Summer project

For my summer project I was focusing on animation and Walt Disney, as some of his film are what lead me to want to go down the career path I am pursing at the moment.

It was in 1991 while still an unrecognised artist, that Walt Disney would start up a small studio to be known as Laugh-o-grams, and made short films on contract but it would appear even Disney would have some trouble starting off as the company did eventually go into bankruptcy.

But it was at this point, with the little money he had left, travelled to Hollywood with a reel of animation that he had been working on with his team, the animation entitled “Alice’s Wonderland”

it would be Alice that would be somewhat of a saviour for Disney, who’s first job after reaching los angles’ was a series of Alice comedies based off the original concept he had shown.

However it was not until 1928 with the launch of Steamboat Willie that the animation of Disney would finally take off.



Semiotics is something I have wanted to write about from the beginning, but wasn’t really sure how to go about it, and was having trouble finding easily read information, and by that I mean, that didn’t explain it in an overly complex manor, The subject intrigues me to such a great extent, and when I reflect upon it and various points people make it just captivates me further, I remember reading about analysing symbols, for example a heart.

I came across this set of slides, that points out some of the words, phrases and ideas that could be associated with it, but then separates what the heart is literally is, and how we associate so many other abstract things with it, and the same could be said for so many symbols, but what really gets me is our ability to now recognise so many symbols without thought or hesitation, for example if I am walking though town and I see this sign.


I know that it means parking, or if i see a male of female stick figure on a wall, door or sign i know that it means there is a toilet near by.

Charles Perrault – “Wonder tales”

Charles Perrault, was a French who would come to set the foundations for a new literary genre, The Fairy tale, With his various story’s, may of them stemming from some of the many folk tales that were told before him, I wanted to talk bout Perrault because of one story in particular, “Le Petit Chaperon rouge” (Little red riding hood), one of his many more popular tales.

I chose to talk about this as I feel that Little red riding hood, as well as some of his other tales, have had such an incredible impact on the world, with adaptations of the title popping up even to this day, some of them staying quite blatantly true to his story’s where as others are shockingly abstract, to the point where its hard to believe such a story could even be portrayed in such a way.

Even Betty Boop was in my opinion was to be host to a somewhat disturbing rendition of the story considering the audience.

But along with this, there are countless renditions of this story and many others of his, and i think people like Perrault are “living” proof of the power writing has over the world, where a single man can influence countless generations, with nothing but words written down and passed on.

Folk tales ~

Vladimir yakovlevich Propp, is known well for his writing on Morphology, was a soviet formalist scholar who broke down the plots of Russian folk tales, in order to look at their narrative in its simplest form, with his book “morphology of the Folk tale, he influenced/inspired many people to carry out the similar work with his great insight and analysis of folk tales.

He managed to go as far as breaking down the the narrative structure into 31 possibility’s, Outcomes or events, he would also come to say that characters could be broken down in the same way, with them being resolved into 7 different functions in the many tales he looked at, though he is not without criticism, due to the fact that he does not take into account many things that change from one tale to the next, for example the mood or tone of the story being told.



Vladimir Propp (1928) Morphology of the folk tale

Aesop’s fables – cont

When reading into Aesop and his fables I started to realize how little is certain about him, he has had a large number of fables credited to his name through the century’s, however it is uncertain weather they all did in fact originate from him or not, as there are no writings by Aesop himself, only writings that came century’s after his death after his fables had continuously passed on, and if these fables were passed on from him, who’s to say that he was not influenced by words of others or even just credited for fables he did not tell.

Aesop was such a strong personality that is contemporaries credited him with every fable ever before heard and his successors with every fable told since” Willis L. Parker (1931)

There are many things that could have changed in the fables said to be told by Aesop as the story’s were not documented for a significant period time, many of them could have been altered by those who told them next or even had parts of them lost in translation though different languages, it makes me wonder if the story’s we knew today would be much different if Aesop had documented his fables himself.



Willis L. Parker (1931) The fables of Aesop.


Aesop’s Fables ~

fables are in most cases, short story’s that make cautionary points, often using animals that act and speak like humans, and is something I have been looking forward to writing about, focusing on one man’s fables in particular known as Aesop.

Hellenistic statue claimed to depict Aesop, Art Collection of Villa Albani, Rome.

Hellenistic statue claimed to depict Aesop, Art Collection of Villa Albani, Rome.

Although his birthplace is not certain, it is said that he was born into slaver around the year 620 BC, during his time as a slave he was owned by two masters, the latter of which would decide to give Aesop his freedom as a reward for his learning ability and wit, meaning that now, as a “freedman” he then had the right to get involved with public affairs, and so he did, and continued to do so until he found himself in a position or high renown, and although this is not where his story ends, I do not want to talk about Aesop’s story itself, but rather the wonderful story’s or, “fables” he would come to tell others and how they would live on throughout time to this very day.



Willis L. Parker (1931) The fables of Aesop.



2.0 Exploring cognition

“Picasso ended up where normally he should have started.”

it was in this lecture that we began talking about pablo picasso and the abstraction of images, i found particular interest in this, as we talked about “Le Taureau” mainly due to the somewhat strange process involved, where you could almost say that Picasso “finished where normally, he ought to have started” (A Picasso portfolio, 2010, 77)

the image was of a bull that he drew in many stages, starting with fully rendered versions an slowly making them more abstract or using less marks to define it, with the final product consisting of merely a few lines, that yet still clearly represent a bull, although there were some notable points about this final image, for example, the bulls head was around the same size if not smaller than the bulls genitals, to which my tutor raised the question “what does it mean” and we discussed the possibility if deeper meaning to images, for example, maybe the small head refers to the bull as being small minded.

Pablo Picasso, Les 11 états successifs de la lithographie Le Taureau , 1945. This is the sereise of images Picasso created, while working backwards, towards basic mark making like that seen in the last image.

(Pablo Picasso, Les 11 états successifs de la lithographie Le Taureau , 1945.)
This is the series of images Picasso created, while working backwards, towards basic mark making like that seen in the last image.