Covers every aspect of production, from finding a concept, choosing a medium, and creating characters all the way to getting the end result screened and distributed. In addition to traditional cel animation also examines direct filmmaking, stop-motion animation, and Flash, as well as early motion devices and toys that produce animated images, all with case studies illustrating the successes and difficulties experienced by professional animators.
A fascinating inside story, told by two long-term Disney animators, of the gradual sophistication of a relatively young and particularly American art form--which no other movie studio has been able to equal.
Cartoons-both from the classic Hollywood era and from more contemporary feature films and television series-offer a rich field for detailed investigation and analysis. Contributors draw on theories and methodology from film, television, and media studies, art history and criticism, and feminism and gender studies.
This collection of essays brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation and installation.