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Enviro-Toons: Green Themes in Animated Cinema and Television
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Using an eco-critical approach, Pike analyzes the pro-ecological content of Bambi (1942), The Simpsons Movie (2007), Wall-E (2008) and Happy Feet (2008), and Avatar (2009), and the work of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, as well as the TV cartoon series South Park and Futurama. In her preface, Pike reviews the grim ecological news and responses to the apocalyptic visions by trying to imagine how people can and should respond. She says, "I know that my students, friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers want a place to stand. We want to change the things we can change and impact the systems that control what we can't change, and we crave the wisdom to know the difference." How do people do this "not out of guilt but out of a sense of responsibility"?
"It's difficult to discern exactly what kind of discourse sparks guiltless activism," Pike asserts. Her book explores the discourse of cartoons to assess their value and effectiveness at moving us. Pike employs multiple theoretical tools in analyzing cartoons without getting bogged down in arcane academic language. Her style is approachable, with no loss in depth or detail.
Relying on ecological, media, and literary critics, such as Bakhtin, Mcluhan, Joseph Meeker, and Scott Slovic, Pike develops a continuum for analyzing discourse modes--monologic/dialogic, hot/cool, tragic/comic, epic/novel.Read more ›