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Figure and Force in Animation Aesthetics

Ryan Pierson


How can movements in animated films be described? Figure and Force in Animation Aesthetics introduces a powerful new method for the study of animation. By looking for figures—arrangements that seem to intuitively hold together—and forces—underlying units of attraction, repulsion, and direction—it reveals startling new possibilities for animation criticism, history, and theory. Drawing on concepts from Gestalt psychology, the book offers a wide-ranging comparative study of four animation techniques—soft-edged forms, walk cycles, camera movement, and rotoscoping—as they appear in commercial, art ... More

Keywords: animation, film theory, Gestalt psychology, phenomenology, film-philosophy, modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190949754
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190949754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Pierson, author
Assistant Professor of Film, University of Calgary