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The production of 'The Fox and the Hound' was a significant transformation for Disney as the new line of animators were brought in. 'The Fox and the Hound' was put together in 1981 while 'Bambi', was produced much earlier in 1942. Therefore showing a big time gap of nearly forty-years, which implicates that there will be a lot of differences in image, colour and sound as the technology of film-making has evolved. The ideas of nature in both films contrast quite strongly with each other. In 'Bambi' we see how the director has deliberately given us the impression that nature in itself is freely inviting and that the existence of nature will never change. Whereas in 'The Fox and the Hound' it's dissimilar, we get persuaded into thinking that nature is a treacherous, perilous and precarious ecosystem. Exploring the image and colour in the two films, reveals a distinction between each of the films. The colours used in 'Bambi' are bright and cool i.e. green, blue, and brown. Images slowly blend into the next scene, the pale, muted colours and silhouettes of leaves in 'Bambi' contrasts with the mist and darkness of 'The Fox and the Hound'. ...read more.

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Another example of anthropomorphism is when we hear the animals speak. As the 'society' of the forest is in perspective, we see how harmonious their community is, which is established so we don't get a sense of threat and fear as we see in 'The Fox and the Hound'. This contributes to the representation of nature as pleasant-sounding and joyful, which is established through the characters and their behaviour. Contrasting with the 'flight of the fox' in 'The Fox and the Hound' we sense tension. This tension started when we first saw the mother and its baby, fleeing from the pursuing hunters. The tension is maintained as the tempo of the chase progresses, which is then further emphasised as the scenes of the different parts of the forest of which the fox has ran through is shown, giving us the thought that the fox and its baby has covered a lot distance. As the chase draws to an end we see a bridge, a fence and other man-made features. The director has chosen to do this so we realise how humans have affected and demoralised nature. This suggests that nature is being intruded by man without respect. ...read more.

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We hear the slow playing of the violin and the gentle plucking of the harp, which establishes the setting and a sense of harmony. We listen to the diegetic sounds of rustling leaves, birds fluttering and making noises in 'The Fox and the Hound', which contributes to a view of nature as awakening and revitalising. While examining the silence in 'The Fox and the Hound' we notice that it has been done to build up a sense of confusion and uncertainness. We listen to the gunshots, barking and squawking birds as the mother is shot. There is then silence which represents a poignant moment, the audience stops to reflect on what just happened. The non-diegetic sound of the cello adds to the impact of the opening sequence, the cello epitomizes sadness, melancholy and lonesomeness. Through analysis of 'The Fox and the Hound' and 'Bambi', we see how different nature is viewed in both films. The view of nature that is significant in 'Bambi' is that nature belongs to its inhabitants and not to foreigners, whereas in 'The Fox and the Hound' we discover nature as unsafe, unwelcoming and the whole experience can be daunting, but there are aspects that are inviting. All in all, we realise that nature should be appreciated and respected. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Rassam Media Assignment ...read more.

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