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Animation, branding and authorship in the construction of the ‘anti-Disney’ ethos: Hayao Miyazaki’s works and persona through Disney film criticism

Hernández-Pérez, Manuel

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Manuel Hernández-Pérez



Abstract

Walt Disney (1901-1966) is one of the most important figures in the history of cinema, but also he may also be one of the most criticized. Adjectives referring to Disney in their different forms (‘Japanese Disney’, ‘Asian Disney’, ‘Disney from the Orient’, etc.), have also been applied to the analysis of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (1941-). Disney’s legacy has been reviewed and examined through different theoretical lenses derived from cultural studies and film criticism. In contrast, scholarship and cultural criticism have decoded Miyazaki’s works in terms of auteurism. These approaches also emphasize similarities based on high quality of production and individual signatures while differentiating between ideological and cultural readings of each author’s legacy. In this construction of what has been referred to as 'anti-Disney', the most common strategies of classical auteurism act together, including the mythical construction of the creator’s persona through cultural criticism and other film paratexts. In order to better understand the role of authorship in animation, a distinction between brand, style and creator’s persona is suggested.

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Hernández-Pérez, M. (2016). Animation, branding and authorship in the construction of the ‘anti-Disney’ ethos: Hayao Miyazaki’s works and persona through Disney film criticism. Animation : an interdisciplinary journal, 11(3), 297-313 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1746847716660684

Acceptance Date Mar 17, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2016
Publication Date 2016-11
Deposit Date Jul 5, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 24, 2016
Journal Animation
Print ISSN 1746-8477
Electronic ISSN 1746-8485
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 297-313
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1746847716660684
Keywords Miyazaki, Hayao, 1941-, Disney, Walt, 1901-1966, Branding, Authorship, ‘Anti-Disney’, Ethos, Criticism
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/440619
Publisher URL http://anm.sagepub.com/content/11/3/297.abstract
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Animation, 2016, v.11, issue 3

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