Unformatted text preview: Insects in Film
As in so many art forms, the insects we see in films are
those that are:
Very noticeable because of their size, sounds they
make, behavior, biology (metamorphosis).
Attributes associated with their behavior, e.g.
industrious, fierce protective,
industrious fierce, protective strong for their size
Very useful for providing lessons on appropriate behavior.
Humans fear even very small insects that sting or bite-bite-this makes them a natural topic for films in which they are
larger than life.
What could be worse than turning into an insect? Another
great topic for science fiction! Insects in Film: Cartoons
First films starring insects were animated: 6 legs
presented challenges to the animator--maybe this is why
insects seldom have all their appendages in cartoons.
First famous success: Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s
Pinocchio (1940). Embodies all the liberties animators take
Two arms, two legs,
HumanHuman-like facial features (e.g. eyes with pupils,
human like mouth and nose)
Recent films take similar liberties, e.g. Antz, A Bugs life
Antz, Insects in Film: Horror Films
Why so many starring insects in adversarial roles? Most
people do not care for insects and are simply glad they are
small and somewhat controllable. Thus, they are naturals as
“giants” in horror films--Insect Gigantism in film.
Usually revolved around a political issue
Atomic weapons testing and atomic power:
1954: THEM: giant mutant ants produced by atomic testing in AZ
1957: Beginning of the end featuring giant radiation-induced
radiationgrasshoppers threatening to destroy Chicago
1962: Mothra, giant moth sometimes co-starring with Godzilla
co- Misguided scientist films--Kafka’s Metamorphosis: “The Fly”
Humans triumphing over the powers of nature: Naked
Jungle. 1 ...
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- Fall '08
- The Metamorphosis, Antz, Mothra