Children's animated films have held a lasting influence on their audiences since the rise of their popularity in the 1980s. As adults co-view such films with their children Hollywood has had to rewrite the formula for a successful animated children's film. This thesis argues that a main factor in audience expansion is adult humor. The results show that children's animated films from 2002-2013 are riddled with many instances of adult humor while earlier films from 1982-1993 use adult humor sparingly. It is clear that over the years the number of adult humor occurrences has consistently increased. Furthermore, this research shows that adult male roles consistently deliver the adult humor.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Akers, Chelsie Lynn, "The Rise of Humor: Hollywood Increases Adult Centered Humor in Animated Children's Films" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 3724.
humor, animation, Hollywood, adult humor, children's films, Disney, target audience, motion picture, Pixar, DreamWorks, co-viewing