Bachelor of Arts in English
Margaret Case, Ph.D.
This thesis uses three Disney animated villains to reveal that there exists intrinsic analytical value to sustained study of these characters despite the fact that they exist in the genre of children's media. Focusing primarily on The Great Mouse Detective's Professor Rattigan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Judge Frollo, and The Princess and the Frog's Dr. Facilier, this thesis will analyze important variations within the range of archetypal Disney villains to reveal the complexities that of their brands of "evil." This thesis concludes that Disney villains are neither flat nor formulaic; indeed, they have a great deal to teach both children and adult audiences.
Hailey, Davis, "Childhood Lessons of Evil: An Examination of Disney Villains" (2012). English Theses. 67.