Change and Continuity in Contemporary Children's Cinema

Brown, Noel (2019) Change and Continuity in Contemporary Children's Cinema. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Children's Film and Television. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 225-244. ISBN 978-3-030-17619-8

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In the context of the continued evolution of children’s film into and through the early twenty-first century, this chapter examines a boundary-pushing example of contemporary children’s film, the recent French-Swiss animation, My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de courgette, Claude Barras 2016). Widely interpreted by critics as a radical departure from classical children’s film (and even, in some quarters, as an adult-orientated film), My Life as a Courgette challenges many of the narrative and representational motifs of the children’s genre. However, drawing parallels with other twenty-first-century international children’s films, this chapter highlights the ways in which the film adheres to more traditional features of children’s cinema that date back to the early twentieth century.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Film, Children's Film, Animation, Family Film, World Cinema
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Creative and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Noel Brown
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 16:17
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 09:17

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