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CMS 397 A: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies

Before Buzz Lightyear: Animation 1895-1995

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
MGH 271
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Paul Morton

Syllabus Description:

Before Buzz Lightyear: Animation 1895-1995

“The first movie I ever saw was a horror movie. It was Bambi. When that little deer gets caught in the forest fire, I was terrified, but I was also exhilarated.” -- Stephen King
This course encompasses the history of animation in the U.S., Europe and Japan, from early experiments at the turn of the century to the birth of CGI. We will study the evolution of animation technology and storytelling, as well as the passionate political debates spawned by cartoons. How did Mickey Mouse become a symbol for America? How did Disney make those skeletons dance? How can you keep beating that cat and never draw blood? 
Every week, students will watch approximately three hours worth of animation shorts and feature films outside of class and read 50-75 pages of scholarship. There will be a mid-term, a take-home final, and one creative paper. Students will also submit four short responses throughout the quarter.
Catalog Description: 
Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 26, 2018 - 9:13pm