Practically all commercial western animations are intended for small children. Although these animations can be enjoyed by all, they have been marketed for this target audience.
Walt Disney Studio has provided great entertainment in the form of animation for many years. But through out the decades, the western culture views animation as a way of amusing small children, much like comics. This mindset has prevented the creation of animations that is commercially intended for teenagers or adults. Because current Disney-type animations exist only to delight kids, the plotline is very typical and sugar-coated. Disney has been repeatedly rehashing it's hero's journey plotline for several years. This concept of a reluctant hero who goes on an adventure and defies the current situation is basically an element in every Disney animation. Of course, there is a small moral, and as always, the story ends in a typical happy ending. This situation can be seen in animations such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Disney's latest feature Hercules.
Japanimation is one art form that allows a greater exploration compared to
the typical storylines of today. This industry not only intends its
animations for children, as it also makes it interesting enough for
teenagers and adults. Masamune Shirows Ghost in the Shell, takes a
more deeper approach to story-telling. The movie takes the audience to a
world where an artificial life-form, called the Puppet Master, argues about
the definition of life with its human creators. This storyline
creates a thought-provoking question for the viewer to answer -- something
that's unlike anything being shown in North America.
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