Monday, 21 October 2013

Minor Project: Colour Tests- Abstract sequence 2

From my previous post, set 1 number 3 seemed to be more appealing and the animals seemed to stand out a bit. I thought about developing this further by changing the elk's background into blue as the orange kind of blended into the character. I've made some subtle changes by playing around with the saturation and hues a bit.

From previous post: Number 3's layout seemed more appealing


  1. Hi Jojo,

    I'm just putting my feedback on your dissertation structure into words, because I think it will be clearer for you (and me!) and will help us have a good tutorial tomorrow. It's still a bit fuzzy, but you're getting there, but I do have some further revisions to suggest in terms of making the actual route of your investigation a little clearer still: so:

    Chapter 1 - 'The Appeal Of Cartoons'

    1) Characters
    2) Comic Relief

    Many of your quotes deal with the appeal of cartoons, as encompassed by character design (stereotypes, cultural shorthand etc) and 'comic relief' - as characterised by entertainment that allows the expression of human emotions - and not always 'noble' or good emotions - but taboo, or silly, or anti-social feelings. It seems this chapter should really get to grips with the ways in which animation can connect with viewers through simplified images (character designs etc) and by it's ability to show. You should be exploring the appeal of Tom & Jerry, Bugs etc. in general terms, trying to prove their popularity and their appeal and explaining why that might be.

    Chapter 2 - Political Correctness & Cartoons

    Having established that character design deals with stereotypes in chapter 1, in chapter 2 you can now look at 'racist stereotype' in the Tom and Jerry etc and the way in which comic relief expressed as violence began to worry people. I think you should put your case-studies of the 'politically incorrect' and politically corrected cartoons all in this same chapter. This should also be the chapter where you talk about the discussion re. effect of violence on children etc. In other words you explore the 'dark side' of 'character' and of 'comic relief' - the two special mechanisms of the cartoon-as-artform.

    Chapter 3 - Cartoons Against Political Correctness

    This is the missing bit, Jojo, in terms of your argument; if in chapter 1 who have established that cartoons are a unique artform because they can 'speak' to us very immediately through character design and through comic relief etc., and then in chapter 2 you show how these cartoons have become politically corrected (and maybe less 'effective' as cartoons), it seems to me that Chapter 3 should be about those kinds of animation that protest against the 'political correcting' of animation - or explore it - for example, South Park and The Simpsons.

    We'll chat tomorrow - but take a look at this beforehand :)

  2. Chapter 2 examples might include 'Sunflower' from Fantasia and also Disney's Song Of The South' - so also consider including other kinds of stereotyping through character design (i.e. any ethnicity/gender etc).

    Chapter 1 - A general breakdown of how and why Animation appeals to people - various theories etc.

  3. Chapter 3 - 'The Cleveland Show'