Time to explore some more articles for the Inquiry Project! I’m jumping fully into cartoon and children’s show as both and art form and a form of gender presentation.
The first paper I’m looking into was found through the library website on Jstor and is titled Re-evaluating Gender and Smoking in Thunderbirds 35 years On. The piece was published in June 2002 in the journal Tobacco Control. The paper was written by K Hunt and discusses the popular puppet show Thunderbirds. Though Hunt mainly analyzes the consumption of tobacco in Thunderbirds, the author also dives into the representation of gender in the show. K Hunt scoured over seasons of Thunderbirds and analyzed the gendered portrayals in the show. Hunt found that Thunderbirds stuck very closely to the traditional family gendered roles. Hunt discusses the patriarchal implications of Thunderbirds and the effect that portrayal may have on children viewing the show. This study has implications for my inquiry project because it shines more light on cartoon’s role as gender teacher/police for young viewers.
The next article I chose for this research log was found in The Atlantic. Can Cowboy Bebop‘s Creator Make More People Take Anime Seriously? was written by Monica Kim in 2014 and discusses the ways in which Cowboy Bepop is changing the way people view anime as a genre and an art form. Kim highlights the difficulties anime creators have found in being taken seriously as directors and members of the art community. Kim details the ways in which Cowboy Bepop’s creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, is shifting popular anime’s focus from giggling schoolgirl to serious sharp shooting jazz fusion. The art and music take center stage in Cowboy Bepop, and for that reason it was found critical acclaim in even American circles. This article is applicable to my Inquiry project because of the information it provides on anime and children’s shows in general s a serious art form.
Lastly, I took a look at another article in The Atlantic, this one titled ‘Adventure Time’ Just Finished One of the Most Ambitious Seasons of Television Ever. In this piece written in 2014, David Sims talks about the various ways in which Adventure Time is transcending the children’s carton paradigm. Sims reviews Adventure Time’s massive 5th season and the complex themes of existentialism, nihilism and loneliness conquered therein. Sims points to to the subversive female gender roles presented in the show by Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, and Flame Princess. Sims reveals the true beauty of Adventure Time in it’s ability to convey deeply emotional, philosophical concepts in a straightforward, lighthearted manner. I’m obsessed with this article and the show and I want to read a thousand million more things like this. I’d be interested to see if David Sims feels this way about Steven Universe as well. All of the articles I reviewed this week shed some new light on my topic, but I definitely gathered the most information from Sim’s Adventure Time review in The Atlantic. I’ll definitely continue to use The Atlantic as a source for my Inquiry project research.