Koven gives folklorists’ negative perspective on Disney films. Most theorists see film, especially Disney, as threats to the authenticity of the original fairy tales. They worry that audiences will begin to view the Disney version as the first and only. Not only that, but they suspect that the Disney Company is trying to make their stories appear the definitive variant by publishing Disney storybooks. Some think that the alterations from the traditional texts may hamper transmission of the stories by eliminating many of the motifs that make the tales memorable. The sanitation of the stories renders them meaningless. Without real conflict, the tales do not display the tragic parts of life, the battle to between weak and strong, or the good in the human spirit.
Koven does acknowledge that some folklorists appreciate film as a method of story dispersion. One folklorist cites Snow White as a prime example of animation as a successful medium for fairytale presentation. He sees Snow White as a way to re-interest adults in traditional folk imagination.