From Ancient Zhiguai Tales to Contemporary Animation: A Study of Visual Rhetoric in ‘Yao-Chinese Folktales’ (2023)
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by Wang Aiqing, Thomas William Whyke
3M ago
Animation, Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 58-75, March 2024. This study delves into the use of visual rhetorical strategies in 中国奇谭 Zhongguo Qitan ‘Yao-Chinese Folktales’ (2023), particularly focusing on 鹅鹅鹅 E E E ‘Goose Mountain’ (henceforth ‘Goose’) directed by Hu Rui. We assert that ‘Goose’ transcodes and reinterprets the ancient Chinese zhiguai novella 阳羡书生 Yangxian Shusheng ‘The Scholar from Yangxian’ (henceforth ‘Scholar’) for a contemporary audience through the use of visual rhetoric, leading to a compelling contemporary rendition of this tale. As a silent animation, ‘Goose’ does so by adeptl ..read more
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Editorial
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by Suzanne Buchan
3M ago
Animation, Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 3-5, March 2024 ..read more
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Posthumous Portraits in Motion: Experimental Animation, Metamorphosis and Reflections on Mortality
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by Michelle Stewart
3M ago
Animation, Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 6-26, March 2024. This article details an oil paint-on-glass animation depicting posthumous portraits of unclaimed deceased from a Johannesburg mortuary in South Africa. The creative project engages with Western traditions of posthumous, focusing on the iconography of the corpse. The author explores how these traditions are approached through the moving image, metamorphosis and experimental animation processes. The animation uses metamorphosis not just as a symbolic strategy to serve the idea of transformation – but also as a self-referential engagement with ..read more
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Narrating Fabrics: Nostalgia in Animated Puppets’ Skin
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by Vincenzo Maselli
3M ago
Animation, Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 27-42, March 2024. In recent years, many studies in the field of animation aesthetics have recognized that puppets’ materiality in stop-motion animation films is a powerful narrative tool. Starting from these premises, this article explores stop-motion films performed by fabric-skinned puppets and suggests that textile materials convey meta-narratives about loss and nostalgia. The analyses of the anthropological and expressive–sensorial dimensions of fabric indeed allow us to investigate the concepts of melancholy and nostalgia as intellectual and emotional ..read more
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Imaginative Animated Non-Fiction: Educating Adults about Child Soldiers
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by Shannon Brownlee
7M ago
Animation, Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 227-239, November 2023. This case study investigates the overlapping categories of animated documentary, useful animation, and fiction inspired by real events. It analyzes a training video for adults who work with child soldiers that was created by IoM Media and the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace, and Security. This video incorporates elements of animated narrative fiction, children’s television animation, reenactment, and photographic and auditory indexicality. Ultimately, no one form has a greater claim to the truth than the others; rather, truth i ..read more
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Approaching Reflexivity in Animated Documentary through a Spatial Taxonomy: An Analysis of Polonia (2023)
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by Lukasz Pater
7M ago
Animation, Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 240-256, November 2023. Animated documentary has at its core the tension of the filmmaker attempting to represent and speak about the historical world while working in a medium that is wholly constructed and lacking in evidentiary indexicality. Reflexivity – the revelation of animation’s constructedness – is considered by many scholars to be a key element in resolving this tension and granting animation documentary legitimacy. In this article, the author reflects on the reflexive strategies he used in making the animated documentary, Polonia (2023). He posit ..read more
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Useful Animation: Iconography, Infrastructure and Impact
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by Malcolm Cook, Michael Cowan, Scott Curtis
7M ago
Animation, Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 196-226, November 2023. This article defines and explores the history of ‘useful animation’. Animation has found frequent application as a powerful practical and conceptual tool in professional fields requiring a versatile instrument for a variety of representational needs, from science and medicine to education and advertising. Today, forms of useful animation populate our television news, social media and urban environments in ways that are no less consequential for their having become second nature. But how did we get here? This tradition is distinct from ..read more
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Editorial
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by Suzanne Buchan
7M ago
Animation, Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 193-195, November 2023 ..read more
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Onomatopoeia, Sound Effects and Humour in Japanese Anime and US Animation Films and Television
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by Lei Ye
7M ago
Animation, Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 273-291, November 2023. Onomatopoeia are words signifying sounds by phonetically imitating or suggesting them. Research into the use of onomatopoeia in literature, language and comics has been rich and varied while the study of the use of onomatopoeia in film, television and their functions has so far been limited. This article focuses on two aspects: (a) the relationship between onomatopoeia and sound effects in US animation and Japanese anime; and (b) audiovisual humour caused by the use of onomatopoeia and sound effects in US animation and Japanese anime ..read more
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The Reconstructed History of the Foundation of the Chinese School of Animation: A Textual Criticism on the ‘Crow Incident’
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by Huang Jifeng, Li Baochuan
7M ago
Animation, Volume 18, Issue 3, Page 257-272, November 2023. The screening of colour cel animation Why Is the Crow Black at the 1956 Venice Film Festival was seen as a pivotal moment in Chinese animation history. It is recorded that Why Is the Crow Black was misidentified as a Soviet animation by international judges, which made this film an epic failure. Frustrated Chinese animators, led by Te Wei, reflected on the imitation of the Soviet styles and commenced the exploration of a Chinese style. This ultimately led to the foundation of the Chinese School of Animation, marked by the release of T ..read more
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