within a strictly defined, limited space that requires difficult
artistic decisions. The blank frame presents a dilemma for all
animators, and the decision of what to include and leave out raises
important questions about artistry, authorship, and cultural influence.
| In Animating Space: From
Mickey to WALL-E, renowned scholar J. P. Telotte explores how
animation has confronted the blank template, and how responses to that
confrontation have changed.
Focusing on American
animation, Telotte tracks the development of animation in line with
changing cultural attitudes toward space and examines innovations that
elevated the medium from a novelty to a fully realized art form. From
Winsor McCay and the Fleischer brothers to the Walt Disney Company,
Warner Bros., and Pixar Studios, Animating Space
explores the contributions of those who invented animation, those who
refined it, and those who, in the current digital age, are using it to
redefine the very possibilities of cinema.
From Mickey to WALL-E
by J.P. Telotte
University Press of Kentucky, 2010