Pleasantville - Essay 2

Topics: FLCL, Wayne Gretzky, Gainax Pages: 2 (572 words) Published: November 18, 2008

The film “Pleasantville” directed by Gary Ross demonstrates the change of perspective through the realisation of one’s potential. It is the discovery of this potential that in turn changes ones outlook on the world around them and in turn the perspective of the people around them.

The character Betty is a perfect example of alteration of one's perspective. Betty learns that she has more potential than a housewife. When Betty’s outlook is altered, her social role, attitudes and values are altered as well. In Pleasantville the people became divided as they discovered their potential to make their own choices and began to express their own emotions. Betty left her role as a housewife and realised her lust for the milk bar owner.

The use of colour was used to portray the notion of change and altered perspective. When a person’s perspective was altered they would become coloured (as opposed to black and white) as well as a piece of the world around them. The inevitability of change is expressed through the supporting characters futile attempts to prevent it.

Change is a major theme in the animated series FLCL. Much of the plot has to do with Naota’s progressive change of attitude and perspective due to an unlikely encounter with a strang girl named Haru-Hara Haruko. When we first see Naota, he’s a kid trying to act like and adult, as many kids do, and even criticizes others’ lack of maturity. His first encounter with Haruko leads him to remark that she’s “a stupid adult who refuses to grow up”. And he gets quite frustrated with his father in the first episode when he goes into his living room to find Haruko has been hired as their housekeeper. One way change is shown in FLCL is through a quote at the beginning “Nothing amazing happens here. Everything is ordinary. A huge factory that can be seen from our town, the Medical Mechanica plant, all the adults got exited when it came here like it was really a big deal, but nothing...
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