Cartoon Vision: UPA Animation and Postwar Aesthetics

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Univ of California Press, Apr 2, 2019 - Performing Arts - 296 pages
In Cartoon Vision Dan Bashara examines American animation alongside the modern design boom of the postwar era. Focusing especially on United Productions of America (UPA), a studio whose graphic, abstract style defined the postwar period, Bashara considers animation akin to a laboratory, exploring new models of vision and space alongside theorists and practitioners in other fields. The links—theoretical, historical, and aesthetic—between animators, architects, designers, artists, and filmmakers reveal a specific midcentury modernism that rigorously reimagined the senses. Cartoon Vision invokes the American Bauhaus legacy of László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes and advocates for animation’s pivotal role in a utopian design project of retraining the public’s vision to better apprehend a rapidly changing modern world.
 

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Contents

Order in American Modernist
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Louis Lozowick New York Brooklyn Bridge 1923
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Charles Sheeler Church Street El 1920
33
Punchy de Leon John Hubley 1950
34
Stage Door Magoo Pete Burness 1955
35
Charles Sheeler Barn Abstraction 1917
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Gerald McBoing Boing Bobe Cannon 1950
37
Stuart Davis Rue des Rats No 2 1928
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Christopher Crumpets Playmate Bobe Cannon 1955
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Gerald McBoing Boing Bobe Cannon 1950
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The Rise of Duton Lang Osmond Evans 1955
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the impossible indoor outdoor space
113
Communication in Graphic
115
U S Army Air Force training manual Will Burtin and Laurence Lessing
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Now Hear This Chuck Jones 1962
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The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays Frank Capra and Bill Hurtz
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Rooty Toot Toot John Hubley 1952
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Stuart Davis Men and Machine 1934
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Fudgets Budget Bobe Cannon 1954
51
Movement in Modern
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The Expanding Airport Charles and Ray Eames 1958
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Walker Residence
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Pump Trouble Gene Deitch 1954
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Richard Neutra Chuey House
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Gerald McBoing Boing Bobe Cannon 1950
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Mural at the Container Corporations Lake Shore Mill in Chicago
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AIs for Atom Carl Urbano 1953
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Cinema and the AvantGarde
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The Band Wagon Vincente Minnelli 1953 Triplets
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Red Garters George Marshall 1954 Brave Man
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BridgesGoRound Shirley Clarke 1958
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László MoholyNagy Light Prop for an Electric Stage LightSpace
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Dan Bashara is an instructor of cinema and media studies at DePaul University.