A Dossier on the Animated Documentary

French trailer for Pequeñas Voces (Little Voices), a film about the lives of four Colombian children whose lives are interrupted by the arrival of armed men in their rural communities.

On the occasion of the French release of Jairo Carrillo et Oscar Andrade’s animated documentary, Pequeñas Voces (Little Voices), the AlloCiné website offers (in French) a nice dossier on what has become one of the more interesting areas of animation in recent years. Dounia Georgeon’s introduction notes:

Ever since Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir people cannot stop talking about the animated documentary as a new genre. Contrary to popular belief, its existence goes back (or nearly so) to the early days of film. On the occasion of the release of Little Voices, AlloCiné offers you an overview of the films that have joined the real with the wonderful.

It’s basically a survey of recent films, including Pequeñas Voces, though it does start off with four older titles, including Winsor McCay’s The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) and Disney’s The Story of Menstruation (1946). If you can read French and/or like me can manage with Google Translate and a bit of college French, it’s worth a glance.

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.

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