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Thats All Folks?: Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features Murray Robin L Heumann Joseph K

Thats All Folks?: Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features

Murray Robin L Heumann Joseph K

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9780803239647
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296 pages
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Although some credit the environmental movement of the 1970s, with its profound impact on childrenOCOs television programs and movies, for paving the way for later eco-films, the history of environmental expression in animated film reaches muchMoreAlthough some credit the environmental movement of the 1970s, with its profound impact on childrenOCOs television programs and movies, for paving the way for later eco-films, the history of environmental expression in animated film reaches much further back in American history, as ThatOCOs All Folks? makes clear.Countering the view that the contemporary environmental movementOCoand the cartoons it influencedOCocame to life in the 1960s, Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann reveal how environmentalism was already a growing concern in animated films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. From Felix the Cat cartoons to DisneyOCOs beloved Bambi to PixarOCOs Wall-E and James CameronOCOs Avatar, this volume shows how animated features with environmental themes are moneymakers on multiple levelsOCoparticularly as broad-based family entertainment and conveyors of consumer products. Only Ralph BakshiOCOs X-rated Fritz the Cat and R-rated Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, with their violent, dystopic representation of urban environments, avoid this total immersion in an anti-environmental consumer market.Showing us enviro-toons in their cultural and historical contexts, this book offers fresh insights into the changing perceptions of the relationship between humans and the environment and a new understanding of environmental and animated cinema.