Family Films in Global Cinema: The World Beyond Disney

Brown, Noel and Babington, Bruce, eds. (2015) Family Films in Global Cinema: The World Beyond Disney. Cinema and Society . I.B. Tauris, London and New York. ISBN 9781784530082 (Accepted for Publication)

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Thanks to their huge market success, animations from The Disney Company and blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter have dominated 'family film' production. Yet there is a long, varied and largely untold history of films made for 'family' audiences of adults and children outside the United States, and of non-Disney family films in Hollywood. Family Films in Global Cinema is the first serious examination of films for child and family audiences in a global context. Whereas most previous studies of children’s films and family films have concerned themselves solely with Disney, this book encompasses both live-action and animated films from the Hollywood, British, Australian, East German, Russian, Indian, Japanese and Brazilian cinemas. As well as examining international family films previously ignored by scholars, the collection also presents a fresh perspective on familiar movies such as The Railway Children, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Babe, and the Harry Potter series. Coinciding with a surging critical interest in children’s culture, Family Films in Global Cinema brings together film and television critics and historians, children’s literature scholars and folklorists. Contributors interrogate the generic aspects of family films, analysing their key formal and thematic characteristics, revealing their commonalities and variations across social and cultural borders, questioning what makes them enduringly popular for adults as well as children, and underlining their enormous richness and diversity.

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Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Media and Communication
Depositing User: Noel Brown
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 13:36
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