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Pixar's America

The Re-Animation of American Myths and Symbols

Authors: Meinel, Dietmar

  • Critically situates the Pixar films released between 1995 and 2010 in their cultural and historic context
  • Demonstrates the various ways in which Pixar critically engages with 21st century discourses such as class, gender, race, sexuality and able-bodiedness
  • Provides close readings of many Pixar films such as Ratatouille, Up and WALL-E
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About this book

This book examines the popular and critically acclaimed films of Pixar Animation Studios in their cultural and historical context. Whether interventionist sheriff dolls liberating oppressed toys (Toy Story) or exceptionally talented rodents hoping to fulfill their dreams (Ratatouille), these cinematic texts draw on popular myths and symbols of American culture. As Pixar films refashion traditional American figures, motifs and narratives for contemporary audiences, this book looks at their politics - from the frontier myth in light of traditional gender roles (WALL-E) to the notion of voluntary associations and neoliberalism (The Incredibles). Through close readings, this volume considers the aesthetics of digital animation, including voice-acting and the simulation of camera work, as further mediations of the traditional themes and motifs of American culture in novel form. Dietmar Meinel explores the ways in which Pixar films come to reanimate and remediate prominent myths and symbols of American culture in all their cinematic, ideological and narrative complexity.


About the authors

Dietmar Meinel is a research and teaching assistant at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, in the Department of Anglophone Studies. He has published essays with the European Journal of American Culture, NECSUS European Journal for Media Studies, and the Animation Studies Journal as well as in the essay collection Rereading the Machine in the Garden (2014). Meinel has co-edited the volume Black, White, and In-Between (2008) to which he also contributed the essay “White Western: Whiteness and Race Politics from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood.”

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Exceptional Animation: An Introduction

    Meinel, Dietmar

    Pages 1-43

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  • “You Better Play Nice”: Digital Enchantment and the Performance of Toyness in Toy Story (1995)

    Meinel, Dietmar

    Pages 45-59

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  • An Animated Toast to the Ephemeral: The Multicultural Logic of Late Capitalism in Toy Story 2 (1999)

    Meinel, Dietmar

    Pages 61-74

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  • A Story of Social Justice? The Liberal Consensus in Monsters, Inc. (2001)

    Meinel, Dietmar

    Pages 75-95

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  • “From Rags to Moderate Riches”: The American Dream in Ratatouille (2007)

    Meinel, Dietmar

    Pages 97-117

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-31634-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-31633-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81083-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pixar's America
Book Subtitle
The Re-Animation of American Myths and Symbols
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31634-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31634-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31633-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81083-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 240
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