Personagens atípicas no cinema de animação
: do movimento à personalidade

  • Joana Filipa Cunha Dias (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In this dissertation we will study the meaning of atypical characters in animation cinema through the analysis of their personality, behavior, and movement. Six disabled characters from different animation movies were analyzed in order to better comprehend the influence of their deformities on their way of living. Samuel Armstrong and Norman Ferguson’s Dumbo (1941), Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich’s “Finding Nemo” (2003), and Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996) give us three characters with congenital physical deformities: Dumbo, Nemo and Quasimodo. As for acquired physical deformities, defined by appearing after birth, we analyzed Captain Hook from Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson’s “Peter Pan” (1953), Fergus from Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews’s “Brave” (2012) and Hiccup from Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon2” (2010), which all possess limb amputations. All these characters have different personalities and movements, since they behave differently according to their handicap. Although there are two types of physical deformities being studied, both show that characters behave irrationally self-protective as a product of their specific deformity. After connecting this dissertation’s theme with the Master’s final project – an animation short film: Joana Dias and Ricardo Pinheiro’s Ao Relento (2015) – we will further analyze the development of said animation short film and summarize the whole dissertation into a conclusion.
Date of Award2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSahra Kunz (Supervisor)


  • Dreamworks
  • Deformities
  • Congenital
  • Acquired
  • Capitan Hook
  • Personality
  • Movement


  • Mestrado em Som e Imagem

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