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DT2007

 

DT2007 History of Animation

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

:

NIL

Academic Unit

:

3 ​AU

Course Description

Learning Objective

To deliver to the students a survey course of animation history in which they are introduced to the key events of the genre.

Content

The course will deliver a survey of the history of animation chronologically and thematically through the 20th century. Emphasis will be given to animation milestones that have played a significant part in the development of the art form. International and regional styles will be covered as well as the output of both studio and independent productions.

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

• Introduction to the course

2 - 7

• Optical toys and Animation Pioneers: 

• Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, the American cartoon: 

• Tex Avery, Warner bros, Loony Tunes etc: 

• Wartime, animation as propaganda

• Experimental animation and abstract cinema

• Stop-motion, from special effects to Eastern European animation

• UPA: modern animation was born

8 - 12

• Optical toys and Animation Pioneers: 

• Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, the American cartoon: 

• Tex Avery, Warner bros, Loony Tunes etc: 

• Wartime, animation as propaganda

• Experimental animation and abstract cinema

• Stop-motion, from special effects to Eastern European animation

• UPA: modern animation was born

13

• Review

Learning Outcome

Through a familiarity with the key events, figures and technologies of animation history the students will be better able to place the issues and practices of contemporary animation within a larger context.


Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 50%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 50% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments



Textbooks/References

  1. Joe Adamson, Tex Avery, King of Cartoons, New York

  2. Giannalberto Bendazzi, Cartoons – One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation, Indiana University Press

  3. Donald Crafton, Before Mickey: the Animated Film - 1898-1928, Chicago Press

  4. Ray Harryhausen, Tony Dalton, Ray Harryhausen: an Animated Life, Watson-Guptill,

  5. Ray Harryhausen, Tony Dalton, A Century of Stop-Motion Animation: from Méliès to Aardman, Watson-Guptill

  6. John Lasseter, Steve Daly, Toy story: the Art and Making of an Animated Film, Hyperion

  7. John A Lent, Animation in Asia and the Pacific, Indiana University Press.

  8. Leonard Maltin, Of mice and Magic: a History of American Cartoons, Plume

  9. Laurent Mannoni, The Great Art of Light and Shadow: Archaeology of the Cinema, University of Exeter Press

  10. Russell Merritt, J B Kaufman, Walt in wonderland – the Silent Films of Walt Disney, Johns Hopkins

  11. Stafford, Barbara Maria. Devices of Wonder: from the World in a Box to Images on a Screen, Getty Publications

  12. Mark Cotta Vaz, Patricia Rose Duignan, Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Re​alm, Ballantine