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Beyond Snow White: Animation from a Different Perspective

For many years, animated films were associated mainly with Walt Disney. This course explores the huge variety of animated cinema produced since Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

In America, counterculture artists such as Ralph Bakshi produced animation aimed at an older audience, paving the way for films such as Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996). Japanese cinema has a longstanding animation industry, led by figures such as Hayao Miyazaki, with distinctive approaches to subject and style e. A number of animated feature films, such as Persepolis (2007), have explored major social and political issues. The course also covers puppet animation, as exemplified by Alice (1988), performance capture animation, and the work of Pixar, a pioneer in computer animation. The course also discusses Disney's Dumbo (1941), which challenges the assumption that the company's output has always been bland and formulaic. In all instances a key question is asked: what does the medium of animation achieve that would not be possible in a live action film?

Provisional schedule (subject to film licensing and availability): Dumbo, Alice, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Chicken Run, Spirited Away, Persepolis, Up, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

A study day on 16 November will look at the German-produced The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), the earliest surviving animated feature film, and explore Chinese and Japanese cartoons based on the Monkey King legend. The afternoon session involves a screening and discussion of the allegorical French-Czech film Fantastic Planet (1973).


Date: Monday evenings, 07 October - 25 November 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Duration: 8 meetings


Harbour Lights Picturehouse


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