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Animation And Identity: Drawing A Line Between The Real And The Ideal

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This chapter discusses the issue of ideality and suggests that animated film provides a greater opportunity than live-action film for an entry into the 'ideal', in that animated film is a medium which the artist more easily, and more thoroughly, controls. It argues that identity requires a space, a location?and that location will influence the nature of the identity existing within it in fundamental ways. Thematically, Miyazaki Hayao?s films suggest the altruistic acceptance of an individual?s place in the wider, supportive community. Miyazaki ?s films serve to offer a greater sense of ?containment?, in the sense that Figlio and Richards use this term?containment of depressive, discouraging attitudes of the alienated self.

Keywords: animated film; ideality; Miyazaki Hayao



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