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SToRY LiNeS

LOVE, ROMANCE, REVENGE, HATRED, TORTURE, VIOLENCE. YOU’D EXPECT TO FIND THESE THINGS IN FILMS TARGETED AT ADULTS, RIGHT? WRONG! THESE DAYS, THEY FORM AN IMPORTANT PART OF MANY CHILDREN’S ANIMATED FILMS.

Ice Age, Shrek, Ratatouille, Up, The Incredibles. On the face of it, they’re fun children’s films with colourful, animated characters and lots of visual gags. But there are also things that adults will enjoy: complex jokes, cultural references and backdrops that include adult-related topics and themes based on politics, history or modern culture. This is known as “The Simpsons effect” – making animated films as much about entertaining parents as children.

Basically, modern, animated films work on two levels. For children, there are attractive, colourful cartoon characters with funny voices and amazing graphics who can do all sorts of weird and wonderful things. But for adults in the audience there are subtle allusions to other films, clever plays on words and jokes that will be all but lost on the children. But this doesn’t matter as the kids will be focusing on the graphics and visual aspect of the film. Also, the characters often have very adult human emotions that include suspicion, mistrust, vanity, self-delusion, rejection, disappointment, jealousy and forgiveness, plus they are also capable of being spiteful, vengeful, aggressive, hurtful and even violent. Let’s look at a few examples.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (194) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 30 useful expressions for travelling abroad. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 12 words and expressions for talking about laying the table, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Restaurants – the buffet. • Marketing – meerchandising. • Language – how to have fun learning English. • Cinema – animated films. • Sport – football vocabulary. • Hollywood – famous flops. • Vocabulary – the weather. • Football – soccer quotes. • Accents – the Australian accent. • Events – sporting disasters. • Language – Murphy’s law. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!