This wasn’t her intention, I’m sure, but what Streep did fits elegantly with the positioning strategy of the film,” says David Hajdu, Columbia University film and music scholar. “The Disney company made [Saving Mister Banks], with the encouragement of the Disney estate, to help boost the Disney brand by showing that Walt Disney was actually a real person, and not merely a logo that signifies industrialized blandness and cheer. To be a real person is to be flawed in your humanity, and Meryl Streep reminded us just how deeply flawed Walt Disney was as a human being. A misogynist? You bet. An anti-Semite? That, too. In terms of the Disney company’s strategy, Streep was right on script.
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