“ gerald mcboing boing ” W r i t i n g
(Answer 3 of the questions)
(two or three sentences)
1.What is the difference between cartoon and animation?
2.What was the purpose of the cartoons made by Warner Brothers and Disney during World War II films and why were these short films banned or forgotten?
3.Why were the characters of André and Wally revolutionary in The Adventures of André and Wally B (1984)?
4.What is the first thing that Snow White does when she arrives at the Seven Dwarf’s home? How does this conform to the overall message of Snow White (1937) (in other words, what is the overall message of Snow White)?
(Answer 4 of the questions)
(2 or 3 paragraphs)
1.Walt Disney films continually strived for realism in their animation throughout the 1940s and 50s while other studios such as UPA and Warner Brothers experimented with new forms of representation. Were these experiments in minimalist backgrounds and movements successful or did they distract from the story being told? Using UPA’s “Gerald McBoing Boing” and “A Tell-Tale Heart” as examples, please describe what the minimalist style was and its effect on the films.
2.Why can we look at 1934 to see why animation in America has been relegated to be seen as children’s entertainment? What happened in this year (and in the subsequent years) to ghettoize American animation?
3.Polar Express (2004) is a film that is often viewed as a classic of the Christmas season. Yet it is also seen as an example of the limits of digital animation. What makes this film “a little creepy” and yet successful?
4.The depiction of excessive violence has been a consistent issue with the animated games and cartoon animation. What links can you find between the fears of social reformers arguments against violent cartoons (and filmed media) and animated games?
5.At what point does Toy Story (1995) become an uncanny film? What causes this change and how does it avoid being frightening?