One of many animators to benefit was Bob Godfrey. Known as the Godfather of UK animation, he would go on to win Britain 's first animation Oscar in 1975 for a short film called Great. Probably most famous for children 's TV series Roobarb and Custard, the range, breadth and volume of Godfrey 's work was an inspiration to those that followed, including Aardman Animations. It was TV advertising revenue, however, that kept Godfrey 's studio solvent, allowing him to make more films. Bob later described the period of 1955 to1965 as a golden age for British animation , but he also said that commercial work particularly ads “shattered the dream” of animation as a pure art form that had been building.
In just one generation's time, watching television became a major activity in people’s spare time. The time spend on watching television is overwhelmingly exceeds any other human activities, like take care of children, socializing or outdoor activities, etc. The Simpsons often teases Americans love television. For example, when Bart and Homer asked Maggie what is her favorite, she immediately went to hold the TV; another scene is Homer tends to become fidget because he will spend a winter without television and beer. This is no exaggeration to depict real situation in current society.
Women weren 't the only ones known to influence the period, men such as Walt Disney also played a great role. Disney was a television producer and showman, who was known to be a pioneer of cartoon films and the creator of Disneyland. Like almost any other celebrity, Walt 's career grew from his early life. Walter Elias Disney was born in 1901 in Chicago. He drew, painted and sold pictures to his neighbors and family friends.
From its popular guest stars, to its never-ending merchandise, The Simpsons is everywhere. Over a quarter of a century, The Simpsons has largely influenced pop culture with its rich and entertaining history. All shows begin with a humble idea, and The Simpsons is no exception. Matt Groening, the series’ creator, was working on a simple comic called “Life in Hell”, about a rabbit family (De La Roca 1). In 1987, he was set to pitch an idea to Jim Brooks, an executive at the Fox network, about a group of short animated sketches to be played during the newly created Tracey Ullman Show (De La Roca 1), and was going to use his rabbit comic, but decided against it (Fox would gain the rights of whatever he created).
For assignment 2, I choose the piece “Lohengrin: Act III: Prelude” composed by Richard Wagner. This piece is located in the “Types of Listeners I: Introduction and Casual Listeners” section. This piece really caught my attention because of the overall composing which reminded me of a cartoon story during my childhood days, particularly the Disney animation Mickey Mouse. This leads to my interest in analyzing it as a referential listener. The title of the piece is Lohengrin: Act III: Prelude which emphasizes that the piece is an introductory to a bigger performance, which in this case indicates a story of tension and conflict.
With Walt Disney’s successful corporation, Disney movies have been watched from one generation to another. The Disney Corporation has a massive reputation due to its major television network, radio stations, bestselling cartoons, computer games, and clothing. This specific corporation has a huge cultural influence, which has been seen over time. Every movie by the Disney Corporation has been firstly released in theatres worldwide, as well as securing each movie’s popularity with a 7-year rotation so it can interest the upcoming generations. The power of success that the movies have is capable of forming the way each child thinks about their personal interests, who they are and what kind of person they should be.
Disney's live-action films such as Pirates of the Caribbean attracts adults as well, in order to target adults Disney uses a "family approach." Disney theme parks were built for the whole family to enjoy and they do a fine job stressing that. If you pay close attention to their advertisements you will see that they are not always aimed for children, in fact they are aimed at the parents most of the time with little phrases such as "Let the Memories Begin" and "This is Where the Magic Happens." Even the animation films are made to please the parents, with their good morals and some jokes that are meant for the child not to understand. In addition, the Disney Store has its own Home Decor department which is intended to satisfy the parents' wants as well as their children's, while the child is browsing through the toys, the parent is browsing through the Home Decor section.
Disney made his version friendlier to young children. Also, the Disney version was the first Disney movie made on VHS in the late 1900’s. Walt Disney always seems to make his fairy tales end in the “happily ever after” way. “This is a characteristic of many of Disney’s stories as they go from rags to riches” (Parkinson, p. 1). Also, Disney’s version is more playful and light in the way that children could watch and not be scared.
Most mergers can be highly risky but with the presence of knowledge and intuition they can be successful. One of the most successful mergers is the merger of Disney and Pixar. In May 2006, Walt Disney has announced that it is buying Pixar, the animated studio led by Apple head Steve Jobs, in a deal worth $7.4 billion. The merger brings together Disney 's historic franchise of animated characters, such as Mickey, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, with Pixar 's stable of cartoon hits, including the two "Toy Story" films, "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles."