January 15, 2020
This is a guest post from Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, originally posted on the Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture blog. Read his article, co-authored with Sarah Helene Schmidt, in ESIC 3.2: “Disney’s Shifting Visions of Villainy from the 1990s to the 2010s: A Biocultural Analysis.”
Disney’s animated villains have always been wholly and irredeemably evil, with very few exceptions. They care for nothing but money and power and relish the suffering of pretty much anyone but themselves.