Neck bolts and Fang Fang: how does the children’s animation create the next horror fan?

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Neck bolts and Fang Fang: how does the children’s animation create the next horror fan?

After more than a decade in the Disney princess mode retreat, children’s animated films have tended to be more of a gimmick. All will be the role of a specific type – zoo animals, is already a super hero, parrot, wild fish – that constitutes the market marketing, provides the eager young audiences a hook. But this fall, in addition to the installment payments of Madagascar and the ice age, the most popular models of these fantasy films are the ghosts of the past: classic Hollywood horror films and monster movies.

Last month, leica’s ParaNorman animation studio drew a lot of ghostly imagery, bringing low budget gore and John Carpenter’s Halloween score. From the start, Genndy Tartakovsky’s star-studded spoof hotel Transylvania broke the box office with the global movie monster and mythical beast. Last week also brought a more on children’s cartoon, focusing on the eccentric nostalgia, usually reserved for more adult oriented type of movie: Tim burton’s attractive, but the length of the interesting remake his charming 1984 short, franken walter.

The two hotels, Nancy vania and science is strange dogs from old movies can refer to is in deep – in channeling Norman naughty boy to praise, but do it yourself, the other two movies ten percent dive head center of culture, one of the allusions, old movies as the installer and the punchline.

Burton franken di “(Frankenweenie) was James wiles (James Whale) landmark 1931 Frankenstein (Frankenstein) a unabashed love letter, its protagonist unequivocally named Victor Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein), its plot roughly follow the classic story, with some warmth. The new preservation of a lot of the original work, but poured into like cream and sugar too much supplement. There is now a live-action movie Christopher Lee (Christopher Lee) play Dracula (Dracula), a Mr Kay monster (a big turtle named Shelley), a group of sea creatures, and monkey from the black lagoon a paradox of igor I a friendly neighbor called van helsing. To be frank, this is a mess, once a moral tale now a chaotic, somewhat violent adventure film.

The Transylvania hotel is 100 percent free from anything terrible. So far, the most elaborate child friendly batch, it is also odd marriage peg as an important target of teenage girls (yes, it is like an old Disney movies), but this is a different kind of restoring ancient ways the strike of the note. On the premise of a simple turn popular myth – monsters just ordinary people trying to live the life of them, they fear persecution of human malignant – the film is in dracula (Adam sandler, do its best Bella lucus), and the invisible man, the werewolf, frankenstein’s monster and his bride, hydra, some kid, a mass of green mud… Patronize your photos.

When not for the children film wholeheartedly embrace this type of metaphor – think of “the house of death” or “the cabin in the woods” – looking forward to familiar with the content of the before, but these films enjoy a significant portion of the from nostalgic itself, whether religious or irony. But children can’t expect to know these references. Some of them might have amicably through children into popular culture: bela lugosi of count dracula on sesame street earl earl recognition, and frankenstein’s monster neck screw is ubiquitous in the comics. Some parents (hey, I) could show the children some relatively mild monster movie – Todd Browning (Tod) historically more harmonious brownings were of Dracula (Dracula), James will (James Whale) and the bride of frankenstein, and other general classics.

But the child may be the exception, for them, even other deformation – such as those seen in ParaNorman clip – perhaps only by young parents or older siblings and familiar with, so other things work here.

Anyhow, creativity and enterprise force behind these films is back to the classic movie map, create a new generation of terrorist devil, with 80 s movie lodicule or new romantic sunset the city of light Settings. (” twilight “was even easily lost at the Transylvania hotel). “Teenagers in the supernatural romance” joy after all is unlikely to attract younger viewers, but by fusion more – the feeling of gothic literature and Gen – X hangover refused to everything should be taken seriously, these movies may relate the next generation of the crank in the movie.

Listen to me: it’s not really new to put kids in the range of nostalgic drive fares they don’t connect. In the morning to the mid – 90 – s, for example, is a Saturday morning cartoon may attract parents’ bottom cultural peculiarity of bottomless, but for very different reasons caught my little attention. But all these strange things were not lost. Animaniacs and ticks and earthworm Jim’s cinephilia, sarcasm and downright mystery are all printed on me, and it’s been years before I’ve been able to completely solidify my taste.

After the initial suspicion of this series of animated horror comedies, I think I understand. Children like ParaNorman lightweight panic, Hotel Transylvania Hotel cordial and delicious cheese or Frankenweenie serious stupid, tomorrow may not add Nosferatu in their Netflix queue, but when they meet later to make the audience confusing culture in the 30 s, 40 s, even in the eighty s, they all will be started. It’s a smart idea and a business investment. It may sound reactionary (or mean), but the atmosphere and expressionistic traits reintegrate into the horrors of modern special effects and into children’s movies – no harm.

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