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In this piece Txuspo Poyo uses the documentary format in order to explore, by means of the varied and different participants gathered together for the video, the nature and the characteristics of cartoons.
The different characters speak about the effect that cartoons had on them, and about the specific characteristics of these. At first we hear about Walt Disney’s films and later about the different series that Warner produced for television. Towards the end, the video turns its attention towards superheroes’ and underground comics.
A series of people stand in front of the camera and comment on the different aspects of these cartoon productions intended for a childhood audience. The moral of the stories, which are usually quite conservative, the two-dimensional and stereotypical characters, the perpetuation of feminine and masculine roles, etc. are talked about. All of the characters in the video speak directly to the camera and are never interpellated nor interrupted with questions. The author of the video does not appear on camera, and the names of the different people appearing on screen are not given at any point, as is usually the case with more standard type documentaries. All the different fragments are woven together to create a coherent narrative about the defining characteristics of cartoons.
Cartoons was shot with a Fisher Price camera, popular during the 1980s, which provides the piece with a pixelated and low quality image.
Càmera: Pixel Vision