MWF 2-3 225 Dwinelle
Animation captivates us with its extremes: the utter sweetness of animal-like creatures, the morphing shapes of sinister robot machines, the surreal landscapes of abandoned worlds, and the super-charged emotions that arise from impossible acts of heroism. In this writing intensive course, we will explore the medium and contents of a variety animation and analyze how this art form, technologically and aesthetically, produces these compelling narratives and characters with social and political resonance and
impact. From Ghibli, to Disney, to Pixar, to international homegrown animation, the animated film has the power to motivate viewers to consider social, political, and ecological issues. We will examine and analyze how issues of race and gender, climate disasters, animal and human rights, war and forced migration play out across and through animation from different periods and cultures. Animation’s complex technology of digital layers, interfaces, and ever-changing technologies make it a volatile, frustrating, and demanding discipline. Animated film also intertwines these technologies with culture specific aesthetics, values, and social/political systems, which include the culture of animation production, its distinctive collective practices, and fan cultures.
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Course Catalog Number: 21040