Zorro: Foe of Big Government?

Sunday, September 5, AD 2010

When I was a small boy, I loved watching the old Walt Disney show Zorro.  I have read recently that Disney, a political conservative, used the Zorro show to argue against big government.  There are some episodes that support this, involving outrage by the people over unjust taxes.  The fictional character Zorro fought against tyrannical government in Old California, and I guess Disney decided that this was  a good storyline for how he viewed big government. 

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9 Responses to Zorro: Foe of Big Government?

  • Red like a Rose?

    One of my favorite deviations of Zorro!

    Don Luis Obispo of Bakersfield!

  • I really don’t know how hot to trot I would be to claim Walt as a conservative, all things being equal.

  • One of the great film duels of all time from the Mark of Zorro (1940)

  • “Its biggest claim to fame is the climactic duel toward the end between Zorro (Power) and Captain Pasquale (Rathbone). Rathbone was known already in Hollywood as an outstanding Classical fencer, but moviegoers were treated to the surprise of Power being excellent in his own right. The fight duel is extremely ornate and full of finesse, as opposed to Rathbone’s more famous duel with Errol Flynn in Robin Hood, and the duel in The Mark of Zorro is considered by many movie buffs to be the finest swordfight in cinema. Staged by Hollywood’s resident fencing master Fred Cavens and atmospherically shot by cinematographer Arthur Miller and director Rouben Mamoulian, the scene takes place in a single room and forces actors to fight rather than jump around in the scenery. In key shots, Cavens’ son, Albert, doubles for Power (such as the shot where he plunges his saber through the bookcase). Scenes of fast fencing are undercranked to 18-20 frames per second, which means all the sound for the scene was post-synchronized. Rathbone suffered two scratches on his forehead during its filming, and later said of Power, “He could fence Errol Flynn into a cocked hat.”

  • I remember watching it as a kid. Zorro also had a decent incarnation in the early 90s on The Family Channel.

  • Wow, I’m impressed with the way TAC has expanded its readership into unexpected market segments. Now Don has “Hardcore MILFs” commenting on his posts.


  • To echo the title of Chris’ most recent post:

    “The New Evangelization”?


  • One attempts to have a quiet afternoon defending helpless banks from widows and orphans and the spammers break through!