End-of-life In Disney And Pixar Films: An Opportunity For Engaging In Difficult Conversation

Title

End-of-life In Disney And Pixar Films: An Opportunity For Engaging In Difficult Conversation

Creator

Tenzek K E; Nickels B M

Identifier

10.1177/0030222817726258

Publisher

Omega

Date

2017

Subject

Cinemeducation; Disney And Pixar; End-of-life; Film

Description

This study expanded upon previous scholarship by examining end-of-life (EOL) depictions and messages of death within Disney and Pixar animated films. We argue Disney and Pixar depictions of EOL and death can provide critical opportunities for discussing death and dying processes with children and adults alike. A content analysis of 57 movies resulted in a total of 71 character deaths. These instances of death became the discourse used for analysis. The EOL discourse was coded based on five categories (character status, depiction of death, death status, emotional reaction, and causality). After quantitative analysis, the films were qualitatively analyzed. Four themes emerged from analysis, unrealistic moments, managing EOL, intentions to kill, and transformation and spiritual connection. Discussion of results, limitations, and directions for future research are included.

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Citation List Month

October 2017 List

Notes

1541-3764
Tenzek, Kelly E
Nickels, Bonnie M
Journal Article
United States
Omega (Westport). 2017 Jan 1:30222817726258. doi: 10.1177/0030222817726258.

Citation

Tenzek K E; Nickels B M, “End-of-life In Disney And Pixar Films: An Opportunity For Engaging In Difficult Conversation,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 22, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10816.

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