A Comparative Analysis of Cartoon Documentary and Documentary Film as Two Mass Communication Modes

By Rod Adoh Emi and Oluwatoyin Ojo.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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The cartoon documentary and documentary film are two different but related two-dimensional graphic modes of mass communication, which could be utilized to inform or educate people about certain aspects of the socio-economic, political and natural environments of the world in which they live. The need could arise for a choice to be made in the selection or adoption of either of them for use in the production of public enlightenment materials. This exercise calls for a fundamental knowledge of the two modes of mass communication in terms of their artistic, scientific and technological dimensions. This paper is, therefore, an attempt to show what should come to the potential user’s mind as he contemplates the appropriate choice of communication mode. A comparative analysis of the two modes, bearing in mind the motion and audiovisual qualities of the camera and the paneled cartoon strips’ frames, is made. The result is the picture of two graphic communication modes of the same purpose, similar format but with distinct visual potentials, which also function in diverse but related ways.

Keywords: Cartoon, Documentary, Film, Communication, Analysis

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.11-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.077MB).

Rod Adoh Emi

Senior Lecturer, Department of Creative Arts, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria

Mrs Oluwatoyin Ojo

Lecturer, Department of Fine & Applied Arts, Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, Nigeria