Twenty-first Century Approaches (2000-2012) from the University of Vigo (Spain)
Edited By Veljka Ruzicka Kenfel
Colour, Costume and Animated Films: Analysis of The Social and Emotional Placement of a Character in Walt Disney’s Films
Celia Vazquez / Alejandro Sierra (Colombian costume designer)
This article aims at analysing the importance of colour and costume in children’s fiction and their by-products, the animated films. It is an interdisciplinary work that tries to combine literary criticism, based on literary anthropology, with costume design studies, following a methodology based on Goethe’s Theory of Colours. We will draw our attention to costume and colour, a semiotic system through which characters in fiction speak to their readers. We will explore identities expressed by colour and dress that enrich literary characters and our sense of fiction’s historical and social context.
We know that colour and costume have some symbolism and codes attached to them. Nevertheless, colours obtain this symbolism through cultural or religious references, contemporary contexts and these factors are not universal, absolute. Differences may arise from contradictory psychological or cultural meanings, political, historical and linguistic associations and even fashion trends.
We will explore the hidden implications of colour which are present and ready to be shown in Walt Disney’s work for children and we will try to demonstrate that, although the accuracy of Goethe’s theory eventually rendered scientifically irrelevant, he was the first to systematically study the physiological and psychological effects of colour and his idea has been and still is the traditional one when analysing the Psychological effects.
It is the experience of dress and colour what tells us about the context, the emotional and...
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