Animating Space

If you’ve always loved Disney movies, were excited that Wall-E and Up won Oscars, and can’t wait for Toy Story 3 or the next installment of Shrek, your local bookstore may have your next interesting read.

Animators work within a strictly defined, limited space that requires difficult artistic decisions. The blank frame presents a dilemma for all animators, and the decision of what to include and leave out raises important questions about artistry, authorship, and cultural influence. In Animating Space: From Mickey to WALL-E, renowned scholar J. P. Telotte explores how animation has confronted the blank template, and how responses to that confrontation have changed. Focusing on American animation, Telotte tracks the development of animation in line with changing cultural attitudes toward space and examines innovations that elevated the medium from a novelty to a fully realized art form. From Winsor McCay and the Fleischer brothers to the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., and Pixar Studios, Animating Space explores the contributions of those who invented animation, those who refined it, and those who, in the current digital age, are using it to redefine the very possibilities of cinema.

J. P. Telotte, professor of literature, communication, and culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the author of Disney TV.

Reviews:

“The scope and detail of Animating Space are truly breathtaking. It will be the definitive book in this area for the foreseeable future.” -Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

“A strong, original piece of scholarship that delivers in terms of conceptual scope, detail of research, and dexterity of textual interpretation and argument.” -Bob Rehak, Swarthmore College

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