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English Essay 2

  1. 1. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN THE DESIGN SCHOOL FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT NAME: PENG YEP SIANG STUDENT ID NO: 0315259 FILMS SELECTED: BRAVE AND TANGLED WORD COUNT: 834 ENGLISH 2 (ENGL 0205) WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: COMPARE – CONTRAST ESSAY LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA SUBMISSION DATE: 5TH DECEMBER 2013
  2. 2. Everyone loves a good movie. Movie has taken a huge part in our lives. Movie can be categorized intomany genres. It is simple to define each genre by its own without being complicated by the use of image and narrative arcs that films lend to it. As time pass, many more new genres are introduced as a result of technology advancement. Animated film is one fine example. Animated film is a collection of illustrations photographed frame by frame and then display in a rapid succession. Due to this unique feature, animated films are noticeably easier to be recognized. Most of the animated films share similar characteristic. Animated films are mostly designed for young age demographic. Hence, they possess certain traits that make it more children-friendly. They are often fused with comedy and romance genre. Comedic scenes and conversations are very popular. Exaggerated actions that make people laugh to their hearts content can be easily spotted in two animation movie – “Brave” and “Tangled”. In “Brave”, Merida’s triplet brothers constantly pull off pranks and comedic mistake. Meanwhile, the hostile interaction between Maximus, then palace horse and Flynn accompanied with a tacit understanding has given “Tangled” a lot of laughing points. Another frequent trait in animation movies is the bizarre proportion and shape of the characters. This feature is instrumental in attracting attention and creating comedic stunt at the same time. Animation that targeted children and teenagers as their audience more often than not depicts their inner psychology to create an empathy link with them. In “Brave”, the main character, Merida was forced to marriage by her mother and ran away from home as an act of rebellion. It mirrors the rebellious self in the youngsters that are always made to obey their parents. However, this is not everything. In the end, Merida went on
  3. 3. adventure with her mother and they were able to understand each other better. Their bond grew even stronger as they realize the importance of each other in their lives. Albeit rebellious, at the end of the day, the youngsters only wish for their mother’s love and understanding. This movie was a hit because it reflects the youngsters’ deepest desire, especially the female audience. “Tangled” is a different story. The story is aboutRapunzel, a girl trapped in a tower, never having a chance to witness the world beyond the tower. One day, Rapunzel stumbled across a stranger, Flynn who took her to an adventure in the outside world. In the movie, Rapunzel let go of her adventurous and playful self that was keep in her all these time and she was finally able to fall in love. This is another scenario that most youngsters wish for – explore the world, let loose of their wild alter ego and fall in love. Both “Brave” and Rapunzel” also explore the fantasy world with fictional storyline that distant away from reality. Witchery was found in “Brave” when Merida got a portion from a witch that claims to solve her problem. Rapunzel in “Tangled” possessed supernatural power that can reverse time. In these movies, human and animals communications were also made possible. Merida talks to her horse which returns responses and Rapunzel talks to Maximus, the palace horse which tries to adore her. Animals are given human characteristics. By watching the movies, the audience is able to stand in the characters’ shoes and experience things that are impossible in real life. Even if it is just an imagination, they are able to escape into the world built of dream to relieve their frustration on the contradicted reality. As a movie that targets the younger generation, most animated films try their hardest to inspire the youth towards a better path. They play a part to educate the
  4. 4. young generation by instill positive attitude and lesson in the movies. “Brave” teach people to stand up for what ones believe and never give up without compromising others, especially the female community. The stereotype of weaker female is broken in this movie. It also made people realize the importance of our parents and we should appreciate and love them. “Tangled” encourage people to explore the world without fear of failure and always strive to achieve our dreams. All these inspiring messages contain in the movie is a distinct trait in animated films and they are conveyed in an interesting manner that people are remind of the message when they see the film again. Ever since the birth of animated film, there is much discussion on whether animation is a genre or a medium. The argument that animation is a medium because of the technique used to produce an animation is basically the same and they all display fantasy storyline. However, not all fantasy stories are film in animation, for instance, “Avengers” which is film in live actions. Animation is made a genre because it targets a specific audience group and possess traits that strength its attraction towards this specific group. The distinct trait made it stand alone as a genre.

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