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Fantastic Mr. Fox

April 21st, 2011 by Sharon Cross · Uncategorized

Wes Anderson is probably my favorite director because of the visual brilliance he displays in all of this films. When I found out that he was doing a stop animation film of Fantastic Mr. Fox, based off of the book by Roald Dahl, I wondered how his aesthetics would translate into animation. Anderson usually breaks his films into segments and makes no exception in The Fantastic Mr. Fox with labeling scenes as Plan 1.. etc. He also likes to display all of the main cast of characters in the same scene :

Another part of Anderson’s aesthetic is to slow down scenes to intensify emotion or to:

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Comic Code

March 26th, 2011 by Sharon Cross · Uncategorized

I find the comics code authority censorship incredibly overbearing. I cannot believe that people in the 1950s would even buy comics that were so stifled and unable to be fully creative. Here’s a list of the general standards for code certification:

1. Crimes shall never be presented in such a way as to create sympathy for the criminal, to promote distrust of the forces of law and justice, or to inspire others with a desire to imitate criminals.

2. No comics shall explicitly present the unique details and methods of a crime.

3. Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.

4. If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity.

5. Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous or to occupy a position which creates the desire for emulation.

6. In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds.

7. Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun play, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.

8. No unique or unusual methods of concealing weapons shall be shown.

9. Instances of law enforcement officers dying as a result of a criminal’s activities should be discouraged.

10. The crime of kidnapping shall never be portrayed in any detail, nor shall any profit accrue to the abductor or kidnapper. The criminal or the kidnapper must be punished in every case.

11. The letter of the word “crime” on a comics magazine shall never be appreciably greater than the other words contained in the title. The word “crime” shall never appear alone on a cover.

12. Restraint in the use of the word “crime” in titles or sub-titles shall be exercised.

These are only twelve of about 40 absurd stipulations.

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March 8th, 2011 by Sharon Cross · Uncategorized

As a kid I remember watching Fantasia and just being like what on earth is going on? It completely bored, confused and scared me. The lack of plot was disappointing and I could not related the the music. The epic feeling and dark tones of the movie were really frightening as a seven year old. Now, however, I can appreciate Fantasia as an art form and a tribute to classical music. As much as I want to like classical music, I walk away from almost every concert completely unengaged. But Fantasia was actually able to engage me in classical music. Even though, the music can seem to many to just complement the animation I really saw the animation as a complement to the classical music in Fantasia. This complete change in my option made me wonder what is Fantasia’s intended viewership? Is it for little kids, or young adults who do not normally listen to classical or for people who do really do appreciate classical music?

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Hard Work

March 2nd, 2011 by Sharon Cross · Uncategorized

It’s pretty amazing how labor intensive film animation is. I had no idea the extent of physical labor and the massive about of people it took to create a Disney film, until we watched the documentary. Even more impressive is Lotte Reigniger who with the help of a tiny crew finished Prince Achmed in a little over two years. Watching her move each detailed silhouette and film frame by frame gave me an appreciation for the artistic merit of animated film. Even 70 years after the creation of the film it is still visually stunning with its choice of colors and intricate backgrounds and filming technique.

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February 21st, 2011 by Sharon Cross · Uncategorized

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