HAR: Imagination/Representation

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Pictures. 1982

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Pictures. 1982 150 150 Callum Ratcliffe

https://youtu.be/qYAETtIIClk Figure 1: Trailer for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Figure 2: Grant (Sam Neill) reinforces the role of the surrogate father trope in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) dir. Steven Spielberg…

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The Emperor’s New Groove. Dir. Mark Dindal. Walt Disney Pictures. 2000.

The Emperor’s New Groove. Dir. Mark Dindal. Walt Disney Pictures. 2000. 2560 1440 Drew Carlin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zefYX6e1g3Y Disney’s animated comedy feature The Emperor’s New Groove follows the journey of a selfish Inca Emperor, Kuzco, who is transformed into a llama by his megalomaniac royal advisor, Yzma.…

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Surf’s Up. Dir. Ash Brannon & Chris Buck. Columbia Pictures. 2007.

Surf’s Up. Dir. Ash Brannon & Chris Buck. Columbia Pictures. 2007. 1920 1080 Rachel Davies

Released in 2007, during the surge of penguin movies, Surf’s Up is a unique animated mockumentary exploring how penguins are the ‘real’ inventors of the worldwide sport, surfing. A documentary…

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Blade Runner 2049. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Alcon Entertainment. 2017.

Blade Runner 2049. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Alcon Entertainment. 2017. 1920 1080 Lili Cave

Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 (2017) transports us to a dystopian earth, where humans and replicants, bio-engineered humans used for slave labour, live side by side. There is a clear…

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Ferdinand. Dir. Carlos Saldanha. 20th Century Studios. 2017.

Ferdinand. Dir. Carlos Saldanha. 20th Century Studios. 2017. 150 150 Lauryn Edwards

“Built to fight, born to love.” Part of the core ethics depicted within Saldanha’s Ferdinand (2017) is that the exploitation of animals, whether bullfighting or meat production, is unacceptable. However,…

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Okja. Dir. Bong Joon-ho. Netflix. 2017

Okja. Dir. Bong Joon-ho. Netflix. 2017 1024 427 Amelia Keen

There are two kinds of pigs that make an appearance in Okja; genetically modified super-pigs and greedy, corporate capitalist pigs. The slaughterhouse scene forces the viewer to dispel any false…

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Wolfwalkers. Dir Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Apple TV+. 2020.

Wolfwalkers. Dir Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Apple TV+. 2020. 570 268 Eleanore Speight

The woods are getting smaller every day. At the core of 2020’s Wolfwalkers is a fable about environmental degradation:  the mounting destruction of the natural world, and the subjugation of…

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Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang. Dir. Susanna White. Universal Pictures. 2010.

Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang. Dir. Susanna White. Universal Pictures. 2010. 150 150 Lauren Webb

https://youtu.be/1ROIP2PRqt8?t=193 Susanna White’s Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang (2010) introduces Mr Edelweiss as Nanny McPhee’s mischievous sidekick. Mr Edelweiss is a Jackdaw crow, a member of the Corvid species,…

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Legally Blonde. Dir. Robert Luketic. MGM Films. 2001.

Legally Blonde. Dir. Robert Luketic. MGM Films. 2001. 150 150 Lucy Sutherland

Robert Luketic’s 2001 film Legally Blonde follows sorority girl Elle Woods’ journey at Harvard Law School, with her chihuahua, Bruiser. Bruiser is used as a demonstrative device of Elle’s hyper-femininity…

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The Lion King. Dir. Jon Favreau. Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview entertainment. 2019.

The Lion King. Dir. Jon Favreau. Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview entertainment. 2019. 150 150 Grace Horth

Jon Favreau’s 2019 recreation of The Lion King is something David Attenborough would be proud of, or is it? Disney seems to have a habit of reproducing the same stories,…

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