While Disney’s sleeping heroine films—Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Sleeping Beauty 1959)—are often dismissed as repeating a capitalistic narrative, the rapid acceleration of environmental degradation across the globe is grounds enough to reexamine both films with an ecocritical lens. Using an interpictorial approach, this article offers a new way of viewing how nature was constructed in the films’ storyboards while tracing connections with period-specific advertisements. Illustrations of wild nature expand the possibilities for troubling Disney’s brand of villainized wilderness. But period advertisements implicate humankind’s growing responsibility for the harm done to the planet.
Harris, Rachel. "Imprints from Book Illustration and Advertisement: Eco-Sources in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Heroine Films." Marvels & Tales 36.2 (2023). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol36/iss2/7>.