Inspiring Research Images

Searching for images through google i found some great images that i think will help Julie and i get on the right track.

An italian looking world made from mainly italian ingredients and keeping to an italian colour scheme. The colours and vegetables remind me of Ratatouille, so it could be based in France, who knows.


An underwater world made from mainly tropical fruits, i love it, the pineapple mountains in partuclar give me great idea’s.


An octopus made from a banana, makes me wonder what else there is around the house that could be an animal in disguise.


Marshmallow icebergs, in this image look cute, painting a large vast area withmuch larger icebergs, may make the ‘cute’ marshmallows look much more intimidating.


Cauliflower sheep, perhaps in a world made entirely of vegetables and other farming/harvest crops?


Turtles shell made from a  crusty bap, love it!


Animals all made from fruits and vegetables, could go very well with the farm/harvest theme.



A pink sweet world that reminds me very much of Sugar Rush from Wreck it Ralph. There are so many elements from this image that just make me want to start sketching out ideas!


This image makes me think rustic country side, perhaps in France.  The bread roofs and hills look almost good enough to eat.


This is a screen shot i took from the animated series of short’s ‘Rollin Wild’ where all the animals are comically ver overweight, these flamingos reminded me of the pink lollipop tree’s in the image above.


Insects made from fast food? Eek!

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Aubergine Penguins, so cute!  They really have a stance of how a penguin would really stand.


If Frozen had been made from sweets, this would be it! Amazing!worldoffood-header

this image get me so excited and just make me want to doodle out tons of idea’s, lets get started!


Inspiration From Animated Films

Since we are planning to create a world from foods, we thought it would be best to start taking inspiration from films that give off the general style we are aiming for, take for example the ‘bread and butterflies’ from Alice in Wonderland, obviously we won’t be using them, but something really nice like this would be great to think of, not only is it a cool creature but it’s a play on words.


For the city/town world/scenes id like to create i have took inspiration from the architecture of the buildings in ToonTown in Disney World which are heavily inspired from 2d animations where they over exaggerated shapes, lines and curves to create the worlds we know and love, below is Micky Mouses house.


As a child i loved Dr Seuss Books and when i first saw The Grinch (2000) it amazed me that there actually was people and buildings in the same style that was illustrated in the books i loved as a child, looking at images from Seuss Landing in Universal Studio shows this style well.


ToonTown also has many buildings and streets created, It isn’t that we want to create a world thats wacky like this, but incorporate and the shapes and styles used when creating things from sweets and food things.

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Looking at scenes from ‘The Lorax’ A Dr Seuss book that got turned into the 2012 film of the same name, really inspires me, looking at the image below, imagine those fluffy trees were made from candy floss or hard candy lollipops, imagine all those little leaves of the ground are made from shiney sweetie wrappers and imagine those rolling hill’s where made from cakes, ice cream and other delicious mountains of goodies, it would be an amazing scene to see and is something i really want to capture withen this project.truffula-trees-lorax

Sugar Rush

Once we decided to focus on creating a world from food one of the first thing’s we thought of for inspiration was ‘Sugar Rush’ the fictional game world from ‘Wreck It Ralph’ (2012).

It is a world made entirely of sweets, mainly american based sweets, such as oreos and laffy taffies.


Sugar Rush kept to a colour scheme of mainly pink’s with some browns, the world was depicted to be mainly made of chocolate, candy floss, strawberry milkshakes etc.

There is a volcano in the world shaped like a coke bottle and they even state that it is coke, and when Mento’s fall in that’s what causes the eruption.


Using straws as tree stumps, gum drops as  stepping stones, the lake, the ground it could be anything which really add’s to the open idea of creating our own idea of making worlds from food.


Concept Art Project

Part of our creative strategies module allows us to choose one of our own projects from a list of options, i chose Concept Art with the task being create a range of concept sketches and paintings that describe a world of your choice. Another part of our task is to either work alone or work in a team of your choice, myself and Julie Kane decided we would like to work together as we both have a painter/illustrator style background.

The next task was to decide what type of world we want to create, straight away Julie said she would like to focus on a jungle world with cool and cute animals, i think wondered how we could make it broader and a little more original, we then agreed it would be really cool to create a world from food, meaning sweets, savoury snacks, full meal options and their packaging, this means we can go crazy with our idea’s but also create more than just a jungle, we have decided that through a series of paintings and sketches we will create a jungle, a city, sea life etc

The first things that came into our heads for inspiration is the likes of SugarRush in Wreck it Ralph and some of the characters from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951), the bread and butterflies for example.

I am very excited about this project and am looking forward to seeing what sort of worlds we create together.

Essay Plan

Title: Comparing the Female Lead in Western and Eastern Animation



  • Explaining title
  • Why I feel passionately about this
  • Why I feel it is important to write this essay
  • What I plan to discuss and why

Discussing Walt Disney Studio’s


  • Begin with ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ (1937): Discuss plot and what purpose Snow White actually had to her own story, who was the hero and who was the villain. What message does this send to women?
  • Move on to the next Disney Princess film, ‘Cinderella’ (1950: Came over a decade later, was there much difference? Did she have more importance to her own film?
  • Skip ahead to the 80’s and 90’s and discuss ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989) and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991)- discuss what has changed in this films, if anything.
  • Fast forward to 2010 onwards with films such as ‘Brave’ (2012) and ‘Frozen’ (2013) where we see a much more drastic change in the female lead.
  • Discuss why I think this has changed looking at time period, culture and how gender equality has changed most drastically in the last twenty years.


Discussing Studio Ghibli


  • Discuss ‘Castle in the Sky’ (1986), Studio Ghibli’s first film, discuss what purpose Princess Sheeta to her own story, possibly compare this to Snow White?
  • Discuss ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ (1988), and the two main characters, children, Satsuki and Mei.
  • Discuss ‘Spirited Away’ (2001) and the main character Chihiro and what purpose she has to her own story.
  • Fast forward to 2013 and compare Frozen and/or Brave to ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ (2013)


Compare both Studio’s


  • Compare both studio’s first off looking at the female characters and their looks, body image and age’. Then discuss the importance they have to the story plot they are involved in.
  • Look at cultural movements of that time and discuss if this reflects in the movies.
  • Discuss why western films characters are usually between the ages of 16 and 18 and why Eastern film usually have children between the ages of 4 and 12.


What Message Does this Send?


  • What do young children say these films messages send?
  • What do grown women feel the message is that these films send?
  • What do men think?
  • What do the directors and writers of the films say the message is?
  • What do I think?




  • What message have I gotten across?
  • Do I think film has changed through time?
  • Will it?
  • Does there need to be change?
  • What can we take away from this?


Essay Proposal

DES333 (83247) Design Discourse 2, 2014 – 15

Essay Proposal Form

1. Title of Your Essay

Comparing the Female lead in Western and Eastern Animation

2. Description for Your Topic

In my essay I wish to discuss Gender & Sexuality within Animation, focusing on the female lead. I want to mainly focus on two animation studios, Walt Disney Studio’s, an extremely well known western animation company, and Studio Ghibli, a equally well known eastern animation company. I didn’t just choose these two studio’s because of their popularity but because they both have one very important thing in common, almost all of their films have female leading characters.

With Disney I want to discuss how their female leads have changed throughout time and why this has happened, discussing the likes of Snow White, (who didn’t really have the lead in her own film) right up until the likes of Merida from Brave and Anna and Elsa from Disney’s latest animated feature, Frozen, All of these characters are usually 16, the oldest being 17, turning 18.

With Studio Ghibli when looking at films such as ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and ‘Spirited Away’ you can see that the female leads are much younger and are seen as children, for example the lead character from Spirited away is only 10 years old and the leading sisters from ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ are 11 and 4 years old.

I want to discuss why both studio’s like to focus on female leads, and I want to research further into why they have such different age ranges. I will be looking at the time period, cultural changes within different parts of the world at the time these film’s where released and how I think these factors were shown or affected the films of the time period. I also want to look at how media may have affected the story, appearance and script of these films.

3. The Research Question

  • What are the differences between female leads in Western & Eastern Animation and why is this different worldwide?
  • What message does this send to women and young girls alike?
  • Does this send a good or bad message and what should change?

4. Importance to the Field of Your Research

I feel this discussion is important because in todays society, advertising and the media sometimes send terrible messages to women and young girls about how they should look, dress, act and even what they should like, when in fact everyone should be allowed to be who they are, wear what they like, and have interest’s and act as they want without judgment. People see characters in films as role models and idols and when it comes to animated films from the two companies I am discussing, they are seen as family films, so the message they send to young girls is much more important, which is why I feel passionately about this subject and want to discuss and research it at length.

5. The Outline for the Essay

  • Introduction- What I plan to discuss within the essay and why
  • Discuss main points of both animation studios and compare similarities and differences
  • Discuss the message they give to young girls and women alike
  • Discuss reasons things may have happened, eg: finance, time period, cultural movements etc
  • Discuss what message the directors claim should be took from the films
  • Conclusion

5. Bibliography


Cavallaro, D (2006). The Anime Art of Hayao Mayazaki . London: McFarland & Co Inc .

(1992). Women and Animation: a Compendium. London: The British Film Institute

Lerew, J (2012). The Art of Brave. Chronicle Books

Davis, A (2006). Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney Feature Animation. John Libbey Publishing

Sites and PDF’s

Gaynor, C (2014). The Ladies of Studio Ghibli

Jones, S (2014). Hayao Mayazaki: The Great Feminist Filmmaker of His Time

Stampler, L (2013). Do Animated Female Characters Need to be ‘Pretty’?