A World within Reach: A Neuroanimatic Perspective on Themes of Threat in the Miniature World OF Coraline

Owen, Ann (2021) A World within Reach: A Neuroanimatic Perspective on Themes of Threat in the Miniature World OF Coraline. In: Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA s Stop-Motion Witchcraft. Animation: Key Films/Filmmakers . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 135-152. ISBN ‎ 1501347861 & ‎ 978-1501347863

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In 2009 Studio LAIKA’s released their much anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book Coraline. The makers of this film went to great lengths to create a believable world that was a perfect and accurate scaled down miniature version of our own. However, the film also contains a plethora of explicit and implicit reminders of the real world scale and materiality of its puppets, props and sets. This chapter utilizes advances in neuroscience, and in our understanding of the visual processes of the human brain, to shed light on the ways in which these real world reminders function alongside the narrative of Gaiman’s original book. The chapter argues that these reminders of real world existence of the puppets and sets assists in creating a heightened sense of bodily threat and jeopardy, within the safe space of stop-motion animation.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: ‎ 1501347861 & ‎ 978-1501347863
Subjects: Film & TV > Film > Hollywood Film
Science
Courses by Department: The School of Film & Television > Animation
Depositing User: Ann Owen
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 12:13
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 12:13
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/4418

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