The first film in our final mini-season of Season 4 (we’re getting old!) is the 1967 Disney animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK. Our discussion ranges from animation styles to PAW PATROL, and anthropomorphism to racial stereotyping; overall, though, we spend the most time thinking about how much this film is about the familial, paternal relationships in evidence here.
It’s déjà vu! Next time we look at Jon Favreau’s 2016 version of THE JUNGLE BOOK.
THE MANDALORIAN (2019–): Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers
DA 5 BLOODS (2020): Spike Lee, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors
ENOLA HOLMES (2020): Harry Bradbeer, Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown
ROBIN HOOD (1973): Wolfgang Reithermann, Brian Bedford, Phil Harris
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951): Clyde Geronomi, Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn
THE VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960): Wolf Rilla, George Sanders, Barbara Shelley
ROAD TRIP (2000): Todd Phillips, Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott
Firstly, as this mini-season is all about adaptations of Disney animations, this article is a good place to start: ohmy.disney.com/insider/2016/01/05/10-disney-movie-moments-that-changed-animation. And this take on technology and animation is interesting, too: memeburn.com/2013/06/how-technology-has-changed-animation-a-brief-history. (Then I got into a Google Hole [which is definitely what it’s called] finding out more about animation: 3d-ace.com/press-room/articles/twelve-animation-styles-you-should-know-about, www.bloopanimation.com/types-of-animation, blog.threadless.com/disneys-art-style-through-the-decades.) For the rest of this week’s Footnotes, I just want to list things to read about facial representation and literature and India, starting with this article: litreactor.com/columns/are-the-jungle-books-racist-or-not-and-why-you-should-read-them-either-way For balance, here’s the opposing view (although, to be honest, lots of this seems pretty far-fetched): sites.williams.edu/f18-engl117-01/uncategorized/i-wanna-be-like-you-racial-coding-in-disneys-the-jungle-book/#:~:text=Especially%20in%20The%20Jungle%20Book%2C%20animals%20depict%20different,forest%20in%20search%20of%20Mowgli%2C%20the%20man%20cub.) Anne McClintock’s book on imperialism is great: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Imperial_Leather.html?id=OurtAAAAMAAJ, as is Kumkum Sangari’s: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Politics_of_the_Possible.html?id=t5eX8VRhSgEC&redir_esc=y. Benedict Anderson is still worth reading: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Imagined_Communities.html?id=4mmoZFtCpuoC&redir_esc=y; and there’s always the father (pun intended) of all ideas about postcolonialism, Edward Said: books.google.co.uk/books/about/Orientalism.html?id=66sIHa2VTmoC. Finally, though I haven’t read it, this looks good: books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=kOzFBQAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT22&dq=postcolonial+cinema&ots=fUVkBx_Wxd&sig=qvdoebSS9nQpoL8LTTPE2eqlDxE&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=postcolonial%20cinema&f=false
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