Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A pentadic criticism of three Disney/Pixar films: Spirituality and environmentalism in "Monsters, Inc.", "Finding Nemo", and "WALL-E"
by Heffington, Benjamin D. A., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2015, 95; 1596960
Abstract (Summary)

Many messages can be found when viewing films in popular culture. Disney remains one of the more examined entities which creates, produces, and disseminates such films. Using the pentadic method this thesis examines three such films by Disney/Pixar, which are Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. While these films have been examined for spiritual and religious themes, as well as messages relating to environmental consciousness, no researchers have tried to connect the two. By comparing the dominant elements in each film, this project discovers the films do link environmental responsibility to spiritual responsibilities. Furthermore, the viewing audience could extract several messages relating to commitment and faith in religion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hardy-Short, Dayle C.
Commitee: Short, C. Brant, Umphrey, Laura R.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: School of Communication
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Religion, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Rhetoric, Film studies
Keywords: Burke, Christianity, Disney/pixar, Environment, Pentad, Spirituality
Publication Number: 1596960
ISBN: 978-1-321-99126-0
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