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Human language is a wonderful system. It varies around the world and every culture has its own unique dialogue. For my ZIP inquiry this year, I will be exploring the application of different languages in children’s movies and how it affects the realism and cultural recognition of the film. The inquiry question I am hoping to research is:
“How does the use of cultural language impact the authenticity and realism of children’s movies?”
I always enjoy watching children’s movies, because they tend to have a storyline simple enough to follow along and a happy ending. Disney movies are most commonly viewed by young kids, so most if not all of my research will be based around them. My goal for this project is to learn and understand the importance of cultural dialogue usage in children’s films, as well as research the inaccuracies the films would undergo if the traditional language is not used. In many children’s movies, characters are from different countries across the globe. Not only do they speak another language, but they also follow a specific ethnic lifestyle that may differ from us viewers. However, for the sake of understanding the movie, it is projected in the language most commonly spoken within our country: English. The downside of showing the film in English is that often the authenticity, or significance in some cases, is not being portrayed as much.
Currently, my knowledge of this topic is not very in depth yet. I am hoping to conduct research surrounding the topic of “diverse culture” found in children’s movies. Some examples I am thinking about using for my project are Moana, Mulan, and Coco. These are a few well-known Disney movies that clearly display cultural norms and ideas, and I am excited to delve deeper into the languages or special terms used to enhance the realism of the film.
By the end of this assignment, I hope to have learned how to acknowledge and appreciate the importance of diversity in language within films. I also would like to learn how to edit movie clips in such a way that exemplifies my main points. During my research, I can possibly approach digital media teachers at Gleneagle for support with video editing. I can also seek help from my peers, knowing that quite a few of them are experienced with technology. However, I believe my main resource will most likely be the internet (websites, YouTube videos, actual movies). It is common that people make video theories and analogies about specific children’s movies, and I figured they might be useful for my research.
At the end of my inquiry, I will demonstrate my findings with either a Pecha Kucha or video production. Most of my work will be shown visually, and I plan to explain the details of my project during the one on one presentation time that we are given. My schedule for this inquiry project is as follows:
January 6: Complete proposal and rubric, post on my blog
January 7 – 13: Research and take notes
January 14 – 18: Research, compile notes, start planning presentation
January 19 – 20: Decide and plan presentation (how I want the product to be)
January 21 – 27: Create and edit video or Pecha Kucha, review notes resources
January 28 – 29: Present!