This week I’m to be talking about the culture perspective of the genre for our animation film. Our film fits into the category of children’s films as it is an animation targeted at children. Below I will discuss the origin of animated children’s films, look at who the main players were and when it became a Zeitgeist. It is important to consider cultural perspectives when making a film within a specific genre.
Origins of children’s animation
The children animation started in the early 1900’s. The very first animation was made in 1908 and it was called Fantasmagorie (classiccartoon, 2006). This animation was made for children but it would have appealed to adults due to it being a new thing in society. However, when Disney started making the films in the 1920’s is when animation really came to life.
Stop motion animation came in around the early 1900’s as well and the first stop motion film was called The Teddy Bear and was made in 1907 (Change Before Going Productions, 2012 ). Stop motion animation films have been made over the decades however, Stop motion animation wasn’t that popular until later in the 1900’. . Ray Harryhausen made a short five film called Skeleton Fight in 1963. In the 1980’s Will Vinton’s made Closed Mondays. Co Hoedeman’s made the film Sandcastle in 1978 and was awarded best stop motion animation short film. ( Academy Awards, USA. 1978). Stop motion animation really took off with the creation of Wallace and Gromit in 1989.
Who were the main players?
The main player in making and developing children animation over the years has been Walt Disney. Disney started in the 1920’s and they have made some the world’s most famous children’s animations including Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella and the Little Mermaid (Thewaltdisneycompany, 2015). Disney continues to make many more animation films which are very successful and dominate in this area.
The main player for stop motion animation is Aardman. Aardman have created the popular animations of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep (Aardman.com, 2015). Wallace and Gromit was created in 1989. Shaun the sheep started in 2007 as a TV show for kids and it did very good with its audience worldwide. The company made 3 series and 2013 the started making the feature film of Shaun the sheep which was released in 2015.
When did it become a Zeitgeist?
Animation really became part of culture when Disney made the film Steamboat Willie in 1928. This was the beginning of the stream of film of mickey mouse which is still going today. Mickey Mouse was very much the center of animation and culture. Stop motion became a zeitgeist when they started making Wallace and Gromit in 1989.
Aardman.com,. (2015). History | Aardman. Retrieved 19 April 2015, from http://www.aardman.com/the-studio/history/
Animation World Network,. (2011). ‘The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation’: History of Stop-Motion Feature Films: Part 1. Retrieved 19 April 2015, from http://www.awn.com/animationworld/advanced-art-stop-motion-animation-history-stop-motion-feature-films-part-1
Imdb.com,. Academy Awards, USA (1978). Retrieved 20 April 2015, from http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000003/1978