From American Animated Film to See American Cultural Characteristics
1. Introduction to the background and significant of American animation We have already learned that the American continents were peopled as a result of migration. The United States of America is a young country in the world with a history of only more than two hundred years. But this very country forms its own culture system which has already affected almost every corner of the world. This culture system includes the spirits of inclusiveness, humor, pragmatism and individual heroism. This article is aiming to analyze the typical American cultural characteristics from the aspect of American animated film. Through a long-term of development, American animated film has formed its own special characteristics. In the world history, American animated film has an important position. It has been leading the world trend of the developments of animation and it has also been through a Golden Age. The Golden Age of US animation is a period in the United States animation history that began with the advent of sound cartoons in 1928 and continued into the early 1960s when theatrical animated shorts slowly began losing to the new medium of television animation. Many memorable characters emerged from this period including Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Goofy, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Betty Boop, Mr. Magoo, Woody Woodpecker, Mighty Mouse and a popular adaptation of Superman. Feature length animation also began during this period, most notably with Walt Disney's first films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. And there are the animation giants like Disney, Warner Bros, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Mintz, and Walter Lantz Productions. All these prosperities are worth looking into.
1.2 Introduction to the research objectives
In this article I will mainly discuss four typical American cultural characteristics which we can see from American animation. They are: 1) the spirits of inclusiveness, 2) humor, 3) pragmatism, 4) individual heroism.
1.3 Introduction to the research structure
This research is consisted of six parts. The first part is an introduction of the whole article. The second part is about the literature review. Then follow the Data Description. After that is some analysis and discussions of the data. The fifth part is Result and Suggestions. And then comes to the final part which is the Conclusions.
2. Literature Review
2.1 The Definition of Data
The following data are either summaries of the animations which have connections to our topic or the discussions that people have already made before. The main works I chose are Mulan, Aladdin, The Prince of Egypt, Little Mermaid, Tom and Jerry, Shrek, Micky Mouse, Toy Story and Garfield.
2.2 The summaries and reviews of the related American animation Here are some data to support our topic. These data are divided into two kinds. One is the introductions and summaries of certain movie plots and the other is the comments people gave that are related to our article. The following data are mainly the introductions and summaries of some of the key American animation that we are going to talk about. The animated film Mulan is about brave tomboy Hua Mulan pretends to be a different gender so she can serve as a soldier in China's male-only army. With help from her childhood friend, a fellow soldier, Mulan keeps her secret while performing many acts of bravery. But when another soldier begins to catch on to her ruse, Mulan faces the possibility of bringing shame upon her family and her country. But in the end, she becomes a heroine to her country and she chooses to go back to her hometown to live with her family peacefully. The plot of Aladdin is that after a sultan (Douglas Seale) gives his daughter, Jasmine (Linda Larkin), three days to find a husband, she escapes the palace and encounters...
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