Fantastic Mr Fox within the realm of animation: authorship, anthropomorphism & nostalgia

Wilson, Stephanie (2011) Fantastic Mr Fox within the realm of animation: authorship, anthropomorphism & nostalgia. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation entails an in depth assessment of Wes Anderson's animated feature Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), such that seeks to generate both debate and awareness on behalf of this creatively and conceptually abundant piece. Drawing upon a vast array of research including theoretical and journalistic publications, as well as an interview with animator Chris Tichborne, and a profusion of filmic texts – largely of the animated or Andersonian variety – a number of interesting ideas have been located. As the medium in which the piece is rendered, stop motion undergoes thorough exploration; the history, method, and current societal status of which all affect its defining function in fantastic Mr Fox. The politics with regards to the joint and complex authorship shared primarily between Anderson and Roald Dahl, as writer of the original children's book, composes a fundamental aspect of the accurate understanding of this text. Furthermore, nostalgia in cinema, and specifically how Anderson's appropriation of the mode informs the identity of the film in question, constitutes another issue examined herein. Perhaps most revelatory of the purpose and personality of Anderson's piece is the employment and subsequent deconstruction for effect, of anthropomorphism (the process of ascribing humanistic traits to non-human entities). This technique has long posed a dominant approach to cultural representation, and here serves as a vehicle for the transmission of an investigation on the concept of "wildness". Whereas the ambient ambiguity of the piece leaves much of the meaning widely open to interpretation, one incontestable conclusion that can safely be drawn is the intense and distinctive presence of director Anderson. Although his sovereignty as author of the piece is complicated by the considerable investment of various other influences, research for this study has established, unbeknown when the project first commenced, that Anderson is an unavoidable figure in almost all areas regarding this film.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 09:59
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58

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