Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language


Animation adapted from literature, folk tales and ancient myths showcases diverse approaches towards reimagining elements of geographical landscapes as cultural identity. This paper aims to compare elements from Australian, Japanese and European animated works where geographical elements are used in order to recreate the original world of the literary work the animation is based on, where landscape defines the identity of the individuals and groups of enchanted animals and human custodians of the land and location. Case studies of Yoram Gross (Dot and the Kangaroo, 1977) Australia, Takahata Isao / Studio Ghibli (Racoon Wars Pom Poko, 1994) Japan and Marcell Jankovics (Song of the Miraculous Doe, 2002) Hungary will provide examples of the creative use of geographical elements to represent changing cultural landscapes and identities as portrayed in animation.

Author Biography

Zilia Zara-Papp, PhD is Associate Professor of Media and Design Studies at Saitama University, Japan.


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