Hope you are enjoying your holidays? I was wondering if you could have a look at my essay structure. I am not sure if I've gone too broad again. I tried to cover up the main traits that makes animation in each culture unique.
Thanks in advance.
Essay Question: What does animation connote culturally in the East and West?
What connects and what makes cultures different? All cultures have an art identity, and one of them is animation, an art form which has taken different directions globally.
Chapter 1- What does animation denote?
- Animation means moving image.
- How did it start? Very brief history (Zoetrope, Praxinoscope)
- What makes it so fascinating and satisfying to us humans?
- Metamorphosis in animation (forming images) - unique narrative continuity
Chapter 2- Animation in Popular Culture
- How has animation spread globally?
- What is it used for? (Education, Entertainment..)
- How is it different on each part of the world? (America, Europe, Asia)
- What are the themes covered in animation?
- Binary Oppositions
Chapter 3- Animation in the West
- Brief History
- Walt Disney and Disneytification
- Disney Animation: Child Friendly (avoiding to make any comments on sex or violence)
- Disney's Hyperreal Worlds
- The Preference in "Unlikely Heroes"
Chapter 4- Animation in the East
- Anime Origins (Osamu Tezuka)
- Hayao Miyazaki - His worlds are about alternative realitiesShojo: Feminism in his films (strength plus vulnerability in a way that is intriguingly feminine)
"My neighbour Totoro" : The Parallels of the loss of a family member
- Other themes anime covers:
"Akira": Adolescence, Identity, Feeling of Entrapment"Barefoot Gen", "Grave of the Fireflies": War Aftermath, Victim’s history, innocent children devastated by war’s destruction.
Culture is identified by what makes us different or unique. Animation has its origins in the key factors and values of culture. Despite their variations they all have common aims: To provoke emotions or speaks about forbidden themes.