The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons, and Culture

The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons, and Culture

by Paul Wells
ISBN-10:
0813544149
ISBN-13:
9780813544144
Pub. Date:
11/28/2008
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press

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The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons, and Culture


Cartoonists and animators have given animals human characteristics for so long that audiences are now accustomed to seeing Bugs Bunny singing opera and Mickey Mouse walking his dog Pluto.

The Animated Bestiary critically evaluates the depiction of animals in cartoons and animation more generally. Paul Wells argues that artists use animals to engage with issues that would be more difficult to address directly because of political, religious, or social taboos. Consequently, and principally through anthropomorphism, animation uses animals to play out a performance of gender, sex and sexuality, racial and national traits, and shifting identity, often challenging how we think about ourselves.

Wells draws on a wide range of examples, from the original King Kongto Nick Park's Chicken Run to Disney cartoonsùsuch as Tarzan, The Jungle Book, and Brother Bearùto reflect on people by looking at the ways in which they respond to animals in cartoons and films.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813544144
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2008
Series: NA
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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