Is animation a genre?

After a long relaxing, alcohol filled weekend, I jump out of my bed at 12:00 in the afternoon to remember that, “Oh crap I’ve still got one more project to do before the holidays start”.

So this week’s project is for us to create a 500 word script about a 2 headed/split personality character arguing whether or not animation is genre, with a dynamic pose of the character.

In today’s lecture we went over a few examples of 2 headed characters as well as a example script that Phil did about a 2 headed lizard discussing about the topic.

YouTube. 2016. Family Guy Saison 9 Clip – Road to the Multiverse – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO9Onv6waWg. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

YouTube. 2016. Monster’s University “Terry Terri and Art” – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQg3bpj5ugk&feature=youtu.be&t=13. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

These a few good examples of 2 headed characters with different personalities. In the first video we see Stewie and Brian from Family Guy visit a universe where everyone as 2 heads, one happy and one sad, and the second is the introduction to character Terry-Terri from Monster University, Terry with a Y has a serious and realistic look to things, where as Terri with an I has more of a happy optimistic look on things. These examples of 2 heads with different personalities is something I want to implement into my character, because I feel as if they are more likely to argue that way, but not only that, but because they’ll have 2 different perspectives and opinions.

Arguing For or Against

In my opinion I’m against the idea of Animation being genre, I feel it’s more a style or form of storytelling, or as Brad Bird puts it in Cartoon Brew’s article about the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson saying that animation a genre, “It’s not a genre! A Western is a genre! Animation is an art form, and it can do any genre.” Cartoon Brew. 2016. Animation Is Not A Genre: Oscar Edition. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/animation-is-not-a-genre-oscar-edition-109504.html. [Accessed 05 December 2016]. But within my script I will have the 2 arguing on different sides, I’ll focus more on the against point, but as for the conclusion I may leave as an open conclusion, I don’t know, but it will some up my point.

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Ratchet & Clank Wiki. 2016. Image – Dr. Nefarious Crayons.png | Ratchet & Clank Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ratchetandclank.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dr._Nefarious_Crayons.png. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Ratchet & Clank Wiki. 2016. Lawrence | Ratchet & Clank Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ratchetandclank.wikia.com/wiki/Lawrence. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

YouTube. 2016. Ratchet and Clank Past 115 Nefarious’s Trap – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWeNZEtUh8c. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

The inspiration of the character I’m creating will come from these 2 characters from the popular game series Ratchet and Clank. To sum up the two, Dr Nefarious is an evil robot scientist hell bent on destroying all organic life, and his butler Lawrence a witty, sarcastic servant of the mad doctor. The chemistry between the 2 of them is some of the best I’ve seen in video games, especially having this (supposed) big, evil, bad guy who is heavily reliant on his butler, and I wanted to take that concept and take it one step further where, the evil “genius” that I will create, is attached to his butlers body, making the butler more superior to his once evil overlord.

YouTube. 2016. LAWRENCE! – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-nz6jiF0r8. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Mad Scientist Pictures – Cliparts.co. 2016. Mad Scientist Pictures – Cliparts.co. [ONLINE] Available at: http://cliparts.co/mad-scientist-pictures. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Futurama Wiki. 2016. Kif Kroker | Futurama Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Kif_Kroker. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

The look I want to for, for the scientist, will be a very generic looking mad scientist, but with a weak look. As for the butler I want him to look big and tough but his personality will be calm and collective.

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reddit. 2016. Le’t talk about Brutes : halo. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.reddit.com/r/halo/comments/342dmr/let_talk_about_brutes/. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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Mail Online. 2016. Beat baggage charges by bringing a butler: How it’s cheaper to buy an extra seat than taking an extra suitcase | Daily Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227239/Beat-baggage-charges-bringing-butler-How-cheaper-buy-extra-seat-taking-extra-suitcase.html. [Accessed 05 December 2016].

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