story, but it also posed the self-reliant individual in opposition to a corrupt, bureau-cratic powet structure. EvenThe Absent-Minded Professor(1961),a particularly sillyfilm, included a subtle protest against the impersonal modern world, where the av-erage man struggled to break free of financial elites, government bureaucracy, andmachine-age anxiety.^^In the post-World War ÍI world, Disney's populism was channeled into a full-fledged defense of the "American Way of Life." This ideological influence pervadeda wave of vaguely historical Disney films. Disney's version of history revived apopulist image of the AmericanWASP"folk," surrounded them with a defensive cul-" U.S.Congress,HouseofRepresentatives,CommitteeonUn-AmericanActivities,Hearings RegardingtheCommunist Infiltrationof theMotion PictureIndustry,80Cong.,1 sess., Oct. 20-24, 27-30, 1947, pp. 280-86.3^Songof the South,dir.Wilfred Jackson (Walt DisneyProductions,1946);TheStoryofRobinHood.dir.KenAnnakin (Walt DisneyProductions,1952);Twenty Thousand Leagues underthe Sea,dir.Richard Fleischer(Walt DisneyProductions,1954);TheAbsent MindedProfessor,dir.Robert Stevenson (Walt DisneyProductions,1961).