There Is a Disney Song for That.
Culture — even and especially mainstream pop culture — serve as beacons of specific things and times and places and geographies and subsets of populations. That’s why the nostalgia of Trapper Keepers is so powerful for some and totally void of meaning for pretty much everyone else. Pop culture is a reference point, a set of commonalities uncommon to most. And then there are the rare exceptions to this observational rule. Those references, those icons whose meaning transcends the boundaries of decades, of national borders, of language and of socioeconomic status. Inside this exclusive group resides a cultural iconography that freely crisscrosses the boundaries more than Disney.
Within the vast and intricate canon stemming from the imagination and fortitude of Walt Disney, the animated films rise above the rest. The plots, the characters and the music resonate with a frequency that allow these cultural beacons are a beautiful oddity of shared references. Perhaps it’s because behind the marketing spends, fairy tale endings and talking animals, these movies relate to the human experience at the core. Love, jealousy, power, redemption — all themes in every life in every walk of life. Derision, consequences, dreams — these are the things that we all share.
To explore this, I put together There’s A Disney Song for That one day (with the help of the husband and the support of my office). This ‘tip of the iceberg’ experience is meant to demonstrate that for a cultural token to transcend the bounds of time-place-age-sex-money, it must speak to the human experience.