Journal Entry – Week 4 (short paper outline)

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Respond to the prompt on this page. For instructions on how to submit a journal entry, please follow these instructions. FORMATTING FOR THIS WEEK: Use the title format “[FirstName] [LastName] SP Outline” and select the Category “Journal Entry – Week 4 (short paper outline)”

Review the short paper guideline and grading rubric and submit a thesis or outline as a journal entry by next week. Your entry should include:

  • The name of the short or full feature films that you will be focusing on (it must be one that we’ve discussed in class between week 1 and week 5).
  • Why are you drawn to this film – because of it’s story? technique? aesthetic? political context? etc.)
  • An outline of elements you will be researching/writing about (this can be done in the form of a list or in a paragraph)

Natalia Ruzzi SP Outline

I’ve decided to talk about “Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus” for my Short Paper. Initially, I was just drawn in by the characters, as I do enjoy an animated mouse, but after rewatching the language in it is quite interesting to me. Upon first glance you might just pass it off as old timey but when you look more into the background of the creator, George Herriman, there’s real intent behind how he writes each character. I realize I should probably be talking more about the animation of this piece, and while I will and touch up on some of Herriman’s influences, I think there is a lot to be said just about the language and the people behind the piece. If I could, I would like to maybe talk about why Krazy Kat was unpopular leading to their animations never exactly taking off as well. I’ve found a few different articles that gave me a lot of background on Herriman and the comics, so I almost feel as if I am not getting enough information on just the animations.

This one is about the language in Krazy Kat:

This one just talks about Herriman, his influences, and who was inspired by his work:

This one talks about the animations and different studios that worked on certain ones, although the people who made the piece I am talking about is not mentioned: