Floyd Gottfredson Library
mouse-ducks at orange.fr
Fri Nov 16 23:11:51 CET 2007
Thank you very much, Jonathan, for a most interesting personal experience
As I said clearly, I would naturally prefer to have a reprint the original
strips, with a several forewords, as on the DVDs-- and indeed, as I should
have recalled sooner, as is the case in Gemstone's own (splendid) "Disney
Treasures" book, which features a page by David Gerstein on this subject: "A
Closer Look at 'The Money Mint' and 'Race to the South Seas'". As a matter
of fact, David used two panels from "In Search of Jungle Treasure" to make
a point on Gottfredson's undermining of the stereotype (p 34):
"Old-time Disney comics invoke ethnic and regional stereotypes-- even as
they mock Western culture for its faith in those stereotypes. In this
example from 'In Search of Jungle Treasure' (1937-- not included in this
volume), Goofy bears the brunt of the joke for his presumption that rural
Africans should be uneducated."
(Goofy is stunned: "Fur Gawsh sakes! Imagine them natives understandin' a
foreign language like that! I thought they was *ignorant*!")
Like the DVDs, this note by David made me hope for the best.
I am quite aware that the decision is easier to make in our shoes than in
that of the people actually in charge, and Gemstone certainly is not to
David & Gary, if it's not too indiscrete: what was the Company's reaction to
Did they read submissions for more such essays that could introduce comic
Like Francesco, I don't think I will boycott this, because I know Gemstone
will do the best job of printing it and, as I said in my previous message,
we surely are a minority compared to the millions who will buy the books and
not be aware of anything missing.
On the other hand, I have never bought a compressed audio-only download-only
release of any film score, because I want uncompressed audio; in this
specialized, niche market, the opinion of many like me did make a
difference, and one small publisher increased the bitrate, then decided to
switch from download-only to download and physical CD releases.
Here, though, I doubt we can make a difference.
The only hope, then, would be a special (official) "Forbidden Disney"
collection, but that would be even riskier a move on Disney's part.
It's a terrible thing, really.
Even a redrawn reprint would be better, with sample panels and explanations.
I think it would be a huge step, that might lead later by the complete and
unadulterated anthology we want.
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