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The existence of American animation remains immensely indebted to African Americans. However, this does not imply that African Americans were in any way actively engaged in the production of the first animated flicks, nor were they involved in the technological production aspects of these films. Their contribution was more or less indirect but distinctively indisputable. The first animation films were filled with African Americans characters and caricatures, a trend that took root to form the backbone of subsequent films within the genre later. By the turn of the 20th century, African American culture had successfully penetrated the broader American culture through their dance moves, songs, and folktales, which became a spine of early performance platforms like the Minstrel Show. These early performances were popular with most Americans even though their portrayal of African Americans was largely demeaning. In its delicate attempt to accurately reproduce the speech, mannerisms, and singing of the slaves, Minstrel fueled stereotypical and condescending view of African Americans among its audience, who oddly found it amusing. To quench the stereotypical appetite of their audience, Minstrel producers further created performances portraying African Americans as naïve and foolish people, who were incapable of living independently (Adeshina, 2016). Though Minstrel is long gone, the stereotypical images it cultivated are still evident within the present creative art industry. This essay analyzes the stereotypical characterization of African American women in the popular animation series " Tom and Jerry ."
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