This week’s lectures and seminars have all been about Genre and my task this week is to look into a particular genre and conduct some interviews to find out what the audience likes and dislikes about the Genre I choose.
All Animated Comedies have certain elements that are the same, these include:
The way all the programmes I’m looking at all follow families in everyday life, How these 3 programmes follow everyday issues, many Animated comedies include many sexist jokes, also they are all animated, also with the 3 programmes I’m looking at you have a full family with a child of each sex and a mother and father. In many animated comedies you have the father as the main character and they are nearly always stupid or obsessive.
Each object have certain elements that make it different from the rest;
Family guy – Each episode is focused on a particular character, The family have a talking dog who is rather entertaining and is obsessed wit the mother of the house. The baby of the family is obsessed with world domination and killing his mother as he is certain that he is going to be put back in his mothers womb, the daughter of the family is always shown like an outcast and everyone always thinks that she is a guy or completely ugly, even her own father thinks she is his son.
American Dad – the family have an alien that acts like a son to the family and the whole show is focused on the father figure and the rest of the episodes are just evolved around him.
Simpsons – this programme focuses on school, work and pubs within the family life. you have a younger sibling who is really smart which makes the older child bad as he caves attention, Simpsons is the one animated comedy that most resembles real life.
With every Genre the audience will get a different perspective to other people within the audience. This usually depends on the gender, age and class. In my opinion I think Males aged 15 – 25 would enjoy animated comedies more than females overall. This is because I think guys will appreciate the sexist jokes and innuendoes quite funny whereas women may just find them offensive. I also think some people can find animated comedies like a stress relief but quite immature.
There are many pleasures that an audience will get from different genres, in animated comedies give the audience laughter, stress relief, amusement and in some ways make them feel young again as they are animated.
I asked a few people what they liked about animated comedies and what they disliked.
Like – They are funny, animated, the people in them can get away with things that we would get away with in real life, makes me laugh, little adventures that happen within the episodes, the way children want world domination and how the main father figures in the programmes are just brilliant.
Dislike – They can be too childish, they use unfunny subjects, all the families in animated comedies tend to turn towards religion, especially the ones created in the USA, they all include blokeish humour, some have speaking animals and human-animal relationships which is just disturbing.