Theatre and Media Arts
Fine Arts and Communications
First Faculty Advisor
First Faculty Reader
fantastic, genre, film, Todorov
This thesis explores the effect of genre on storytelling, specifically the effect of the Fantastic in creating, within narrative, intrinsic meaning. In life and fiction, there exists a gap between what is ideal and what is real, a gap of mortality. Human’s struggle with this gap results in many forms of creation and meaning making. The Fantastic, as defined by literary critic Tzvetan Todorov, seeks to bridge this gap. In this examination, we take Todorov’s literary critique and apply it to four films of modern fantasy, showcasing the language and mechanics of the genre and its effectual way of bridging this gap of mortality in contemporary media. The first of these films is The Secret of Kells where I breakdown its use of setting and design. Next is Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro), where I examine the use of structure and perspective. I then observe the thematic patterns and motifs of the film Where the Wild Things Are, concluding with a holistic look at all the elements previously examined in the short film The Man in the Tree.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Griffiths, Weber, "The Man in the Tree: The Fantastic as a Bridge Between the Ideal and the Real" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 181.