What are the differences and similarities between Japanese Anime and American Animation?

By: Will Davies, Griffin Basso, and Liam Brennan.

In the past several weeks, we have watched three of the many Japanese Anime films. In the films, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, we noticed that there are many differences between Japanese Anime and American Animation.
One of the many differences is the overall style of animation. This is specifically geared towards the character's hair, eyes, and facial expressions. Also, the clothing in Japanese Anime has more detail than the clothing in American Animation. Another difference is that everything is really bright and colorful in Japanese Anime, but, in American animation, some scenes are very brightly colored, but most of the scenes have darker and duller colors. One example of an American Animation is The Lion King. In the Lion King, there are several bright and colorful scenes but there are also a great number of scenes where darkness and fear are involved to get the viewers attention. Secondly, Japanese anime characters run at a little unrealistic speed and seem to never get tired when American animation characters seem to run at a realistic speed and tend to get tired after a big battle of what would make the average human tired as well. Third of all, Japanese Anime is truly based on imagination when in America Animation there is a less imagination but a bigger plot. An example of Japanese Anime, being based on imagination, is in the three movies we watched (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service) there were all kids that either found, or owned a spirit, and nobody else in the Anime seemed to realize this or even acknowledge the spirit.
The ways that Japanese and American are similar is how they both use exaggeration in the characters emotions to make sure the point gets across to the viewers. Another way they are both similar is by having a happy ending in the animation because in all the Japanese anime films, and most American films, there is usually a happy ending.
Now in the end there are many differences and similarities between American Animation and Japanese Anime, but overall, they are both meant to be made for the enjoyment of the viewers.

Pokemon{Japanese Anime}
Pokemon{Japanese Anime}
Avatar: The Last Airbender (American Animation)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (American Animation)

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