Undergraduate Courses (list)
01:175:377 Topics in World Cinema: American Animation
- Course Description:
This course explores how American animated ﬁlms by everyone from Winsor McCay in the early 1900s to Walt Disney and Tim Burton have shaped and been shaped by national and international visual cultures. Deeply concerned with the labor and vision of individual artists, American animation reﬂects essential questions about the medium’s potential as an art of movement and transformation, an art of time, and an art of dreams, all of which are wrapped up in broader discourses on American ideals and ways of life. Our goal for the semester is to understand how animators have grappled with these questions using innovative formal and stylistic techniques that bring inanimate materials – drawings, puppets, and other objects – to life. To do this we will examine the many contexts that have shaped a wide range of ﬁlms, from early hand-drawn animations and experimental ﬁlms, to visual music ﬁlms, realist animations, and contemporary computer animations. In the process, we will consider how American animated ﬁlms intersect with the politics of race, class, and gender, as well as with other arts and media, including dance, painting, and comics.