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Meghann Meeusen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828644

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828644.001.0001

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Audience and Aetonormativity in Picturebook to Film Adaptations

Audience and Aetonormativity in Picturebook to Film Adaptations

(p.87) Chapter Four Audience and Aetonormativity in Picturebook to Film Adaptations
Children's Books on the Big Screen

Meghann Meeusen

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter four suggests that the polarization of adult/child binaries in picturebook adaptations consistently highlights adult roles and presence within the story more than in the source, often foregrounding adult characters and featuring adults learning lessons from children. The chapter uses The Lorax and Jumanji to reveal how dual audience works differently in picturebooks and film, highlighting how these films seem to overturn adult/child binaries, placing children in increased power positions for a time, but eventually reestablish aetonormative power structures. The chapter ends by examining Spike Jonze’s controversial adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, a film that emphasizes a common ideology that results from binary polarization in picturebook adaptation, wherein adults are portrayed as feeling powerless despite their seeming position of power.

Keywords:   Dual Audience, Aetonormativity, Didactic, Lorax, Jumanji, Where the Wild Things Are

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