Western society will never take animation or animated works seriously. Contempt for the animated form is too deeply rooted in its mindset. This is largely the result of marketing, presentation and self censorship by major producers of animated content.
that's harsh. Ralph Bakshi played with animation quite a bit in the 70's & 80's, gaining enough success with each feature to justify subsequent films. They weren't run-away smash hits, and they certainly weren't in Disney's nefarious league, but the fact that they grossed enough for Bakshi to continue making his flicks says something...
I don't think it's that the West hates animation so much as that the West simply hasn't made up its mind regarding animation. It's generally dismissed as kids stuff, true, yet good luck finding an informed adult that isn't familiar with at least one of Miyazaki's films--and Miyazaki, though mostly family-friendly, isn't kid-specific by a long shot. Anyone that walks out of Princess Mononoke
or Howls Moving Castle
believing them to be children's entertainment really doesn't have much credibility to begin with. And not to mention films like Akira
and Ghost in the Shell
that have gained a pretty substantial viewership in the West even outside of the Western-anime fandom. There may not be Western equivalents to these films, but I think a vast majority of the US simply doesn't care how their entertainment is delivered in regards to LA vs Cartoon. It’s just another culture thing.
Jimbo wrote:I think the biggest problem with getting NGE into an academic setting is that it lacks a niche like Shakespeare has in English Literature or Citizen Kane has in film studies.
And I don't think that's really a bad thing at all, considering that there are plenty of other 'neglected' art forms in this vein as well. Hell, I can think of three or four comic books that are equally deserving of study that will probably never be considered for scholarly standardized university attention any time soon. The best one can hope for is for some credited academics to start pushing some paper around, and from what I understand, that's already begun to happen with NGE on some level.