Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Literary Review 1: Prime Time Animation

Prime Time Animation: Televison animation and American culture by Carol A. Stabile and Mark Harrison is a book that talks about subjects such as the debates and issues that have arisen about the development of animation for television, and focuses mostly on the american television shows such as "The Simpsons", The Flinstones", "Ren and Stimpy", " South Park" and others. The book also refers to older cartoons and studios such as Hanna Barbera and analyses how the industry has adapted and changed through the decades, including the animation explosion of the 60s. The writers on this book try the explain the "prime times" of the cartoons series, using theories such as "double-coding" which explains why animation appeals to mixed age groups.

I chose this book because it mentioned one of the shows that I'm going to talk about in my essay and also touches on comedy. However it doesn't go much in-depth on the subjects so it won't be very helpful. Nevertheless it still a quite good book for people who maybe interested in the "prime times" of the certain cartoon series and the reasons for it.

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