R. O. Blechman on Disney

“Perhaps Disney’s greatest failure was not so much in what he did or didn’t do stylistically, but in what he undid. The great folk tales, the mythologies, the essential dreams and fears and hopes that are transmitted from one generation to another verbally and orally – all were transmogrified to mouse size.

In his book, The Disney Version (1968), Richard Schickel writes: ‘He could make something his own, all right, but that process nearly always robbed the work at hand of its uniqueness, of its soul, if you will. In its place he put jokes and songs and fright effects, but he always seemed to diminish what he touched.'”

— R. O. Blechman (via)