Loading Downloads
Category: TV & Film

What started as a graduate school capstone project has now expanded into a blog and a professional development workshop series for Washington State community colleges. Join me, Kaytie (Disney scholar, mom, and college academic adviser), as I talk about Disney princesses, representation in media, my relatability to and love for Disney villains, and more.

January 2, 2021

Disney Villains are Relatable

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Wonderful World of Disney Villains podcast! Today I'm talking about why I believe Disney villains are relatable and, as you can tell by the length of the episode, I have a lot to say.


Below is a list of all the sources I refer to throughout the episode.

Book, articles, and essay sources:

  • “Read This: How Divine inspired Ursula The Sea Witch” by Chris Dart (news.avclub.com/read-this-how-divine-inspired-ursula-the-sea-witch-1798243255)
  • Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains: Masculinity in Disney’s Feature Films book by Amy Davis

  • “Winnie the Pooh” FanTheories Wiki (fantheories.wikia.com/wiki/Winnie_the_Pooh)
  • “Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents?” by Isabel Fattal (www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/01/why-do-cartoon-villains-speak-in-foreign-accents/549527/)
  • “Children’s Culture and Disney’s Animated Films” chapter from the book The Mouse That Roared by Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock.

  • “‘This is No Ordinary Apple’: Learning to Fail Spectacularly from the Queer Pedagogy of Disney’s Diva Villains” essay by Mark Helmsing in the book Disney, Culture and Curriculum, edited by Jennifer Sandlin and Julie Garlen.

  • “Chapter Fifteen: Learning to Live as a Disney Villain” by Jessica Kirker in the book Teaching with Disneyedited by Julie Garlen and Jennifer Sandlin.

  • “13 Inscrutable Requirements to Be A Princess In Disney Parks” (www.disneyfanatic.com/13-inscrutable-requirements-to-be-a-princesses-in-disney-parks/#)


Videos, audios, and movie sources:

December 16, 2020

The Wonderful World of Disney Villains

Welcome to the first episode of the Wonderful World of Disney Villains podcast!

*I discovered I make mouth noises occasionally so if you’re not into ASMR you may want to listen without headphones/earbuds.*

I thought I would start with my professional development workshop that kickstarted my blog and podcast. I present this workshop 2-3 times a year for students, faculty, staff and administrators at the college I work for.

I’ll be talking about: • Disney villains - what defines a villain as a Disney villain? • Representation - Stuart Hall’s binary form of representation • Binary representation in gender and other social identities • One sided story - where are the villains stories? • Perspective - flipping roles (heroes as villains and villains as heroes) • Everyone needs diverse representation even those who often see themselves represented in media

I mention the following media’s throughout: • Once Upon a Time (the TV show) • Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier by Team Starkid (on YouTube) • Ted Talk: “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Adichie • Essay: “This is No Ordinary Apple”: Learning to Fail Spectacularly from the Queer Pedagogy of Disney’s Diva Villains by Mark Helmsing • “In Defense of Villainesses” by Sarah Gailey on www.tor.com • Social media account: @theconsciouskid

November 10, 2020

Wonderful World of Disney Villains Trailer