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Change of the Image of Child Seen in the Doraemon Film Series.

This article attempts to interpret the change of the representation of children between the original version of the Doraemon film series and their remake versions. As one of the most popular manga and animated TV series for children in Japan, Doraemon has 33 film adaptations, and of these, four films are remade ones. Since the first film adaptation was released, more than three decades has seen a considerable change in the culture and the mode of consumption. Comparing the original versions with their remakes, this article analyzes how the latter differs from the former, in terms of storytelling and characters. Through this analysis, the author suggests that the story in the remake versions is made more complicated with addition of new characters who do not appear in the original ones and that the characteristic of melodrama is emphasized by using flashbacks and two-shots effectively. And it is shown that the characters who exist on original ones were given the element of Moe in their remakes and that the representation of mother and father were expanded through socio-cultural changes. Over thirty years, the DORAEMON film series indicates that the notion of child as ignorant and innocent came to be no longer taken for granted.

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