Science Fiction

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Dir. Garth Jennings. Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2005.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Dir. Garth Jennings. Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 2005. 150 150 Sophie Lott

Garth Jennings’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy introduces its science fiction narrative by destabilizing the assumption that human intelligence is greater than that of all other animals by conceptualizing that they…

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Outbreak. Dir. Wolfgang Peterson. Warner Bros. 1995.

Outbreak. Dir. Wolfgang Peterson. Warner Bros. 1995. 150 150 Rachel Buttery

Outbreak forewarns of the devastating consequences of animal exploitation, encapsulating them in the scene where Jimbo delivers Betsy, host monkey for the deadly Motaba virus, to a pet shop where she…

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Planet of the Apes. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox. 1968.

Planet of the Apes. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox. 1968. 150 150 Amy Fuller

Planet of the Apes (1968), dir. Franklin J. Schaffner It is from the Planet of the Apes’s first encounter with its ‘more or less human’ characters that we are made aware of…

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Treasure Planet. Dir. Ron Clements. Disney. 2002.

Treasure Planet. Dir. Ron Clements. Disney. 2002. 150 150 Elizabeth Cherry

In the animated film Treasure Planet anthropomorphism is used as a narrative tool within a wider concept of Hyperrealism which is ‘Disney Studio’s application of realist conventions of narrative, logical causality and…

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Avatar. Dir. James Cameron. 20th Century Fox. 2009.

Avatar. Dir. James Cameron. 20th Century Fox. 2009. 150 150 Sian Oliver-Waters

Set in the year 2154, Avatar (Dir. James Cameron, 2009) follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic ex-marine who is given the opportunity to take part in a program on the distant…

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Mighty Joe Young. Dir. Ron Underwood. Buena Vista Pictures. 1998.

Mighty Joe Young. Dir. Ron Underwood. Buena Vista Pictures. 1998. 150 150 Amelia Eckersley

Film provides a platform for racial stereotypes to indoctrinate its viewers and relay social prejudices. Lester and Ross argue that ‘the predominant juxtaposition of images of blacks and social problems-…

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The Cat From Outer Space. Dir. Norman Tokar. Buena Vista Distribution. 1978.

The Cat From Outer Space. Dir. Norman Tokar. Buena Vista Distribution. 1978. 150 150 Bradley Savage

As we see a feline descend from the tongue-like walkway of a cat-shaped spaceship, Disney’s 1978 film The Cat From Outer Space opens, invoking a science-fiction both familiar and alien. It is…

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Stalker. Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. Mosfilm. 1979.

Stalker. Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. Mosfilm. 1979. 150 150 Isaac Whiting

Andrei Tarkovsky’s science-fiction film, Stalker (1979), is marked by depression, desolation and barren wastelands.[1] The film’s loose narrative follows three men into The Zone, a disturbingly conscious and supernatural area of nuclear disaster.…

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Planet of the Apes. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox. 1968.

Planet of the Apes. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox. 1968. 150 150 Harry Howes

The portrayal of animals in Planet of the Apes [1] is interesting as the roles of humans and animals are essentially reversed from what we are used to in everyday life.…

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Dir. Wes Anderson. Buena Vista Pictures. 2004.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Dir. Wes Anderson. Buena Vista Pictures. 2004. 150 150 Anne Goodall

Wes Anderson’s fourth full-length film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, details the life of oceanographer and documentarian Steve Zissou following the death of his professional partner and best friend. The…

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