Banksy Satirizes Disneyland; Parody Meets Artistic Expression

It is often said that  “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”   I am going to propose that parody is because it assumes that the reader or viewer knows who is being parodied
without the writer or artist saying so.  It is, in short, a testimony to the ubiquity of a person or brand.

That thought went through my mind when I saw that the notorious (and anonymous) artist, Bansky, had created Dismaland.  It is located in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in the UK. 

Dismaland is reported to be funny, weird, anarchistic and not intended for children
.  In other words, it is pure Banksy.  I have, by the way, written about Bansky before (see my article “Stuffed Toys Against Animal Cruelty”) for how he used plush toys as a way to creep us out over the slaughter of animals for food.



This is Banksy’s largest project to date, covering 2 ½ acres and incorporating the work of 58 artists, some very well known.  Rather than attempt to describe in words what this visual artist / performance artist has created, I have included pictures.   


In my next post, I write about other Disney parodies from the past.

One thought

  1. I don’t really mine satirizing Disney. We’re a big target. And I loves me some satire personally.
    What makes me sad about Banksy’s work here is that he’s satirizing Walt Disney’s optimistic futurism with a very dour view of our world. It makes me sad not so much because its his view, but it seems almost par for the course in today’s world. Do we need another dystopian end of the world film?
    The stuff that I loved about Walt Disney as a kid wasn’t Mickey Mouse (although he’s a close personal pal). It was the futuristic stuff. The Magic Highway. The House Of The Future. The PeopleMover. Autopia. Man In Space. He inspired us to put a man on the moon for godsake!!
    So sure, if you must, parody Disney. But you’d be doing to world a better service to one-up him instead. We live in an age of miracles. We are living the future Walt dreamed about. Reality is never as perfect as our dreams. But…
    “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt

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