Literature and the cinema have enjoyed a fruitful relationship from the time of cinema’s earliest origins. Even in the pre-cinema era, optical toys were used to bring excitement and realism to the stories children read in their illustrated books, and these took on a dual role: to entertain people and to teach them examples from literature. Ever since the creation of “Gertie the Dinosaur” (1914), stories and cartoons have gone hand in hand, sharing this dual role. There are countless examples of films based on children’s stories. Our study focuses on a Spanish production based on one of the classics of universal literature, “Don Quijote de la Mancha”. “Donkey Xote” is an animated feature film which is of particular interest to us in terms of the way in which it has respected the essence of Cervantes’s work, while at the same time it has been adapted and modernised to create a new story for children in the 21st century. The treatment of the characters, the graphics, visualisation of the scenes and the adaptation of written language to audio-visual language for an audience of children are the subjects of our study.
|Keywords:||Communications Design, Animation, Illustration|
Professor, Departament of Drawing, University of Granada, Granada, Spain