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Spy in the Huddle: Expression of Anthropomorphized Subjects in the Wildlife Documentary

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1103788, PP. 1-5

Subject Areas: Art, Journalism and Communication

Keywords: Spy in the Huddle, Wildlife Documentary, Anthropomorphism, BBC

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This article explores the narrative strategy of Anthropomorphism of penguins: Spy in the huddle, the BBC wildlife documentary miniseries launched in 2013 which avail itself of anthropomorphized subjects to bring the series with entertaining and intriguing. It takes the rules and moral norms of human society to explain the behavior of animals by intentional erasure of the animality of subjects depicted with the fictitious personalities and attempts to seek out a relation of affinity and balance between animals and human beings. With the resourceful application of the anthropomorphic strategy, much wider significance based on natural aesthetics was cognizant of by a mass audience.

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Zhao, X. and Zou, X. (2017). Spy in the Huddle: Expression of Anthropomorphized Subjects in the Wildlife Documentary. Open Access Library Journal, 4, e3788. doi:


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