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Charles daCosta on Racial Stereotyping in Media

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, History and criticism, Media theory, Politics

Racial Stereotypes in Media from Ogre on Vimeo. My friend and former Savannah College of Art and Design colleague, Charles daCosta, who now teaches at  Swinburne University of Technology, in Melbourne, recently made an appearance on Africa Amara, a TV show broadcast on C31, where he talked about racial stereotyping in media. Along the way, […]

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“It’s Not Cricket to Pass a Picket”– The Disney Strike 70 Years Later

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · American cinema, Politics, Unions

May 28th marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Disney strike by members of the Screen Cartoon Guild (later the Screen Cartoonist Guild). The nine-week walkout, precipitated by the firing of Art Babbitt, the head of the Guild’s Disney’s unit, is a legendary event whose full story has yet to be told. Though […]

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Peace on Earth & An Old Box

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Politics, Short films

Being that it is Christmas time, I thought I would post Hugh Harman’s Peace on Earth, especially as this is the 70th anniversary of its release (7 December 1939); the film’s pacifist theme resonated with the American public in the wake of the outbreak of the World War II in Europe and Harman said it […]

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On Dumbo as Superhero and Other Matters

July 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Film history and criticism, Politics

Dumbo, directed by Ben Sharpsteen and written by Dick Huemer and Joe Grant, one of the most beloved of early Disney movies, is still dogged by accusations of racism. Not only do I think it racist, but I would even argue that the film is anti-racist in somewhat the same way as earlier proto-civil rights […]

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Fatenah

July 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Documentary films, Politics, Short films

I’m a bit late on this, but I think it important to take note of Fatenah, the new Palestinian animated documentary, which Erika Solomon at Reuters described on July 3rd as: The true story of a young Gazan woman’s futile battle against breast cancer has been commemorated in the first-ever Palestinian animated commercial film. “Fatenah” […]

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Iranian Elections: Marjane Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf Speak Out

June 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Filmmakers, French cinema, Iranian cinema, Politics

In following the events that are happening in Iran, it occurred to me that Marjane Satrapi, the creator of Persopolis, would certainly not be shy about speaking out on the situation. A quick search found that she, along with filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar), a representative for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi abroad, spoke out in […]

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More From Life: The Battle of Warner Bros.

December 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics, Unions

The posting by Google of digitized images from the vaults of Life magazine has led to a number of bloggers (including myself) to mine it for all sorts of wonderful images. I thought I would add to the feeding frenzy with a series of postings, starting with some pictures from the fabled Battle of Warner […]

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In Our Lifetime

November 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

The election of Barak Obama was received with an understandable mixture of joy and relief both here and abroad. And even nominally nonpolitical bloggers have joined in the celebration. It seems rather improbable that Obama can fulfill all what is expected of him, but we can still savor the moment. And one of the best […]

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Ending the Nightmare Before Christmas

October 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

I usually avoided political statements here, but given the current state of the nation, I really need to speak up and urge my fellow Americans to vote for Barak Obama and Democratic congressional candidates. I have no illusions that Obama is the second coming of FDR, but given the nightmare that the Bush administration has […]

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