The Western Default: The Case for Casual Representation in Animated Film
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Animation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Animation
Includes bibliographical references: pages 53-55
"This thesis defines casual representation as inclusion and/or diversity of characters that do not draw disproportionate attention to themselves due to having attributes or characteristics that may differ from the socially accepted 'norm, and are allowed to exist in the context of the film as freely as any other character. While animation has been making great strides towards a more inclusive future, it often limits these characters to the fact that they are different, and only allows them a plot that centers on this difference. This paper will discuss the socially and psychologically damaging effects that come as a result of this practice, as well as illustrate the benefits of a more positive approach to diversity: casual representation. By looking at extant animated films ranging from studio features to independent shorts, this paper aims to illuminate how token diversity is not legitimate inclusion, and aims to offer alternative means of representation to provide a truly inclusive experience – for animated films and beyond."
*Includes the author's original short film "Ghost Town," a hand-drawn black and white animated western, set to a narrated poem, that follows the tale of a cowboy who rides into a strange town and is hacked to death by its occupants in the middle of the night
*Keywords: inclusion, diversity, representation, racism, sexism, animation
CHAIR: Silva, Jose Luis
1 text file (thesis) : PDF, 55 pages + 1 animated film (2 min.) : WMV, sound, black and white
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