When the Pot Plays Potter: “Isaiah”, Toy Story and Religious Socialization

by Paul Tremblay

Endnotes

1. Moser, David (Fr.). “The Pot, the Potter, and Christian Spiritual Growth.” Living Orthodoxy, 13. 1991, p. 40.

2. Kelso, J.L. “Pottery”. The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible: an Illustrated Encyclopedia. New York: Abingdon Press, 1962, p. 853.

3. Hoy, Melanie B. “Socialization”. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition. Edited by William A. Darity, Jr. Farmington Hills: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. Gale Virtual Encyclopedia.

4. Hoy, Melanie B. “Socialization”. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition. Edited by William A. Darity, Jr. Farmington Hills: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. Gale Virtual Encyclopedia, p. 646.

5. Pinksy, Mark I. The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 28.

6. Cuomo, Chris. “Spinsters in Sensible Shoes: Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” From Mouse to Mermaid: the Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture. Editors Elizabeth Bell et al. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995, p. 216.

7. Pinksy, Mark I. The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 45.

8. Dorfman, Ariel and Armand Matterlart. How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic. New York: International General, 1975. Translated from the Spanish by David Kunzle, p. 95.

9. Ackerman is of the opinion that the Christian concept of resurrection is one of the themes of the saga (898). Toys are battered, disemboweled but, like the near-dead or zombie toys in Sid’s backyard, come back to life again and again. Incidentally, Woody is destined for immortality in TS2 when he is scheduled to go to a museum, also Byrne, Eleanor and Martin McQuillan. Deconstructing Disney. London: Pluto Press, 1999, p. 128.

10. Ackerman, Alan. “The Spirit of Toys: Resurrection and Redemption in Toy Story and Toy Story 2.University of Toronto Quarterly, 74(4), 2005, p. 897.

11. Ackerman, Alan. “The Spirit of Toys: Resurrection and Redemption in Toy Story and Toy Story 2.University of Toronto Quarterly, 74(4), 2005, p. 897.

12. Studzinski, R. “Theology of Guilt.” New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd Edition (volume 6). Detroit: Thomson-Gale. 2003, p. 573.

13. For an interesting view on Humility as an aspect of the relationship between creator and created, and between humans themselves, see Gilleman, G. “Humility.” New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd Edition, Vol. 7. Washington:Thomson-Gale, 2002, p. 205.

14. See Zipes, Jack. “Breaking the Disney Spell.” From Mouse to Mermaid: The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture. Edited by Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, Laura Sells. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

15.See Zipes, Jack. Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. New York: Routledge. 2001.

16. Religious and spiritual connotations associated with both franchises abound. I wish to refer the reader to Stucky, Mark D. “He is the One: The Matrix Trilogy’s Postmodern Movie Messiah.” Journal of Religion & Film, Oct 2005, Vol. 9, Issue 2, p.13.; Wittung, Jeffery and Daniel Bramer. “From Superman to Brahman: The Religious Shift of the Matrix Mythology.” Journal of Religion & Film, Oct 2006, Vol. 10, Issue 2, p.10. for The Matrix, and Ruppersburg, Hugh. “The Alien Messiah in Recent Science Fiction Films.” Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter 87, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pp.158-166., among others, for Terminator.

17. Brasher, Branda E. “Thoughts on the Status of the Cyborg: On Technological Socialization and its Link to the Religious Function of Popular Culture”. Journal of The American Academy of Religion, LXIV(4), Winter 1996, p. 810.

18. Zipes, Jack. “Breaking the Disney Spell.” From Mouse to Mermaid: The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture. Edited by Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, Laura Sells. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

19. Zipes, Jack. Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. New York: Routledge. 2001.

20. Ward, Annalee R. Mouse Morality: the Rhetoric of Disney Animated Film. Austin TX: University of Texas Press. 2002.

21. Byrne, Eleanor and Martin McQuillan. Deconstructing Disney. London: Pluto Press, 1999.

22. Booker, M. Keith. Disney, Pixar, and the Hidden Messages of Children’s Films. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010.

Cuomo, Chris. “Spinsters in Sensible Shoes: Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” From Mouse to Mermaid: the Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture. Editors Elizabeth Bell et al. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

23. Dorfman, Ariel and Armand Matterlart. How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic. New York: International General, 1975. Translated from the Spanish by David Kunzle.


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