Something i found while looking for an article about the animation in Tom and Jerry, could be useful.
Usually I am more into anime and tend to be watching them, but variety is the spice of life and so its always a good idea to sometimes dip a toe into more traditional western animation (especially if its an animation of a story from the brilliant Discworld series of books by Sir Terry Pratchett)
The poster has almost the entire frame filled with this ominous silhouette witch represents the fear of the unknown. the other shapes in the background represent things that are caused by the fear of the unknown but because of the unknowns mysterious nature the silhouette is only visibly distinct from the background via the things that it causes.
Unfortunately our plan to track down an ice cream truck and get its music to put over the beach bit of our foley scene didn’t quite go as planned. We went to everywhere we could think of to find an ice cream truck but considering its winter it was to no avail and we did not get the intended ice cream truck sound that we so desired.
Once upon a time there was a caveman, this caveman saw a thing that he hadn’t seen before so he hid and feared this unknown thing. Another caveman did not have fear of the unknown, so he walked straight up to this new unknown thing and poked it. Unfortunately for caveman number 2 the thing was in fact a sabre tooth tiger, he was quickly eaten and needless to say didn’t manage to pass on his DNA to create the modern homo-sapiens it was in fact only the cavemen who feared the unknown that passed on their genetics therefore creating the species we are today. Because without fear of the unknown we would not be alive today and society wouldn’t exist.
So i know what you thinking “hay the fear of the unknown was one of the things that helped us survive and you can use it to make a great horror film, its great” and you would be right on some accounts. But that is not the only thing that the fear of the unknown has caused.
Unfortunately fear of the unknown is what causes racism, homophobia and most other irrational hatreds between two races, creeds or sexes. Just by having a different mind set or look on the world or even colour of skin can cause people to not understand each other, making the other person an unknown therefore causing them to fear that other person and as Yoda said “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate” granted it may seem out of place quoting a small green alien in this post, but despite being fictional the little Jedi master was right. This fear that for instance homophobic people have for homosexuals just because they are different and therefore an unknown causes them to change that fear to anger and in turn that anger to hate.
Its sad, something that caused us to become the dominant species on earth has also caused such horrible things.
The Fear of the Unknown is the root of almost all other fears, granted there are exceptions as there is in most things but a majority of fears have their roots placed firmly in the unknown factor.
For instance take someone who has a fear of bugs, if you asked them why they fear bugs they will usually respond with something vague or unclear something along the lines of ‘Its their legs’ or ‘Its their eyes’. The reason for this squeamishness and general fear of these usually harmless creatures is because of the unknown enigma factor of there workings. Because the person who fears them doesn’t have six legs or four eyes it makes it very difficult to familiarize yourself with the bug making them an unknown and therefore scary.
Think about it most animal fears are directed at the animals that are most different from ourselves like birds and bugs because of how different they are making them more of an unknown and so scary. For instance one of my biggest fears is something giant swimming under me wile at sea, but it is not the being eaten I am afraid of. It is the unknownness of this imagined leviathan that scares me the most, the sheer terror of being at the mercy of a pure unknown that gets my skin crawling.