Mindless Violence from Seed

Two shorts made by Seed Animation Studios for MTV. Its funny that of the two it is the more stylized or abstract one in which I find the violence more amusing.

I wonder if there is an ideal level of abstraction for cartoon violence?

Found at: The FEED Blog


brain.death.eater.scum.killer said...

I think the step back from the reality portal allows the violence into animation.

The more abstract the design, or the media presenting the violence, the bigger the space to fill for violence, (or flamboyance in another form).

Violence, I observe, is also inherent in the male psyche. With animation dominated by males. I'm not surprised to see animation as an outlet (as long as the kiddies don't then take it out on the streets).

It's like a 'violent' painting, possibly? (I'm thinking of the Australian movie The Tracker* in this context). The larger the canvas, the more acts of violence, or the bolder the colours and brush strokes of violence.

Is it the violent act itself, or the timing that seeds the laugh? The guilty laugh. I think it's the anticipation and timing.

[*Violent scenes in the movie were substituted by bold, strongly coloured, paintings]

It's a scary thing that violence can be 'dressed up', manipulated or camouflaged like this. It's serious when your government gets the same idea (like murdering certain sections of society in the name of sport in colesea around the empire).

This is definitely a topic for the research psychologists as well as animators.

Ian said...

Shut the hell up or I'll punch you in the face!

He he, just kidding. . . I think

Some interesting points.

The role of men and women has been a hot topic around here of late. And its true that it is usually the boys who want to blow, chop, and punch up stuff in their films. Usually when they grow up a bit they calm down.

I must admit I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about when I do and don't mind violence. Reflecting just now, I want to say that I find it more palatable when it is used to drive an idea home. Southpark uses sex and violence to leave an issue that may otherwise be lost in amongst the sea of infomercials and product placements ringing in our ears. But is it a price worth paying? I suppose society or the lowest common denominator within it has already decided for us.

For what its worth, when I was a student I much preferred fart jokes to violence. Even now they make me chuckle.

Dognam Hippy said...

I think a short time back, or maybe in the ARF (forum), there was some discussion about the US army recruiters using 'shooter' animated video games to recruit (read: brainwash) young males.

I think the army psychologists worked out that males, up to their mid-20s in age, have a poorly developed part of the brain that assesses the consequences of an action.

In general, females and more adult people have all that wired up and working properly in their brain.

This means that young males like the loud sound of a gun, loud engines, or explosion, without any recognition of the consequences of, in order; shooting, reckless driving, blowing people up.

Hence young males are greater risk takers. Thus better cannon fodder. And a target audience to buy violent (labelled 'action') games and tickets to films of the same style.

How old are the directors at Seed? Are they male?