Historical Nostalgia in Animated Film

Conference: The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2022)
Title: Historical Nostalgia in Animated Film
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Jae-Eun Oh, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Yuet Kai Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Cedric van Eenoo, NYC, United States


This paper examines elements of nostalgia and historical nostalgia in the 2001 Hong Kong animated film My Life As McDull. The investigation includes three components: a theoretical discussion around the notion of historical nostalgia, a survey of professional animators and local audiences’ expectations and perception of animated films, and an analysis of the mechanisms the film utilizes to connect to shared memory, local culture and sense of identity.
The paper establishes connections between the animation’s visual elements, the notion of positive childhood memory and their cultural implications. The results present empirical data findings, and the implications of conceptual and aesthetic processes to induce nostalgia through storytelling, with their social resonance.

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