ESPN and the Un-Americanisation of Global Football
This article examines the cultural politics of American soccer fandom, with specific
attention paid to the ways in which the sport is positioned and platformed by the
major sports networks, including, especially, cable televisions biggest player in the
United States, ESPN. The networks‘ failure to exploit soccer as a marketable
commodity can be traced to a persistent American futility at the sport on the
international level, but it evinces as well a larger American cultural problematic,
one in which ethnocentrism and isolationism is disguised, as it often is, as American
families (Table 8.4).
Even so, over 40 per cent of these families proved to be either long-term
transient or died out.
Four case studies examine the experience of military families.
John Carroll and the Coleman family;
the Disney family and Trench Nugent;
the Cronin family;
John Ryan and the Blundon family.
John Carroll and his integration with the Coleman family
The Catholic John Carroll has already appeared in this book because, in
Chapter 5, we saw that in 1857 Mary Coleman bigamously married John
Carroll, a ‘pensioner’. The suspicious nature
Animation is a serious business, bedevilled by popular
misconceptions that it is: (1) for children; (2) short; and (3) always
funny. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, film animation has
varied in length from the short to full-length feature, and has been
used for a variety of serious purposes, such as propaganda in Winsor
McCay’s Sinking of the Lusitania (1918), Disney’s
still come to terms of peace with their human contacts. The question of how realistic these attempts to make stories with apparently more realistic wolves actually are is not for consideration here; instead we merely note the presence of beasts capable of more than the instinct to rip throats and devour all.
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Can wolves ever be trusted? Disney's 1933 animation The Three Little Pigs gives a definite answer, and in doing so launched one of the studio's most popular songs
: ‘Den lille Havfrue’ (1837; ‘The Little Mermaid’, 1846), ‘Snedronningen’ (1844; ‘The Snow Queen’, 1847) and ‘De vilde Svaner’ (1838; ‘The Wild Swans’, 1846). The first two are the inspiration for two of the most popular Disney films of all time, The Little Mermaid (1989) and Frozen (2013), and the connection between Nordic Gothic and a global, commercial phenomenon such as Disney is one important reason behind the choice of Andersen's fairy tales for this chapter. What the literal Disneyfication of the two stories has meant for the Gothic content will be briefly
Reconceptualising British landscapes through the lens of children’s cinema
its environs evoke the Gothic –both the
horror and the fairy-tale ends of the spectrum. The castle itself mingles the French
medieval château with Scottish baronial architecture, although its most obvious antecedents are in fact Disney castles, as exemplified in Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs (William Cottrell et al., 1937), Cinderella (Clyde Geronimi et al.,
1950) and Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, 1991) –as well
as Disney’s theme parks. These are at once elaborate and simplified structures,
emphasising the outlines of pointed spires and
The Great Gatsby (1974); Something Wicked This Way Comes
1980s, with a change of management personnel at the Disney organisation,
that interest in the subject was revived. When Kirk Douglas approached
Clayton again as a possible director, he was involved in pre-production
preparation for a film, Revelations , but when that stalled, he became
available and started work again on the screenplay, from scratch, with
Bradbury. The major change they decided on at that stage was to set the
just over 2 million for the final episode of season 4 (and struggling to
reach over 5 million since season 1), has been renewed for a fifth season.
ABC's and Marvel's parent company, Disney, presumably feel the
franchise overall is worth the investment, and will doubtless reap lucrative
benefits through syndication.
Whedon, himself, has been announced as
the writer, director and producer of a stand-alone Batgirl movie for DC
pavement. I walked for fifteen minutes or so, past the neo-Gothic ‘Sunrise Hotel’, then a new electronics mall, whose automatic doors I approached deliberately to enjoy a few moments of cool from the interior’s air-conditioning.
Just beyond the mall, a fairy-tale vision arose in front of me. Against the backdrop of the Fifth Ring Road flyover stood the gothic turrets of a Disney castle in miniature; alongside them were an immobile Ferris Wheel and a brightly colourful roller coaster. This was Shijingshan Amusement Park. Any visitors lured
’ (Watercolour of Brazil, entitled simply ‘Brazil’
in the USA) was used in the soundtrack of Walt Disney’s animated Good
Neighbour Policy production, Saludos Amigos (Wilfred Jackson et
al. , 1942), and other of his compositions featured in the partially
animated feature, The Three Caballeros (Norman Ferguson et
al. , 1944). ‘Aquarela do Brasil’ (again re-titled simply
‘Brazil’) also formed part of the soundtrack of the Republic