Movie Analysis : ' Hyper Real ' Essay

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Essay 1: A. Author Chris Pallant describes Pixar Animations aesthetic style as “hyper-real.” What does he mean by that expression? How does it speak to inherent properties of cinema as a medium? How does this create a bridge to Disney’s traditional style of cel animation? Hyper-realism is used to describe Pixar’s animation style and how it uses CGI, non-human point of view shots, and similarities to live-action cinematography in order to create a tension between the real and the wondrous. There is an emphasis to use new technology to create a world that looks sort of realistic, however Pixar tries to balance this with making their film look distinctly animated and separate from the real world. Ultimately, the animation style retains a lifelike feel without ever being fully phot-realistic. Much like the illusion of life found in Disney films of the 1930s, there is a certain uncanny appeal to hyper-realism. Hyper-realism speaks to inherent properties of cinema as a medium by allowing the audience to experience shots and camera angles that are lost by cel animation which doesn’t allow the camera to move freely around it’s subjects like typical films. Thanks to the CGI found in Pixar films, the story can be told more through cinematography instead of relying entirely on the mise-en-scene like previous Disney films. For example, when Buzz and Woody are captured by the mean kid next door, Sid, and taken back to his house. The camera shows the point of view of the toys, a shot

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