Category Archives: Animated Dialogues

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Animated Dialogues, 2007

Dan & Lienors Torre – Recording Australian Animation History




Critical Significance of Historical Research Animation has been practised in Australia from a relatively early stage in the worldwide history of cinematic animation, as evidenced by quite mature examples of cutout animation by cartoonist Harry Julius beginning in 1912. It … Continue reading

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Zhi-Ming Su – Reaching Out to Touch




Animation and Aboriginal Children in Taiwan Introduction Taiwan aboriginal means the residents who have been living in Taiwan before the immigration from Mainland China in the seventeenth century. The Council of Indigenous People, Executive Yuan in 2006 recognized thirteen aboriginal … Continue reading

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Miriam Harris – How Michaela Pavlatova both incorporates and rebels against the Czech animation tradition




Introduction The Internet’s potential for global shrinkage, electronic travel, and animated transmission is a technological development that would have left citizens of previous centuries stupefied by such wondrous demonstrations of magic. Typing in the address for the Czech animator Michaela … Continue reading

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Cathryn Vasseleu – The Svankmajer Touch




I am a hand with six fingers with webs in between. Instead of fingernails I have petite, sharp, sweet-toothed little tongues with which I lick the world. Jan Švankmajer, Self-portrait, 1999 (2002, 6) Jan Švankmajer’s animated films are renowned for … Continue reading

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Peter Moyes – Behind the Flash Exterior




Scratching the Surface of Online Animated Narratives Introduction The flat simplified graphics and limited animation of Flash online creations recall 1950 and 1960s cartoons for TV and stand in stark contrast to the photo-realistic forms and naturalistic movement of high-end … Continue reading

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Andrew Buchanan – Facial Expressions for Empathic Communication of Emotion in Animated Characters




Introduction The challenge of communicating emotional content to an audience via animated characters has existed since the art form first appeared. As animation techniques and technology have advanced, animators and character designers find themselves with a multitude of resources and … Continue reading

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Cordelia Brown – Flowerpot Men




The Haptic Image in Brian Cosgrove and Richard Hall’s Animations I. The Haptic Image Haptic is a term used to describe the experience of touch. In most fields it refers to a generalised tactile sensibility. For example in Child Psychology, … Continue reading

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Matthew Butler & Lucie Joschko – Final Fantasy or The Incredibles




Ultra-realistic animation, aesthetic engagement and the uncanny valley Introduction This paper examines the aesthetic qualities of two animated feature films, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and The Incredibles, as a precursor to considering what issues are associated with the shift … Continue reading

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Katharine Buljan – The Uncanny and the Robot in the Astro Boy Episode “Franken”




Introduction In the story of ‘Franken’, by Osamu Tezuka, humans flee in horror at the sight of a robot named Franken,1 unaware that he is actually on a search for his lost friend, as well as for mechanical pieces to … Continue reading

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Michael Broderick – Superflat Eschatology




Renewal and Religion in anime “For at least some of the Superflat people […] there is a kind of traumatic solipsism, even an apocalyptic one, that underlies the contemporary art world as they see it.” Thomas Looser, 2006 “Perhaps one … Continue reading

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