The race issue (as well as the homophobia with Scar & general conservative
& patriarchal politics on The Lion King) has been addressed in a number of
popular press articles as well as some conference papers.  It will be gone
over again, hopefully using a different and useful angle, in a paper I'm
giving at the upcoming Society for Animation Studies conference in Madison
at the end of September.  As far as I know, there's been nothing academic
published on the topic, though there's an article in Camera Obscura #31 by
Erin Addison on race & gender in Aladdin.  Besides that, there's little
focusing on animation & race, an issue that my conference paper grapples
with (plug plug plug!).
-Jason Mittell
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