Literature and Children’s Animation: A Spanish Production, “Donkey Xote”

By Mª Carmen Hidalgo Rodríguez.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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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

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2014, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.190KB).

Dr. Mª Carmen Hidalgo Rodríguez

Professor, Departament of Drawing, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Dr. Hidalgo Rodríguez received a Doctor in Fine Arts from the University of Granada, and is a professor in the Department of Drawing of the Faculty of Fine Arts. She is dedicated to the research of children illustration and audio-visual media. She has publications in journals specializing in communication and art, and also belongs to various research projects on children's drawings in different media. Currently, she is professor in the Master in Drawing program and director of the line research in illustration. Her other line of research is e-learning and new media applied to university studies.