Com 546 Annotated Bibliography

Posted: February 5, 2010 in Com 546

Aldred, Jessica. (2006). All Aboard The Polar Express: A ‘Playful’ Change of Address in the Computer-Generated Blockbuster. 1 (2), 153-172. Sage Publications. Retrieved from ArticleFirst Database.

All Aboard the Polar Express critiques the film by Robert Zemeckis and addresses the way this beautiful picture book was transformed into a detailed three-dimensional animated film. This article also calls The Polar Express as a compelling historical document that truly reflect the culture of the time. While Aldred compares the film to gaming I will likely only include the cultural implications of the animated film in my research.

Bell, E., Haas, L., & Sells, L. (1995). From mouse to mermaid: The politics of film, gender, and culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

From mouse to mermaid is essential to my studies on animated culture and society as it explores every controversial side of Disney films from the “Disneyfication” of the gangster genre to the figures of the female characters. It attempts to look beyond the innocence to see the true cultural implications of Disney films, whether they were intentional or not. It dissects multiple films even looking to a film like Pinocchio as a piece that taught children that growing up meant learning to please others. It is a very interesting approach which I intend to highlight while analyzing the “other side of Disney” that many may never have even thought about.

Goldmark, D. (2005). Tunes for ‘toons: Music and the Hollywood cartoon. Berkeley: University of   California Press.

Tunes for toons is a book about the way music was utilized in early animated films to emphasize the actions and expressions of each character. Goldmark touches on various corporations like MGM and Warner Bros., and explores the way different types of music from jazz to symphonies can have varying affects on their audiences. Since I plan to explore the history of symphony in animated film this will be a suitable fit.

Klein, N. M. (1993). Seven minutes: The life and death of the American animated cartoon. London: Verso.

Seven Minutes is a story about the evolution of animation and how the social implications of this firm of entertainment evolved over time. It also takes a look at the ways Americans view animated films and how they have improved over time aesthetically as well, building a better appreciation for this form of entertainment. Because this book addresses early cartoons like Betty Boop, Popeye, and Tweety it will be utilized when I address the evolution of animation and how even though these early animations may be considered “crude” they will always be considered classics. Klein also addresses social implicantions, like the “whiteness” of Snow White, which will also tie into my section about cultural implications.

Maltin, L. (1980). Of mice and magic: A history of American animated cartoons. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Of mice and magic is a book about the development of animation from the early silent era to Disney and beyond. It addresses all the major corporations that facilitate animated film production including Warner Bros., Paramount, and MGM and also looks at the “filmographies” of each studio. The historical nature of this book will be addressed in my paper when tackling how animation was initiated and how the process and social implications have evolved over time. I am especially interested in the portion about silent animation as the first form of animated entertainment. If time/space allows I would also like to utilize this resource to compare and contrast the nature(s) that these various corporations approach youth entertainment.

Rausch, Andrew. (2004). Turning Points in Film History. New York, New York: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Turning Points in Film History covers various film genres and the history of how they impacted film as a medium. With interviews from historians and filmmakers each event is broken down into its simplest form in order to thoroughly analyze the impact of not only the way the film was produced but also how that production affected the culture of filmmaking. Specifics I will take from it include the analysis of addresses Toy Story as the first animated film as well as Snow White as the first full length animated feature film.

Steyn, M. (2004). Shrek 2. Spectator London Weekly. 295 (9178), 46-47.

Shrek 2 takes an evaluative look at the film which was known as the top grossing animated film of all time in 2004. While providing a critique of the film this article will also be important because Shrek was one of the first animated films to be catered to both children and adults, which is a cultural crossover I intend to include in my paper. At a time when detailed 3-D animation was still new and intriguing this article puts you back in 2004 to the point when there was so much hype about this genre.

Ward, Annalee R. (2002). Mouse morality: the rhetoric of Disney animated film. 1st Ed. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Mouse Morality explores the cultural impacts of Disney animations as forms of moral and social education. By exploring films such as the Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more this book critiques the nature of these films and how they can have both positive and negative implications in youth. It specifically addresses the nature of villains and dames and how these characters can actually influence the ways children think and interact. It will be perfect for my argument that animated films are much more than entertainment, they instill beliefs and social habits at the most vulnerable stages of life.

  1. Can anyone help me insert tabs? I feel pretty ridiculous for asking but I could not figure out how to indent my second lines of my annotations as well as my summaries. 😦

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  3. kathy says:

    No need for hanging indents in the citations when you are formatting for the blog post.

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