they deserve your views and your time. The real of Disney is hardly that strange, but to think what happens behind the "happiest place on Earth." Can be creepy.
            Of course, these aren't all the creepiness or demonizing that I could pull out of these stories, but they are the most pertinent to talk about. The movies are posted above if you want to watch the full "creepy pastas." Perhaps, you could pull out of these stories why Disney is the devil (sorry, Chernabog, how many people will get that joke), and how we can all look at Disney with more of a tilted eye. Enjoy, your nightmares...

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