Saturday, February 6, 2010

Understanding Animation Chapter 1

The way that animation is described in "Thinking About Animated Films" it almost seems that animation has been in constant battle with "normal" film (ie. things that can be photographed in the real world). It is portrayed as the anti-film in a way. Since animation is supposed to represent impossibilities in our world, it has been used in different ways to explore the imagination and fantasy. In America, animation is often thought of as for children and given over to impossible fantasy like fairy tales and mother goose rhymes. In some European countries like the former country of Yugoslavia, however, they used animation to represent the limits of the human mind. They portrayed very serious and psychological themes that were received much differently than Disney's films in America.

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