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Palgrave Animation

New York's Animation Culture

Advertising, Art, Design and Film, 1939–1940

Authors: Moen, Kristian

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  • Approaches animation history in a novel way, through the lens of microhistory
  • Develops the idea of ‘animation culture’ to illuminate animation history
  • Investigates the transformative impact of animation on visual culture
  • Offers an innovative account of expanded animation which embraces different media and arts
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This book reveals and explores the thriving animation culture in midtown Manhattan, the World’s Fair, art galleries and cinemas during a vibrant period of artistic, commercial and industrial activity in New York City. Alongside a detailed investigation of animated film at the time – ranging from the abstract works of Mary Ellen Bute and Norman McLaren to the exhibition practices of the Disney Studios and the New York World’s Fair – New York’s Animation Culture examines a host of other animated forms, including moving dioramas, illuminated billboards, industrial displays, gallery exhibitions, mobile murals, and shop windows. In this innovative microhistory of animation, Moen combines the study of art, culture, design and film to offer a fine-grained account of an especially lively animation culture that was seen as creating new media, expanding the cinema experience, giving expression to utopian dreams of modernity, and presenting dynamic visions of a kinetic future.

About the authors

Kristian Moen is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Film and Fairy Tales: The Birth of Modern Fantasy, as well as a number of other works which explore animation, fantasy, film history and modernity.

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“Moen offers a meticulously and inventively researched account of the expanded place of animation in New York in two crucial years and across four intersecting spheres of activity. Animation here still incorporates familiar cel animation techniques, but also expands far beyond them. This book is an exciting and valuable addition to our understanding of animation, historically and theoretically, but it will also have considerable wider appeal to anyone interested in mid-century visual culture.” (Malcolm Cook, Lecturer in Film, University of Southampton. Author of Early British Animation: From Page and Stage to Cinema Screens)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27931-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27930-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New York's Animation Culture
Book Subtitle
Advertising, Art, Design and Film, 1939–1940
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Animation
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27931-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27931-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27930-1
Series ISSN
2523-8086
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 222
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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