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Meryl Streep’s Comments Belie More Than Ignorance of Walt Disney

Meryl Streep's Comments Belie More Than Ignorance of Walt Disney

The now-infamous
comments by Meryl Streep
 last Tuesday at the National Board of Review
regarding Walt Disney set in motion a flurry of corrections from esteemed
sources such as
Floyd Norman
, who knew Walt personally.

It matters not whether Streep (pictured above, from the forthcoming Disney release Into The Woods) felt correct in accusing a
dead man of things that have long been disproven, rather, it displays a
shocking aversion to simple fact-checking that anybody familiar with Google can
perform. 

This is regrettably an all-too-common fact of life when it
comes to animation; simple fact-checking is ignored in a way that seems to
suggest a blasé attitude to a legitimate artistic technique.

How often is the latest DreamWorks film casually mentioned
in the press as a Pixar film? How quickly are cartoons lambasted for content that
is openly tolerated and accepted in live-action?

It almost seems that plenty of people simply couldn’t be
bothered to do their homework when it comes to animation. Does the industry
truly face the challenge of fighting ambivalence?

In a way it does. Animation is an industry that’s small and
close-knit. People within it and with an interest in it are knowledgeable, but
those on the outside are not, and far too prone to simply making assumptions.
Live-action is large enough to support a level of general knowledge within the
population. Animation is not, and it suffers because of it.

This is why Streep’s comments are so infuriating; they
highlight, yet again, that animation and the people within it aren’t held to
the the same standards as others in the entertainment industry.


Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly.

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Comments

ITTY UP

"And Hollywood has ALWAYS hated Walt Disney,
and in my next film I'm going to show you WHY.
Stanley Kubrick always told people,
—————WALT DISNEY was the ONLY real artist Hollywood ever produced."
JAY WIEDNER
Jeff Rense radio
Jan. 09, 2014

SO much for the 'on board' STREEP,
————and creatively bankrupt,
———————-Globalist franchise slum MAFIA run,
—————–EUGENICS agenda promoting, Hollywood generally.

Jenny

Oh screw you, Meryl Streep cited letters and anecdotes from people who knew Disney personally. I don't know what fact-checking you are talking about, but it seems you are the one who needs to do some fact checking before writing posts like this.

Kevin

Then, why not include some of these facts in your short post? It's so easy to prove her wrong because they can easily be found with a Google search and yet you leave it at that.

Meryl Streep is wrong because I say so. She upset me. And I think there's stuff that is accepted as true on the internet that will show I am right but I don't know what exactly. That is what this post is essentially.

Terrence

This isn't about animation. I'm not sure why Streep's outrage is any more egregious than any other meme propagation. It's not about animation; it's about perpetrating half-truths. It happens every day on the Internet.

Attacking Disney isn't any worse than attacking any other public figure, based on half-truths. Chris Rock's comments about voice acting were far more disdainful of this art form than anything Streep said.

mark trost

Now you know how anyone on the right feeels everyday.

ÖH

"Animation is an industry that's small and close-knit. People within it and with an interest in it are knowledgeable, but those on the outside are not, and far too prone to simply making assumptions. Live-action is large enough to support a level of general knowledge within the population. Animation is not, and it suffers because of it."

I completely disagree with this assessment. The percentage of talentless hacks making animated films is the same percentage of talentless hacks making live-action films. Animation production teams don't beam in from some distant Talent Planet, far removed from the gene pool and societal influences of knuckle dragging live-action production teams. You don't have to be directly involved in making a film of either variety to know when something stinks, although the percentage of outsiders who are unable to tell the difference between a fresh, stimulating concept and recycled hack work will naturally be higher than the percentage of outsiders who are able to tell the difference. The animation industry doesn't suffer because it is misunderstood, it suffers because there are many frustrated, talented people making sub par committee films.

Perhaps like many celebrities, Streep is a closet communist and that's why she feels persecuted by Disney.

Luis

This article is pretty correct and the first comment is a terrible joke presumably by a terrible person.

Butt!

Yeah, but she's a famous three time oscar winning woman who knows everything, so STFU. JK.

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