UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Summer 2018

108-001 | D | CCN: 13483

Special Topics in Film Genre: History of Animation

Russell Merritt,

4 Units

T/W/Th 2:30-5:00pm, Dwinelle 188; T/W 6:00-8:00pm, Dwinelle 188


We will study the major currents in international animation from the silent pioneering work of Emile Cohl, Winsor McCay, and Otto Messmer through animé, independent avant-garde work, and major currents in international 3D animation. The course revisits our best-known animation studios during their golden age -- Disney, Fleischer Brothers, Warners, and UPA.  But we'll be particularly interested in the alternatives to the American juggernaut, analyzing animation from Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, China, and Japan, and study how evolving forms of digital animation are responding to the political and artistic demands of avant garde movements.