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Film Histories, Part 2: Animation and TV in Context

April 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Feature films, Film history and criticism, Television history and criticism

Several years ago, I did a posting which promised to be the “first in a series of posts in which I would evaluate some of the one-volume histories of film in English.” For various reasons, I neglected to follow through on it, though I never stopped thinking about it. For instance, I recently wanted to […]

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My Cinema Studies 101 Search Engine

March 9th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Film history and criticism, History and criticism, Television history and criticism

As some visitors to this blog may have noticed over the past few days, I have put up a custom search engine designed to search English-language websites for material suitable for students doing research in the moving image arts — specifically film, TV, animation and visual effects. My Cinema Studies 101 Search Engine had its […]

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Charles daCosta on Racial Stereotyping in Media

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, History and criticism, Media theory, Politics

Racial Stereotypes in Media from Ogre on Vimeo. My friend and former Savannah College of Art and Design colleague, Charles daCosta, who now teaches at  Swinburne University of Technology, in Melbourne, recently made an appearance on Africa Amara, a TV show broadcast on C31, where he talked about racial stereotyping in media. Along the way, […]

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Annie Awards Make History

February 12th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Filmmakers, Producers

Perhaps historical would be a better word. I’m not talking about the winners in the competitive voting for ASIFA-Hollywood‘s Annie Awards proper (listed here), but rather for the juried awards, including the June Foray and Winsor McCay Awards. What was startling was the fact that three of these honors went to animation historians: Jerry Beck […]

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Adam Abraham’s “When Magoo Flew”

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Animation studios, Books

Adam Abraham’s new book, which has just been published by Wesleyan University Press, is an easy book to recommend to anyone interested in film or animation history. I was one of the anonymous readers Wesleyan engaged to evaluate it. A brief excerpt from my confidential evaluation is used on the back cover as an endorsement; […]

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UPA News: Two DVDs and a Book

November 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Animation studios, Books, DVDs

Jerry Beck at Cartoon Brew breaks the news that two DVD sets devoted to UPA’s theatrical cartoons are coming out soon: UPA Jolly Frolics due out on March 5th from Turner Classic Movies and  The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection 1949-1959 which s due out June 19th from Shout! Factory (both are available for preorder). Until now, the […]

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Max Fleischer Teaching Student Officers to Read Maps

September 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Documentary films, Filmmakers

The above article from the December 1918 issue of Popular Science is about how a training film produced by “the Training Division of the War College, Mr. Max Fleischer, a former member of the Popular Science Monthly staff, devised for the General Staff the system that we illustrate.” During World War I Max Fleischer was […]

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Film Histories, Part 1

September 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Film history and criticism, Television history and criticism

This is the first in a series of posts in which I will evaluate some of the one-volume histories of film in English. Nominally, it will be from my perspective of their suitability of their use in the classroom, particularly those I teach on the undergraduate and graduate level at the Savannah College of Art […]

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