American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era: A Study of Social Commentary in Films and Television Programs, 1961-1973

American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era: A Study of Social Commentary in Films and Television Programs, 1961-1973

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By (author) Christopher P. Lehman

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  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 223 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Jefferson, NC
  • ISBN 10: 078642818X
  • ISBN 13: 9780786428182
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index

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This book discusses the evolution of U.S. animation from militaristic and violent to liberal and pacifist and the role of the Vietnam War in this development. The book chronologically documents theatrical and television cartoon studios? changing responses to U.S. participation in the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1973, using as evidence the array of artistic commentary about the federal government, the armed forces, the draft, peace negotiations, the counterculture movement, racial issues, and pacifism produced during this period. The study further reveals the extent to which cartoon violence served as a barometer of national sentiment on Vietnam. When many Americans supported the war in the 1960s, scenes of bombings and gunfire were prevalent in animated films. In addition to the assessment of primary film materials, this book draws upon interviews with people involved in the production Vietnam-era films.

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