Family Films in Global Cinema: The World Beyond Disney

Family Films in Global Cinema: The World Beyond Disney


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With the huge global success of Hollywood 'family film' franchises, such as Harry Potter, it is unsurprising that there have been many attempts to emulate this success. In recent years, there has been an explosion in international production of films for both adults and children - resulting in an erosion of the dominance of The Disney Company and the other major Hollywood Studios in family film production. "Family Films in Global Cinema" is the first serious examination of films for child and family audiences in a global context. Whereas most previous studies of children's films and family films have concerned themselves with Disney, this book encompasses both live-action and animated films from the Hollywood, British, Australian, East German, Russian, Indian, Japanese and Brazilian cinemas. As well as examining international family films previously ignored by scholars, the collection also presents a fresh perspective on familiar movies such as "The Railway Children," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Babe," and the "Harry Potter" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784530082
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/13/2015
Series: Cinema and Society
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Noel Brown has a PhD in film from Newcastle University (UK), where he has taught several courses on film. Currently an independent scholar, he is author of "The Hollywood Family Film: A History, from Shirley Temple to Harry Potter" (I.B.Tauris, 2012), and is presently researching the history of British children's cinema. Bruce Babington is Emeritus Professor of Film at Newcastle University (UK). He has published widely on Hollywood, British and New Zealand cinema. His most recent book is" The Sports Film: Games People Play" (2014).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Editor's Introduction
Introduction: Children's Films and Family Films; Noel Brown and Bruce Babington
1. Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls: Babe and Babe: Pig in the City; Bruce Babington
2. 'A film specially suitable for children': The Marketing and Reception of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Peter Krämer
3. 'Why Can't They Make Kids' Flicks Anymore?': Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the Dual-Addressed Family Film; Adrian Schober
4. 'This is Halloween': The History, Significance, and Cultural Impact of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas; James M. Curtis
5. Sabu, the Elephant Boy; Jeffrey Richards
6. The Classical Hollywood Family on Screen: Living with Father and Remembering Mama; Bruce Babington
7. The Railway Children, and Other Stories: Lionel Jeffries and British Family Films in the 1970s; Noel Brown
8. 'Luke, I am your father': Toys, Play Space, and Detached Fathers in Post-1970s Hollywood Family Films; Holly Blackford
9. 'Films to Give Kids Courage!': Children's Films in the German Democratic Republic; Benita Blessing
10. Post-Soviet Parody: Can Family Films about Russian Heroes be Funny?; Natalie Kononenko
11. A Brief History of Indian Children's Cinema; Noel Brown
12. Brazilian Children's Cinema in the 1990s: Tensions Between the National-Popular and the International-Popular; Mirian Ou and Alessandro Constantino Gamo
13. Narrative, Time, and Memory in Studio Ghibli Films; Tom Ue
14. Dark Films for Dark Times: Spectacle, Reception, and the Textual Resonances of the Hollywood Fantasy Film; Fran Pheasant-Kelly
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