HAR: Enviromental Hygiene

Baraka. Dir. Ron Frike. The Samuel Goldwyn Company. 1992.

Baraka. Dir. Ron Frike. The Samuel Goldwyn Company. 1992. 150 150 Callum Howkins

Ron Fricke’s 1992 documentary film Baraka highlights the darker side of human-animal relations through a sequence comparing two very similar visual images. One scene depicts a crowded subway while another shows new-born…

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Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird. Pixar. 2007.

Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird. Pixar. 2007. 150 150 Barney Waller

Within Ratatouille, the scene in which Remy figures out that he is able to control Linguini, Brad Bird confounds expectations through undermining the stereotype about the animality of rats, and using…

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Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava. Pixar. 2007.

Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava. Pixar. 2007. 150 150 Harriet Brodie

Brad Bird’s Ratatotuille challenges how we stereotypically perceive rats through the depiction of the protagonist, Remy. The narrative shows Remy struggling with finding acceptance in human society, despite the exceptional cooking talents…

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Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird. Buena Vista Pictures. 2007.

Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird. Buena Vista Pictures. 2007. 150 150 Joseph Nixon

Brad Bird’s 2007 computer-animated film Ratatouille uses its mode as animation to estab­lish an alternate logic to the real world, enabling communication between humans and animals. The turning point that establishes this…

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Ratatouille . Dir. Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava . Walt Disney Pictures. 2007.

Ratatouille . Dir. Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava . Walt Disney Pictures. 2007. 150 150 Laura Bell

The final shot of Ratatouille, the image of a rat in the restaurant sign, symbolises the fantasy of the rat and human worlds crossing, and the idealisation of a rat chef…

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Kes. Dir. Ken Loach. Woodfall Films. 1969.

Kes. Dir. Ken Loach. Woodfall Films. 1969. 150 150 Max Smith

Kes (dir. Ken Loach, 1969) depicts working class Billy using his kestrel training as a means of escaping the grim reality of life in the industrial north, while the juxtaposition of…

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Shaun the Sheep The Movie. Dir. Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. Studiocanal. 2015.

Shaun the Sheep The Movie. Dir. Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. Studiocanal. 2015. 150 150 Laura Bell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeI4i2Nzw8&feature=emb_title Restaurant scene Starzak and Burton challenge our perceptions of human and animal intelligence in Shaun the Sheep The Movie. Aardman excel in casting the animals as intelligent and exasperated by…

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Ponyo. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Toho. 2008.

Ponyo. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Toho. 2008. 150 150 Elaine Yee Lam Wong

‘What? She is captured by a boy? This is very bad. Is it already dead?’ yells Ponyo’s father Fujimoto when realising his precious daughter is being kept as a pet…

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Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. 2007.

Ratatouille. Dir. Brad Bird. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. 2007. 150 150 Sarah Brecknell

Brad Bird’s Ratatouille is a film in which the human community collides with that of the rats, through Remy the rat’s aspiration to be a cook for humans despite his status as…

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American Beauty. Dir. Sam Mendes. DreamWorks Pictures. 1999.

American Beauty. Dir. Sam Mendes. DreamWorks Pictures. 1999. 150 150 Sarah Brecknell

Despite its iconic lusty red petals, Sam Mendes’ American Beauty is abundant with other striking images – one of which is a dead bird, lying on the grass of the school grounds,…

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