Instructor: Weissman      W     2:00 PM – 4:40 PM 

This course is a historical overview of animation, from pre-cinema tools, such as the Zoetrope and flip book, through the birth of animated film in the silent era and the evolution of the cartoon industry, and into contemporary cinema and digital platforms. Learn how U.S. animation developed out of traditions of vaudeville and minstrelsy; how celluloid and stop-motion animation developed outside of the U.S.; how studios and individual artists have generated specific styles of animation; how changes in technology have impacted the types of stories being told in the worlds of hand-drawn, stop-motion, and computer-generated animation; and how animation technologies have been employed by artists including experimental and documentary filmmakers.