Cultural Stories in Animation
Folklores, legends, fairy tales and myths fascinate me. Folklore is still a big part of Brazil's culture and I grew up being told the most amazing stories, as well as how they applied to my own life. As a result, these stories hold a special place in my heart and I think the tradition of passing on stories through generations is the only way to keep these stories alive and therefore, our history, experiences and achievements.
Every country has its own list of folk stories, fairy tales or legends, each exploring human nature in a new way. The costumes in them are often full of symbolism and create a portal into another world. I have to confess I was bummed when I came to the United States and I found out that, as a country, your amazing stories and heroes are not as celebrated as they are in other nations. So I'm taking this opportunity to shine a light on cultural stories in animation, including some from the United States.
When I watch these I like to analyze how they use the costumes. Do they play a big role in the story or are they more subtle, supporting the role of the character? How stylized are they?
Let's take a look!
Paul Bunyan and Babe Blue Ox
Song of the Sea
The secret of Kells
Kirikou and the Sorceress
The boy and the world
Do you know of more animated features that showcase folk costumes, or different levels of complexity? If you're from outside United States share your own country's animations and the traditional costumes too! If you're interested in the use of costumes in myths, legends and folklore, please share some of your thoughts or questions. We would love to hear back from you!