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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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“A Computer Animated Hand” Added to National Film Registry

January 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Animation technology, Computer animation, Film history and criticism

40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo. Recently, Ed Catmull and Fred Parke’s computer animated version of Catmull’s left hand done at the University of Utah was added to the National Film Registry. (For some reason, Parke is not given any credit in the Registry’s announcement.) (The film embedded above, […]

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Cinephile’s Reassessing Anime Issue

November 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Anime, Film history and criticism, Magazines and journals

The good folks at Cinephile, the student journal put out by the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, recently sent me a copy of their special Reassessing Anime issue. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but its list of international contributors is certainly impressive — though I’m surprised there’s no UBC students […]

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Martin Scorsese’s Hugo

November 25th, 2011 · 4 Comments · American cinema, Film history and criticism, Filmmakers, French cinema, Special effects

Martin Scorcese makes a cameo appearance in Hugo. Right off the bat, let me say that Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a wonderful film which I cannot recommend too highly. In a sense,it’s one of those generic, loving homages to the movies that come along every so often; though Hugo is in a class all by […]

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Sam Kula

September 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Film and television archives, Film history and criticism

Sam Kula, the Director  of  the National Archives of Canada’s Audiovisual Archives from 1973-1989, who died of cancer on  September 8th, is someone I’m proud to have known and worked with him. I first met Sam when we were both graduate students at the University of Southern California’s Division of Cinema back in the 1960s, […]

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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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New on DVD: Quirino Cristiani: The Mystery of the First Animated Movies

June 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Argentine cinema, DVDs, Film history and criticism

Quirino Cristiani: The Mystery of the First Animated Movies, Gabriele Zucchelli’s 2007 documentary on  the Argentine animation pioneer, whose El Apóstol  (1917) was the first animated feature film, is now available on DVD.  The film was inspired by the research and writings by ace animation historian Giannalberto Bendazzi. (For instance, see his Animation World Magazine […]

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Waking Sleeping Beauty Screening at SCAD-Atlanta

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation studios, Documentary films, Film history and criticism

A free preview screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty, Don Hahn’s documentary on the Disney animation renaissance that started in the 1980s will be held at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, 1600 Peachtree St., in Event Space 4C, on Wednesday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM. The film will be presented […]

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Oxymore’s Special Fleischer Issue

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Animation studios, Film history and criticism

I just got my copy of the latest issue of the nice little French fanzine, Oxymore, which is a special Fleischer issue, to which I contributed “Max Fleischer & les studios Fleischer.” The other featured piece is Leslie Carbarga’s “L’histoire des Fleischers.” In addition, there is an interview with comic artist Kim Deitch, who talks […]

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The 3D Films Are Coming, the 3D Films Are Coming

March 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Cel animation, Digital projection, Film history and criticism, Stereoscopic films

A little over a year ago, I wrote that, “I suspect 3D will not go away anytime soon; the question , I believe, is whether or not it will go beyond being a niche market.” I also noted that it was seen as a way to get theaters to switch to digital projection, providing what […]

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Norman McLaren’s Films Added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Awards, Canadian cinema, Documentary films, Film history and criticism, Filmmakers, Short films

As the CBC reports, “The UNESCO Memory of the World Register has selected McLaren’s films to be held in its heritage collection of the most significant world cultural artifacts. “McLaren’s Oscar-winning anti-war film Neighbours is among 82 films and 52 film tests to be preserved.” The Memory of the World program is aimed at the […]

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On Dumbo as Superhero and Other Matters

July 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Film history and criticism, Politics

Dumbo, directed by Ben Sharpsteen and written by Dick Huemer and Joe Grant, one of the most beloved of early Disney movies, is still dogged by accusations of racism. Not only do I think it racist, but I would even argue that the film is anti-racist in somewhat the same way as earlier proto-civil rights […]

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Moving Image Source

June 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Film history and criticism

Moving Image Source is a new website of interest launched by the Museum of the Moving Image, which is located in New York’s  Astoria Studio across the East River from Manhattan. It features a blog-like magazine devoted to film history and a very useful portal with extensive links to all sorts of sites related to […]

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