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QUESTIONING BODY –SOUL – HEART: AN ANALYSIS OF SELECTED ANIMATION MOVIES FROM POSTHUMAN PERSPECTIVES ANIMATION MOVIES

Authored by
Dibyendu BhattacharyayDibyendu Bhattacharyay,State Aided College Teacher,Balagarh Bijoy Krishna Mahavidyalaya
on 01/11/2022

Abstract

Beside Science-fiction movies, animations are sometimes best explorer of a world that is not only human-centric. This paper shall address three animation movies - Zootopia (2016), Soul (2020) and Luca (2021) from Posthuman perspective. Zootopia (2016), is the story of a cop named Judy Hopps, who is actually a rabbit and her experiences in solving a kidnap case. The movie enthralls us with an anthropomorphic world where the non-human biological beings, asks this question whether they are different from humans in their actions. In Soul (2020), a pianist dies abruptly and reaches the Great Beyond – a place where souls meet their ending – but somehow manages to get an opportunity to come back to Earth. With a mistake, his soul gets stuck inside the body of a cat. Outside his own body, Joe gets an opportunity to differently look at the surroundings and understands how to lead a happy life. Luca (2021) Paguro is a sea-monster and disobeying his parents’ advice, comes to the shore with a friend and discovers how he transforms from a monster into a human being as he wipes off the water from his body. Both of them mingle in the human world and compete in a race to win a Vespa scooter. The story takes a different turn when people discover their true identity and their action ultimately ends the human – monster enmity from that land forever. These three movies altogether question the Posthuman possibilities in this universe through three themes – absence of a body, the transformation of a soul and the incorporation of the non-human in the world we live in.


Keywords : posthumanism, animation, zootopia, anthropomorphism, coming-of-Age story


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