HAR: Metamorphosis/Transformation

The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Orion Pictures. 1991.

The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Orion Pictures. 1991. 150 150 Thomas Richardson

Alongside terrific and terrifying characters such as Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, there is another sinister dramatis persona evoked in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs – that of…

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A Christmas Carol. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2009.

A Christmas Carol. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2009. 150 150 Georgina Hartley

‘Even the blind men’s dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their…

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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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2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. 1968. 150 150 Callum Ratcliffe

Figure 1: Parody recreation of the ‘Dawn of Man’ sequence in The Simpsons S3 Ep8 (1991) dir. Carlos BaezaFigure 2: Animal Mother (pictured)Inscribing violence onto the body of animality and…

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Penguin Bloom. Dir. Glendyn Ivin. Netflix, Inc. 2021.

Penguin Bloom. Dir. Glendyn Ivin. Netflix, Inc. 2021. 543 269 Rachel Davies

Inspired by true events, Penguin Bloom tells the story of Sam Bloom, a mother and wife who became paralysed after a serious accident.  As she struggles through a difficult recovery,…

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Batman Begins. Dir. Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros. 2005.

Batman Begins. Dir. Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros. 2005. 150 150 Drew Carlin

Why does Batman dress like a bat? In the words of Batman himself, “bats frighten me. It’s time my enemies shared my dread.” In Batman Begins, the boundaries between human…

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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Dir. Jim Stenstrum. Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. 1998.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Dir. Jim Stenstrum. Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. 1998. 150 150 Natalie Fenn

Figure 1 – Simone and Lena’s partial werecat transformation, lending them features of both species. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island[1] is subversive both in terms of subverting what you’d expect from…

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The Little Prince. Dir. Mark Osborne. Paramount Pictures. 2015

The Little Prince. Dir. Mark Osborne. Paramount Pictures. 2015 561 800 Alexandrea Bilton

The Little Prince uses the animated medium of a children’s film to reconfigure the representation of the snake. A ‘common trope’ also applied here, is to present snakes as a…

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The Simpsons Movie. Dir. David Silverman. 20th Century Fox. 2007.

The Simpsons Movie. Dir. David Silverman. 20th Century Fox. 2007. 150 150 Lois Jones

Why does everything I whip leave me?– Homer Simpson, The Simpsons Movie The Simpsons Movie – Spider-pig dressed up as Harry Plopper The Simpsons Movie is characterised by imprisonment vs…

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The Good Dinosaur. Dir. Peter Sohn. Disney Pixar. 2015.

The Good Dinosaur. Dir. Peter Sohn. Disney Pixar. 2015. 150 150 Lucinda Fox

Ever wondered what life would be like if dinosaurs never became extinct? Well, you’ll never have to wonder again thanks to The Good Dinosaur. In this alternate world human-animal relationships…

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