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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hidden Underlying Ideas of Animation

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It is not a secret that the basis of successful animated cartoon is its idea. Idea is the core of the plot of the animated cartoon. You can express the idea with 2-3 sentences. Nevertheless, general result of animated film will be higher if its idea is enthralling.

The world of animation is mysterious and contains many secrets and hidden ideas. Not only children but also adults watch cartoons. We like to watch them in our free time but seldom think that funny running pictures have some king of hidden sense. Our aim in this article is to discover hidden underlying idea of animation by the example of some cartoons.


1. SpongeBob SquarePants. Let us start with the famous cartoon of Nickelodeon “SpongeBob SquarePants”. This cartoon is object of adoration and imitation by many children. However, do you know that every character of this cartoon symbolizes one of the seven mortal sins? Audio comments to the episode “Plankton” on DVD with first season of cartoon series prove this fact. Every hero got one sin. Can you guess which one got every character?

Mr. Krabs is impersonation of greediness. Avid chef of SpongeBob impersonates himself black side of capitalistic system. Mr. Krabs thinks nothing else but profit, economizes on all and even sings a song that how he loves money in one of the episodes.

Envy in the cartoon is Plankton. Plankton compensates his little size over and above with the help of huge envious ego not giving him a peace even for a minute. All his life is embodiment of plans about the ownership of krabsburgers’ secret recipe. According to his opinion, they are personation of all that, that he is unfairly deprived.

Laziness is Patrick Star. Patrick is so lazy that he lives under the stone, does not work and almost all the time sleeps or plays games. He even gets reward “For the biggest laziness than anyone other” in the episode “Big pink loser”.

Squirrel Sandy Cheeks has pridefulness. It is enough of one look at the squirrel in order to understand that it is impossible to find prouder creature. She is proud of her Texas origin and fact that she can live under the water and is always busy with self-improvement.

Anger is Squidward Tentacles. It is quite understandable explanation: Squidward does not rage on SpongeBob, Patrick, his job and life only when he sleeps.

Gluttony is another name of SpongeBob’s pet, Gary. Domestic pet of SpongeBob sleeps and meows. However, it meows because of hunger. Once when SpongeBob was not in time for feeding him, Gary ate off half of sofa. It managed to find yearly food reserve for sea snails in other episode and ate it at once becoming pathologically fatty.

The main character got lust. This analogy is the least obvious, as we get used to realize the word “lust” only in sexual meaning. Another meaning of word “lust” defines as “passionate wish of something”. SpongeBob is possessed by the lust of life and impressions. He passionately wishes that all like him and he quite often goes to all lengths for achieving of his aim.

2. Adventure Time. Another cartoon, which contains in itself hidden idea, is Adventure Time. The main characters of cartoon series are Finn and his friend, dog Jake. They live on the tree in magic country – The Land of Ooo. When they want, they save princesses from The Ice King, if they do not – they fool around. Adventure time amazes the imagination from the unexpected side. It is practically impossible to guess what will happen in the next moment. Cartoon series is direct inheritor of animation during psychedelic revolution.

Land of Ooo is magic world of developed childish consciousness, which has stopped in a footstep away from inevitable growing-up through the hell of pubescence and that is why does not understand its borders. Courage of imagination occupies all surroundings and stumbles only occasionally, when ruins of reality appear thanks to fictional landscapes. Ruins do this series unique.

The first shot of the title sequence hints that disaster happened in fairy-tale. Pushing off from swamped with industrial trash glade, show runs to the world of fantasy as well as frightened kid hides from fears in his consciousness. Spooky world of rusty machines, destroyed highways, flooded cities and burning deserts is shown from episode to episode on the background of engrossing adventures of childhood.

The world after doomsday has become the cartoon. If these were playful hints in the beginning, soon after they turned into main narrative line. We learn after the final episode of fourth season that boy, which is similar to Finn, sits on the debris of the broken adult world in backwoods. Our hero has mechanical prosthesis instead of arm and silent dog sits next to him.

It is not understandable what factors influenced on Finn in order him to leave the world of daydreams. However, it is correct to say that the reason is growing-up. Adventure time is one of those rare cartoons, where space bends under the flow of time and is dependent to the growing-up. The voice of Finn “breaks” in last seasons and kisses of princesses instead of adventures are in his thoughts. His universe becomes darker, more strange and complicated. His imagination just barely deals with its main function – defense from the hell of reality.

Ugliness of present time mostly leaks to the Land of Ooo. Disaster, which had happened once, got name “Great war of mushrooms”. Now we understand that the world of Finn is the space burned with nuclear strikes and radioactive rains. Enough time has passed after cataclysm in order ferroconcrete constructions to cover with grass and gene mutations to change existing forms of life. Finn is the only human in magic land “Ooo”. Other are creatures, whose qualities and ongoings are equal to the monsters of reality. They live in stand-alone enclaves and crowd together in tribes. Sure, imagination of the child processes all input data and creates own unique world where the best friend is mutant with dimensionless structure of the body and forbidden places are the most appropriate locations for adventures. Convertible notional “currency”, which Finn borrows from the present time is unavailable, but famed thanks to items of the past time childish happiness. So candies turn into kingdom, broken Gameboy – in universal gaming console and left in inheritance from the civilization technologies – in magic.

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