Charles daCosta on Racial Stereotyping in Media

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, he discusses his book, Framing Invisibility: Racial Stereotyping and Selective Positioning in Contemporary British Animation, though his discussion is broader than that title implies.

Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Research Blog

Technicolor Refreshment Trailer No. 1 (Let’s All Go to the Lobby)

Last month, ace animation historian Jerry Beck left the popular Cartoon Brew blog he created and co-edited with Amid Amidi. However, he didn’t stop blogging, but rather revived his semi-dormant Cartoon Research blog with a vengeance. Right now, it seems devoted to (mainly) American animation history, and also includes some occasional guest postings (e.g., Keith Scott on “The Origin of Foghorn Leghorn”). So far, it’s a delightful blend of animation history and news, which I find a must read. (For instance, check out his piece on “What Dave Fleischer did after “Mr. Bug,” where there is strong hint that Fleischer may have had something to do with the classic Let’s All Go to the Lobby trailer.)

Animationstudies 2.0

Today, the Society for Animation Studies  has inaugurated a new blog, animationstudies 2.01, which is being edited by Nichola Dobson, and devoted to issues in animation scholarship. As Dobson points out,

The pace of published research has often lagged behind the vast technological developments in the animation industry and as such there is often seen to be gaps in the discourse.  This blog intends to attempt to fill some of these gaps by providing scholars (and fans) a more immediate place to engage with current research.

Initially, the plan is to have one post per week and a new theme each month. Forthcoming themes include: “Technological developments in animation” and “Sound and music.” The opening theme is not specified, but the first post, by yours truly, is “Writing Animation History.” (It’s all about my three books in progress, which I hope to write more about here.)

Needless to say, it’s one blog I will be checking in on a regular basis!