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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction I - History: Formal Traditions 1. Seeing in Dreams - The Shifting Landscapes of Drawn Animation Bryan Hawkins, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK 2. The Stop Motion Landscape Chris Pallant, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK 3. Pixar, 'The Road to Point Reyes', and the long history of landscapes in new visual technologies Malcolm Cook, Birkbeck, University of London, UK II - History: National Perspectives 4. Australian Animation - Landscape, Isolation and Connections Steven Allen, Winchester University, UK 5. Environmentalism and The Animated Landscape in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Princess Mononoke (1997) Melanie Chan, York St John University, UK 6. Animating Shanshui: Chinese Landscapes in Animated Film, Art and Performance Kiu-wai Chu, The University of Hong Kong 7. Latvian Animation: Landscapes of Resistance Mihaela Mihailova, Yale University, USA III - Form: Journeys Through Animated Space 8. The Landscape in the Memory: Animated Travel Diaries Maria Lorenzo Hernandez, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia 9. Off the Rails: Animating Train Journeys Birgitta Hosea, University of the Arts, London, UK 10. Between Setting and Character: A Taxonomy of Sentient Spaces in Fantasy Film Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, UK IV - Form: Peripheral Perspectives 11. The Metamorphosis of Place: Projection-Mapped Animation Dan Torre, RMIT, Australia 12. Plasmatic Pitches, Temporal Tracks and Conceptual Courts: The Landscapes of Animated Sport Paul Wells, Loughborough University, UK 13. The Zombiefied Landscape: World War Z (2013), ParaNorman (2012), and the Politics of the Animated Corpse James Newton, University of Kent, UK V - Function: Interactivity 14. Evoking the Oracle: Visual Logic of Screen Worlds Tom Klein, Loyola Marymount University, USA 15. Beyond the Animated Landscape: Videogame Glitches and the Sublime Alan Meades, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK List of Contributors Bibliography Animation/Filmography/Other Media Index

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The first comprehensive study of animated landscapes across media.

About the Author

Chris Pallant is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. His research includes animation, filmmaking production practices and technologies, and videogames. He has published on a range of topics, including Disney feature animation, the 'cartoonism' of Quentin Tarantino, performance capture, and Rockstar Games.


This collection provides a rich and lively discussion on one of the most overlooked areas of animation-animated landscape, which, just as Pallant wants it to be, is to rebalance the long-term bias existing between character and landscape, which is related to the centrality of studies on character design and interpretation over reflections about landscapes. It ably explores the multivalent nature of animated landscape with an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach, which also deepens the reader's understanding of what animation is. * Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media *
For so long animation studies literature has focused mainly on animated characters-at last a book that examines the other part of the frame: backgrounds and environments. Through historical analysis and theoretical considerations, Animated Landscapes brings attention to a significant but largely overlooked realm of animation aesthetics. The broad scope of essays by leading scholars in the field reflect the diversity of animation today. * Maureen Furniss, Program Director of the Program in Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts, USA, and Founding Editor of Animation Journal *
Animated landscapes: they're not just 'backgrounds' anymore. This collection by established and emerging scholars directs our attention to an aspect of animation that has long been treated as secondary, if it was considered at all. Far from being painting in motion, or even a depiction of nature, landscaping can be mindscaping, and an active, if not dominant element of the film, new media, or gaming experience. The book is a welcome addition to the growing body of work in animation studies. * Donald Crafton, The Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre, University of Notre Dame, USA, and author of Shadow of a Mouse: Performance, Belief, and World-making in Animation *
If Pallant's intention for his anthology was to question, interrogate and trace what it means for a landscape to become (and be considered) as 'animated', whilst shining the spotlight on an area that can at times appear to be 'virtually nothing' (p. 8), then the accomplishments of the included authors more than meet these goals. * Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal *

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