Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Annie Browne 

BA [Hons] Animation

Hi!I am a 2D animator and illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland. My main interests lie in conceptualising ideas and designing. I love creating backgrounds as they tell the audience extra important details about a story, as everyone knows: ' A picture tells a thousand words.' This year I focused on a personal project called MeeMee. The MeeMee world, made from origami-like paper is attacked by a strange bright orange squishy monster. Where did the creature come from? How can it eat everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in sight?! I was does it meow?! I enjoy infusing a touch of horror into comedy and through my art I hope I achieved this goal.


This film tells the story of both the Scientist who created the World of the MeeMees, as well as the story of the MeeMees themselves learning that a world exists beyond their own at the arrival of a strange alien-like 'Monster'.

For my final project I wanted to work on pieces that allowed me to switch from the blocky, hyper-pigmented world of the MeeMees to the more realistic, thin lined world of the Scientist. It allowed me to create a whole separate cartoon world made of paper that had a completely different set of rules regarding biology, physics and chemistry, and then return to the tamer world of the Scientist.

It also allowed me to tell two stories, if not three if we include the Monster, in one go. This was both mentally stimulating and conducive to expanding my skills in diverse background creation within a short space of time.

Victims and Villains: The gender divide that is forming within the ‘Uncanny Child’ trope in western horror.

Child-characters, in horror, are used to enhance the fear factor of the film. There is plenty of literature examining the ‘uncanny child’ and their popularity in horror. However, I would like to examine what traits are usually associated with the ‘uncanny child’, and whether these traits are applied to both genders equally.

The stereotypical roles, (the final girl, the scholar, the jock and so on) assigned to men and women, is a well-researched topic in academic literature, and evidenced by countless films. In turn,
I believe, that the uncanny child role is beginning to evolve its own stereotypical traits that divide into two categories based on the gender of the child. In this paper, I will examine several successful horrors, that feature children, and whether gender
influences the traits given to the uncanny child on screen. The uncanny child is a character that exhibits all the stereotypical traits of an innocent child yet has a fickle relationship with the concept of childhood.

It is necessary to keep in mind that the concept of the uncanny child was created by an adult artist and built on by other adult filmmakers. Therefore, I believe it necessary to delve into the notion of childhood and the history that supported its creation, and ultimately, its sanctification in modern culture.

By examining the common social ideologies filmmakers draw from, consciously and subconsciously, I hope to illuminate why the audience of horror continues to be so fascinated by the role of the uncanny child.