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Animation Celebrated in Newest Exhibit

Worlds Apart: The Wonder of Animation

Posted 02.23.16 by Allison Fischbach

Animation's very crux allows it to adopt a swimming myriad of forms, each one original and vastly different. 

Rare scenes from the film "The Animal World" after animation was completed.

Animation is an almost ubiquitous force in American culture, we are confronted with it daily, ranging in scope from short .gifs to feature-length films. We consume half-hour cartoon shows from the time we are children, and even adults find humor and connection in modern animated media, most recently evidenced in the critically acclaimed stop-motion picture Anomalisa.

In the realm of the relatively new media of film, animation is an even younger sibling, but its very crux allows it to adopt a swimming myriad of forms, each one original and vastly different. Traditional, stop-motion, computer generated, and mechanical animation each umbrella their own collection of specialized techniques for the portrayal of narrative.

Indeed, it is easy to get lost in animation, in worlds vastly different from the one we inhabit every day. Unlike live-action filmmaking, animation allows for the complete creation of a space and time that has never before existed, with characters, creatures and exploits taken right from the mind. In this wide-open creative landscape artists and writers build stories infused with movement, emotion, farce, and magic. It is small wonder children are so drawn to such a versatile medium, and no wonder at all that adults find just as much (if not more) joy in its development.

The most popular and ubiquitous animated films are often produced by a handful of major studios, but independent and international filmmakers, animators and cartoonists also create works just as surreal, funny, poignant, and beautiful, but fail to receive the same widespread acclaim.

Here we present selections from the Decker Library's DVD collection, which showcases historical, independent and noteworthy contributions to the animation world. Included with these items are materials that provide a look into the production of these films, from conception through release. Materials also address the business side of the animation industry, including helpful guides on success and marketing for professional and aspiring animators alike.

February 23- March 12, 2016
Curated by Allison Fischbach

Books on display are available for checkout at any time. Please ask a staff member at the circulation desk for assistance. Special Collections items, when on display, are available for viewing within the library.

Image Information:
Thumbnail: From Setting the Scene: The Art and Evolution of Animation Layout by Fraser Maclean (NC 1765 .M28 2011 Quarto)
This Page: From A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman by Ray Harryhausen (TR 897.5 .H37 2008 Quarto)

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