Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Advanced Research in Social Sciences
The Influence of Visual Narrative in Generating Humour in Tragedy: A Study of the American Sitcom BoJack Horseman
Prachi Behrani, Dr. Vinaya Kumari
The American Tragicomedy BoJack Horseman employs different aspects of narrative while also subverting it at the same time. The narrative has been specifically used to produce laughter through elements of humour and comedy in an otherwise tragic tale. Created by Raphael Bob- Waksberg, the show dives deep into the life of its protagonist- an anthropomorphic horse, BoJack Horseman and various other human and animal characters. This study seeks to delineate into the satirical and subversive aspect of humour in order to understand how humour in a visual narrative serves to make the American Sitcom more expressive, more interesting, easier to accept and moralistic. It also examines the linearity and the distortion of narrative as supplements to story- telling.
keywords: Animation; Comedy; Popular Culture; Tragicomedy; Visual Studies.