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comp lit final paper - 5/21/2008 10:27:00 PM Kelly Mahoney...

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21/05/2008 21:27:00 Kelly Mahoney Comparative Literature 382 Section 4 Getting Away with Animation Many times, films are used to criticize or satirize popular culture. They provide a dialogue of political and cultural issues from the present day. These topics can be considered controversial or even offensive to some. Some directors choose to take a serious approach when it comes to creating a film that tackles sensitive issues, while others openly criticize and make fun of political figures, religious beliefs and social norms. Tackling delicate, controversial issues present a challenge to the filmmaker, who can either choose to remain politically neutral, toe the line, or cross the line. If a director crosses the line in presenting religious, cultural, national or sexual topics, he could run the risk of offending many and not getting enough support for the film. The film Nyocker! Definitely steps over the boundary of being politically correct. This animated film satirizes and stereotypes to shock and amuse the audience. It takes a humorous approach in representing popular culture and pointing out its flaws.
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The District uses puppet-like animation to achieve an exaggerated, over-the-top feeling that sets the mood for humorous satire. The drawings seem graffiti-like, building on the setting which is supposed to be a ghetto district of Budapest. “In addition, many of the characters carry photographed heads of the dubbing actors or other well-known media personalities on their awkward two-dimensional bodies. The film’s satirical-allegorical affect derives largely from the jarring distance between photographic realism and jerky two-dimensional animation” (Imre). The kid’s voices are clearly adults impersonating a childish voice, which add to the cartoonish effect. Using animation allows the filmmakers to be more crude and offensive, using parodies and stereotypes for much of the humor. Everything is exaggerated, from the movements and sound of the people, sexuality, religion and the story line in general. Because the film is animated, it can go places a regular film could not, like back in time to the Stone Age. Th e film “combines the cliché of prehistoric time travel from science fiction with a satire of concurrent global political events that involve Osama Bin Laden, the Pope, and a mercilessly ridiculed George Bush Jr.” (Imre). It also can get away with much more blatant stereotypes, like that of the corrupt cop and sleazy prostitute. The very beginning of the film warns the audience of disturbing material, “both visual and audio”, which right away sets the mood for a funny film
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2008 for the course COMP-LIT 382 taught by Professor Levine during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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