Jesse Drew

1995 | 00:08:20 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Consumer culture, Hollywood, Marxism, Media Analysis, Politics

Displaying a broad range of Golden Age Hollywood animation, Manifestoon is an homage to the latent subversiveness of cartoons. Though U.S. cartoons are usually thought of as conveyors of capitalist ideologies of consumerism and individualism, Drew observes: "Somehow as an avid childhood fan of cartoons, these ideas were secondary to a more important lesson—that of the 'trickster' nature of many characters as they mocked, outwitted and defeated their more powerful adversaries. In the classic cartoon, brute strength and heavy artillery are no match for wit and humor, and justice always prevails. For me, it was natural to link my own childhood concept of subversion with an established, more articulate version [Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto]. Mickey running over the globe has new meaning in today’s mediascape, in which Disney controls one of the largest concentrations of media ownership in the world."

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Other Cinema
San Francisco, CA

Exhibitions + Festivals

Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2013

Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Oberhausen (Germany), 2002

Impakt Organisation (The Netherlands), 1998

Impakt Organisation (The Netherlands), 1997

Dallas Video Festival, 1996