"In writing The Frodo Franchise: "The Lord of the Rings" and Modern Hollywood, Kristin Thompson enjoyed unprecedented access to the project's insiders. She interviewed seventy-six people - from Peter Jackson to fan webmasters to producers of the video games to directors of the DVD supplements to tour operators in New Zealand, among many others. She spent weeks on site while the third part of the trilogy was being finished - the ultimate inside vantage point - and the resulting book captures the full dimensions of the struggle to get Rings to the screen." "Thompson examines the movie's scripting and design as well as the new technologies deployed to produce the films and the all-important videogames and DVDs. She recounts how Jackson, then a little-known director with no hits to his credit, made the startling suggestion of shooting all three epic parts of J. R. R.Tolkien's classic simultaneously and how Jackson then, in realizing his vision, enormously expanded a few small companies into a world-class filmmaking complex. She profiles the fans whose websites provided the film with a wealth of free publicity. Thompson's own enthusiasm - she is a longtime devotee of the novels - and her expertise as a respected film historian underlie her discussion of the impact Rings has had on the companies that made the film and its related products, on the fantasy genre, on New Zealand, and, surprisingly, on independent cinema."--BOOK JACKET.
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Myth and Disney Movies
by Annalee R. Ward; Clifford Christians (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2002-12-01
Kids around the world love Disney animated films, and many of their parents trust the Disney corporation to provide wholesome, moral entertainment for their children. Yet frequent protests and even boycotts of Disney products and practices reveal a widespread unease with the sometimes mixed and inconsistent moral values espoused in Disney films as the company attempts to appeal to the largest possible audience.
In this book, Annalee R. Ward uses a variety of analytical tools based in rhetorical criticism to examine the moral messages taught in five recent Disney animated films--The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules,andMulan.Taking the films on their own terms, she uncovers the many mixed messages they purvey: for example, females can be leaders--but male leadership ought to be the norm; stereotyping is wrong--but black means evil; historical truth is valued--but only tell what one can sell, etc. Adding these messages together, Ward raises important questions about the moral ambiguity of Disney's overall worldview and demonstrates the need for parents to be discerning in letting their children learn moral values and life lessons from Disney films.