Tag: Animation

#BLM, Film, Venue

Diversity in Disney animation

Research shows that children develop a racial bias from as young as five years old. Professor Jennifer Steele conducted a study of this behaviour and concluded: “when we ask children to categorise by race, both younger [5-8 year olds] and older White children [9-12 year olds] show a pro-White bias”. This research bears witness to…

Science

Science Snapshots

Avian Flu Prevention Norwich based scientists have produced a diagnostic tool to help identify Avian Flu; a contagious disease which can spread globally through infected birds. The device created by Prof. David Russell and Prof. Rob Field will minimise the risk of a UK pandemic by providing rapid and early diagnosis. Improving Photography The use…

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Iceland Christmas advert: too political or too pertinent?

Iceland has launched a Christmas advert campaign to raise awareness for deforestation. The narration is by Emma Thompson, in collaboration with Greenpeace. However Clearcast, the NGO that decides which ads to approve, banned it because it was “too political”, according to the 2003 Communications Act. It shows an animation of an orangutan in a girl’s…

TV

An animated debate

One of the most interesting TV trends of recent years is the rise of animated adult shows. The traditionally younger-audience genre has been rocked by series like Archer, Bojack Horseman and Rick and Morty, each one tackling delicate themes; sexuality, mental illness, and violence, in ways that you would definitely not see on Cartoon Network….

Film, Venue

Animation has no age limit

Traditionally, animation has been aimed at children and, with the help of Disney/Pixar, it is firmly stereotyped as something only watched by kids. However, after the huge critical success of Sausage Party, one has start to consider the appeal of animation on adult audiences. Over on the TV side of things, animations getting a wide…

OldVenue, TV

Battle of the Animated

Spongebob Squarepants A yellow sponge. A large pineapple. An underwater crustacean. Three seemingly unrelated things that only become related if you’ve ever watched the nautical adventure show, Spongebob Squarepants. The Nickelodeon TV show, created by Stephen Hillenberg, has been airing episodes since 1999 and is still going strong, no doubt due to its nonsensical, creative…

Film

Review: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli’s fairytale factory has produced a visual story more enchanting than usual. Isao Takahata – the main man by the side of Hayao Miyazaki, now retired – uses fluidly animated watercolour and charcoal frames to respectfully portray Princess Kaguya’s expression, delicacy and origin. The film is based on one of Japan’s oldest folktales and…

OldVenue, TV

An animation too far?

When announced earlier this year, The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover was met with one of two reactions: excitement or raised eyebrows. The long-awaited trailer dropped earlier this week, and the conversational tone hasn’t changed. Some hail it as a sure fire hit, and some feel that it harms the brand of both programmes. Technically a one-hour…

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