Very much like the Greek gods, the Hollywood-style heroes are ordinary human beings, not too outstanding, intrinsically not too much of anything, but with some exaggerated prowess, underneath which they are cast in a human mold.
They are glorified simple people, glorified mediocre people.
The striking beauty should be a beautiful version of the boy or girl next door.
Therefore, Hollywood-style beauty occurs always within a certain range of normalcy.
Outstanding, startling beauties—Modigliani or Rubens types, for instance—will not work in
These rules are true in all types of film-making.
These rules even hold true for Disney cartoons, which, even though they do not have human stars, use the same images.
Cartoon characters are created in exactly the same mold as the human stars; in fact, because they are more simplified, they are better.
Aladdin is a very nice example of this: a little bit of miracle, a little bit of humor—but not too much; everything is so very nice and sweet, and very well packaged.
There is not much difference between Aladdin and Bambi—they even have the same eyes.
It hints, "You, too, are a hero. Look at these stars: in your inner heart, you are almost like them. Perhaps you are not as handsome, nor as strong, but you can dream about being like them."
This religion does not demand anything exceptional from its followers, even as viewers.
The messages and images created by
Everything has to be within the audience's grasp, tailored to its level of understanding, as well as to its dreams.
From Simple Words, p. 140 by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz