The Synergy of Animation and Tourism Industry: Myths and Ideologies in Mickey Mouse’s Traveling Adventure

By: Eirini Papadaki


Volume: 07
Issue: 02:2021
ISSN: 2459-2943
DOI: 10.18680/hss.2021.0022
Pages: 175-200
Lic.: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Animation industry
Tourism industry
Creative practices



The tourism industry circulates signs through its synergies with other cultural industries, such as film, music, museum, video gaming, and the sports industry, to name but a few. This paper aims at exploring the creation or preservation of tourist myths and ideologies through the cartoon industry following the travel experiences of one of the first and most widely known animation characters, Mickey Mouse, in animated films such as the Hawaiian Holiday (1937), Mickey’s Trailer (1938), Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip (1940), On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends (1956), Croissant de Triomphe (2013), Tokyo Go (2013), Yodelberg (2013), O Sole Minnie (2013), Panda-monium (2013), Mumbai Madness (2014), O FutebalClάssico (2014), ¡FelizCumpleaños! (2015), Al Rojo Vivo (2015), Turkish Delights (2016), Entombed (2016), Dancevidaniya (2016), Locked in Love (2017), or Shipped Out (2017). In terms of methodology, this study of animated films and images will be conducted with the help of Greimas’ semiotic square combined with Roland Barthes’ writings on myth. The main objective of such research is to trace the tourist myths and ideologies that the animation industry proposes and highlights. The focus will therefore be on outlining any simplifications, stereotypes, and boundaries regarding tourist image-brand production, as well as foregrounding the creative practices and invitations to co-productions of meaning offered to young gazes, that is, those of future travelers.


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