Leading producer of childrens films feature films

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-leading producer of children's films: feature films, animations, special-effects -in order to compete with Disney etc, GDR gave them a lot of money -had to conform to political views on educating children -very early: allowed to question certain doctrines, but after an uprising in 1953 SED passed laws -1958/9: gov started to create more rigorous censorship (problem bc of capitalism values in stories) -SED criticism: vulgar materialism = harmful, hard work instead of love -SED goals: to teach children how to be active in solving the problems of socialist society in a realistic manner -1953: new, adapted version of grimms published -films intended to defamiliarize fantasy elements -fake props -cheesy costumes -alienation techniques DEFA Snow White -kitchen work shown -rich are wasteful -waste of money/resources -older queen wants to marry young prince -servants celebrate snow white's bday -bad nobility -arrogant -abusive to servants -wasteful -gluttons -two faces -good prince -humble -helpful -talks to servants and helps them -7 dwarves -individualized -mine workers -neat & tidy, clean
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-comical DEFA vs Grimms -SW/Queen rivalry for prince -father of SW is dead/absent -prince introduced early in DEFA -3 visits of queen -dwarf stumbles with casket -marriage added in DEFA -Queen lives in DEFA 2/12: Disney's Snow White Evolution of Snow White Characters -Snow White as a young girl -Snow White as a blonde -dwarves as unappealing -Queen as ugly/fat -dwarves noses Green eyes are a symbol of evil (Queen has green eyes) Dopey has blue eyes Disney himself not sexual at all, but his animators were Grimms VS Disney -adds 7 dwarfs to title -opening scene: mother eliminated -prince charming comes in at the beginning -queen comic or jealous? -competition between women -age of Snow White 2/14: More Snow White Disney's Dwarfs -messy little guys (grimm's dwarfs are clean, neat) -musical evening scene Grimm's Queen -(step)mother -proud, arrogant, envious, wicked -cannibalistic -uses witchcraft -disguises herself as an old peddler woman, old woman, peasant woman, doesnt turn into a witch -secret solitary chamber where no one ever went Disney's Queen -representing evil -scary beautiful -tall and think -angular features (well defined nose, chin, teeth and fingernails) -sexually mature body -proud, arrogant, haughty (gestural language) -jealous bc of prince -lipstick and makeup -green eyes, other green item -arched eyebrows -deep voice
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Compare to Disney villains -cinderella's step mother -malfeficent -cruella de vil -jafar -frollo Disney's good and innocent -furry woodland creatures (in pairs, mothers and babies, couples) -humans -vaguely defined, smallish nose, chin -no defined teeth, fingernails or makeup -head out of proportion to body, no torso -not sexually mature (vague age) -brown eyes, earth tones, high voice -dwarfs -earth tones -brown eyes (except dopey) -round bodies, childlike -big noses transformation of the queen -physical transformation -old hag -black cape -ravens, skulls, rats, buzzards loophole in magic spell -first kiss of true love Grimm's death of queen -wedding -red-hot iron slippers -dances to death
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