Shadow of a Mouse Performance, Belief, and World-Making in Animation

ISBN-10: 0520261046

ISBN-13: 9780520261044

Edition: 2012

Authors: Donald Crafton

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Animation variously entertains, enchants, and offends, yet there have been no convincing explanations of how these films do so.Shadow of a Mouseproposes performance as the common touchstone for understanding the principles underlying the construction, execution, and reception of cartoons. Donald Crafton's interdisciplinary methods draw on film and theater studies, art history, aesthetics, cultural studies, and performance studies to outline a personal view of animated cinema that illuminates its systems of belief and world making. He wryly asks: Are animated characters actors and stars, just like humans? Why do their performances seem live and present, despite our knowing that they are drawings? Why is animation obsessed with distressing the body? Why were California regional artists and Stanislavsky so influential on Disney? Why are the histories of animation and popular theater performance inseparable? How was pictorial space constructed to accommodate embodied acting? Do cartoon performances stimulate positive or negative behaviors in audiences? Why is there so much extreme eating? And why are seemingly insignificant shadows vitally important? Ranging from classics likeThe Three Little Pigsto contemporary works by vankmajer and Plympton, these essays will engage the reader's imagination as much as the subject of animation performance itself.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 411
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Six Cartoon Conundra
Animation Performance
Performance in and of Animation
Live and in Person: Toons!
Historical Contingencies
The Acme of Variegated Entertainment
Shadow of a Mouse: Animation Performance Spaces
Instrumental Animation
Infectious Laughter
Animation and Autophagy: Art that Consumes Itself
Coda: The Shadow of a Mouse's Tail
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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