Understanding Animation

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Art - 265 pages
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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. The book 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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Contents

Thinking ahout animated film
10
Notes towards a theory of animation
35
Narrative strategies
68
Associative relatians
93
Sound
97
Acting and performance
104
Choreogmphy
111
Penetoitian
122
The shaggy dog stary
156
Discantinued lines
160
Accidents will happen
161
Objeets have a life of their own
162
Selfcanscious humour
163
Everything can menn its opposire
167
YabbaDabbaDna
168
Telling it over and over again
169

ways to start laughing
127
Magical surprises
128
The power of persanality
129
The risual pun
131
Expeetatian and exploitatian
134
Some ald saws
135
Adult Avery
140
Exrending the premise of the risual gag
141
The derelopment of alienatian derices
142
Lireml risual and verbal gags
144
On black humour
145
Reeognising torment and tabna
146
Janes Road Runner gags 1 50
150
Some theories an chamcrer comedy
152
ways to exaggemre understare and alienare
172
Dedicared to those who disapptove but cantinue to watch
174
Driessens comedy of cruelty
179
Terhnotitrers and postmodem forms
180
1ssues in representation
187
The body in questian
188
Men and masculinity
190
The cancept of ereryman
196
The feminine aesthetic
198
My mother used to call me Thumper
222
Nates
244
Bibliogmphy
250
1ndex
262
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Wells is Senior Lecturer at DeMontfort University, Leicester.

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