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Film for Action: Love for Social Change

The film I chose is titled Love Has No Label and it is a very short (3:20) POWERFUL video campaign to fight discrimination and prejudism by promoting love as an indicator of one another’s acceptance of differences.


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Weeks 6 and 8: Animation

Articles:  Editor’s Notebook: The Impact of Animation in Unexpected Places UNICEF: Cartoons for Children’s Rights Animation and Documentaries Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Education (India) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Self Expression (Chile) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: A Protective Environment (Scotland) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Identity (Iran) Cartoons for Children’s Rights: Freedom From Discrimination Schoolhouse Rock : How a Bill Becomes a Law Schoolhouse Rock: Conjunction Junction The Story of Stuff Super Size Me (Opening)

Meaningful Play

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From a young age my mom instilled in me a certain obligation for protecting all things natural. Of course these “things” varied, from her urging me to boycott hair dye to preserve my natural dark locks, to the more extreme and definitely more important effort of preserving the Earth and its majestic natural spaces. Her most recent project involves protecting the clean water supply that my home state, Michigan, is known world-wide for. She is doing this by creating a petition to ban hydraulic fracking in the state of Michigan.

Slightly switching gears, my older brother Greg, a fellow Spartan in his final semester of graduate school, works for Michigan State University at the Games for Entertainment and Learning lab. The basic premise of the lab is to design meaningful games, both digital and non-digital, that educate players about a topic.

Let me connect the dots. Based on my mother’s commitment to protecting clean water, and my brother’s passion for meaningful video games, I felt eerily connected to the “Get H20 Challenge” solution. It is the perfect fusion of my family’s devotions.

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Here’s How We’re Going To End Factory Farming (Anna Cheffy)


In just two minutes and ten seconds a story, a message, and a solution can be powerfully received. “Here’s How We’re Going to End Factory Farming” is an animated short film devoted to ending animal cruelty involved in factory farming. Animals Australia’s initiative, Make It Possible, strives to create a kinder world. In order to do so, they must educate. Knowledge is the greatest threat to factory farming. By exposing the harsh realities and truth, people will hopefully decrease their demand for meat. This solution is dependent upon us. By refusing to eat factory farmed meats, eating fewer animal products, or becoming entirely meat free, ending factory farming can be achieved.
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The Story of Stuff (Mariel Rothman)


The Story of Stuff was released in 2007. It is a 20 minute long movie that is stuffed with facts and animation, teaching viewers about over consumption and the importance of recycling. Annie Leonard wrote and narrated the short film and the film is divided into seven different chapters, connecting present day environmental and social issues.

The movie’s animation was made to look very simple and clear. I feel that the message is supposed to play the largest role in the film and the animation is there just for support and to keep the viewer interested. Also, the simple figures allows people from all cultures to relate to the movie’s message and to imagine their “stuff” as the materials discussed in the film.  Continue reading

The Lorax (Caely Rose Hibbits)

Lorax_teaser_posterThe Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss, was published in 1971.  In 2012, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment released a movie/musical based on the book.  Both the book and the movie are about a boy living Thneedville, where everything is manufactured.  Even air is sold. Things that seem unimaginable to people are reality.  Paying for air or never having seen a tree that is real, has become the truth.  Just as years ago people thought paying for water in a plastic bottle was absurd, it is now a fact of life.  This movie show the effects that being greedy can have on nature.  Both through the current example of a man selling air and an example from the past about a man cutting down all of the trees.

This fictional tale uses a sarcastic tone to get the point across.  It also uses hyperbole and personification.  I thought that the colors and animation was done wonderfully in the film and that the images appeal to a younger audience. Hopefully this format will get the message across and teach them to love their surroundings, that nature isn’t something that doesn’t need to be cared for, and that money isn’t everything.

Most films that are socially conscious, are not well funded because they can easily cause controversy.  This film on the other hand, was funded by Universal Studios and was pretty much a shoe-in for a large audience.  The film brought in over 346 million dollars just from the box office, even though critics claim that much of the meaning was lost in the “Hollywood feature style,” which I agree with.  But, if this is what it takes for millions of people to watch a movie about playing ones part in saving the environment, I’m all for it.

While some of the original message may be lost, I think that kids will respond to The Lorax, if only for a short amount of time.  Whether it be planting a tree, or a garden, or even being nice to animals or other classmates something will happen. As for the older audience that saw the movie I think the last line will really effect them  “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not!”

The movie was available in theaters, digital purchase, dvd or bluray, as well a video game for iOS or Android Devices.  For more information one can look at the Lorax’s website: http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php


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