A Europa imaginária no cinema de animação tradicional

  • Tiago Manuel da Silva Cruz (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This Dissertation focuses on the study of Europe as a setting for different animation films, and so we will try to understand, and highlight, the multiple elements that put together, recreate this European ambient, and how close do they get to capture reality. Europe is one of the most recurring settings in animation, not only in European productions but also in international ones. For this particular study we will focus on two of the major international studios, Walt Disney and Studio Ghibli, as well as a few independent European films, so we can have a broader understanding, on how different cultures approach the same subject. The selected films will be, 101 Dalmatians (1961) and The Aristocats (1070) by Walt Disney Studios, How's Moving Castle (2004), Lupin the III: Castle of Cagliostro (1979) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), by Studio Ghibli and A Cat in Paris (2010) by French studio Folimage and The Illusionist (2010) by Sylvain Chomet. As a side project a 2D animation film was produced that tried to convey some of the notions that we discussed earlier. There is a particular interest in central and northern Europe, with particular influences in neo-classic architecture as well as the industrial revolution, which give a very interesting backdrop and a very rich one image wise.
Date of Award19 Jul 2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorRicardo Megre (Supervisor) & Pedro Serrazina (Co-Supervisor)


  • Animation
  • Europe
  • Neoclassic
  • France
  • England
  • Walt Disney
  • Studio Ghibli,
  • Hayao Miyasaki
  • Sylvain Chomet


  • Mestrado em Som e Imagem

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