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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2022-1452
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2022-1452
 
12 Jan 2023
12 Jan 2023
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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better”: An environmental discourse analysis of animated films The Lorax (2012) and Tomorrow (2019)

Mohammad Mizan-Rahman Mohammad Mizan-Rahman
  • PhD Candidate, American Culture Studies, School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Bowling Green State University

Abstract. Using environmental humanities discourse analysis, this article asks how environmental issues are exhibited in two environmentally focused animated films, The Lorax and Tomorrow, produced in Hollywood (United States) and Dhallywood (Bangladesh), respectively, and how people responded to these films on social media websites. The first part of the article is the analysis of selected social media pages to understand the impact of these two films on contemporary environmental discourse, and the second part comprises an analysis of the environmental narrative of the films. I selected these two films for four reasons: i) they are both environmental educational and pedagogical tools; ii) they use environmental storytelling; iii) they both address sustainability; and iv) they may have influenced some discourse on environmental issues on social media. The study demonstrates that environmentally driven animated films can shape the discourse of their audiences. This study also demonstrates how narratives from films such as The Lorax and Tomorrow can lead an audience to consider large-scale environmental issues.

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The study demonstrates that environmentally driven animated films can shape the discourse of their audiences. This study also demonstrates how narratives from films such as The Lorax and Tomorrow can lead an audience to consider large-scale environmental issues.