The Art and Aesthetics of Contemporary Cartoons in Spain

By Jesús Pertíñez-López.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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Published Online: October 8, 2015 $US5.00

Children currently spend more hours in front of the television than they do at school. Digital screens have turned into a babysitter that keep children disconnected from their immediate surroundings. However, at the same time and inevitably, it is an effective way of contributing to their learning and helping them to enrich their aesthetic experience. Cartoons are the most widely consumed audio-visual product by a children’s audience. Over the last four years our Research Group at the University of Granada has analysed the entire body of cartoons broadcast on Spanish television, a total of 17 channels and 165 series. We have created a research method that has allowed us to approach each series from various aspects: type of story, iconicity, colour, animation techniques, use and abuse of animation principles, and film language. The results obtained allow us to examine the aesthetic and artistic quality of the programmes that our children are watching right now, showing that homogeneity and repetition of types of series that work well is predominant.

Keywords: Cartoons, Aesthetics, Television

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: October 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 690.914KB)).

Dr. Jesús Pertíñez-López

Professor, Department of Drawing, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada, Granada, Spain