Understanding Animation / Edition 1

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Overview

Animated film is commonly perceived as children's play and is often neglected as a serious form of cinematic art. With Understanding Animation, Paul Wells aims to change that.

Part history, part theory, part celebration, this book explores approaches to animation through an eclectic range of case studies from Betty Boop's Snow White, to Jan Svankmajer's Jabberwocky. Opening with a discussion of the early history of animation through experimental figures like Emile Reynaud and J. Stuart Blackton, Wells also discusses narrative, realism and Disney-esque hyper-realism, the construction of comedy, representations of race and gender, the construction of comedy, and animation and audience research. Engagingly written, Understanding Animation demonstrates that animated film has much to tell us about ourselves, the culture we live in, and our perceptions of cinematic art in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415115971
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: 'Seeing the brick' 1
1 Thinking about animated film 10
2 Notes towards a theory of animation 35
3 Once upon a time: Narrative strategies 68
4 25 ways to start laughing 127
5 Issues in representation 187
6 Animation and audiences: 'My mother used to call me Thumper!' 222
Notes 244
Bibliography 250
Index 258
Filmography 262
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