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Cynthia Miller <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 11 May 2013 09:44:20 -0400
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Of Money and Mice: Animated Representations of Class, Wealth, and Consumer Culture
An area of multiple panels for the 2013 Film & History Conference on 
Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen
November 20-24, 2013
Madison Concourse Hotel (Madison, WI)
DEADLINE for abstracts: July 1, 2013

AREA: Of Money and Mice: Animated Representations of Class, Wealth, and Consumer Culture

For generations, animation has delivered messages, both subtle and obvious, about class and wealth to its young audiences, helping to form ideas about affluence, lifestyle, and consumerism. According to the New York Times, in 1934: M. Mouse is poorly paid [and] even the Three Little Pigs earn little. Did Mickey and Porky enter the middle class along with the rest of America? Is there a default class in animation? How did consumer culture influence the image of class and money on the screen? 

This area seeks papers that explore animated representations of money, class, and consumer culture either in front of or behind the camera. We welcome papers on animation from Hollywood and beyond, examining feature-length, short subject, and television cartoons. 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

	Animated Americans: cartoon illustrations of the American Dream from Davey and Goliath to The Simpsons and Family Guy 
	Elmer Fudd, Heckle and Jeckle, and the rural economy
	Cartoon careers: Tintin, Buzz Lightyear, Fred Flintstone, Roger Rabbit
	Idle poor/evil rich: Baloo the Bear, Cruella de Vil, Takatsuki Yayoi, Bobby Hill, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale
	Lifestyles of the animated: Speed Racer, Scooby Doo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Arthur
	Wealth and poverty, juxtaposed: The Aristocats, An American Tail, Anastasia, Aladdin

Proposals for complete panels (three or four related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an email address, for each presenter.  For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Contact Info:
Tiffany Knoell, Area Chair
Of Money and Mice: Animated Representations of Class, Wealth, and Consumer Culture
Bowling Green State University
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