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- DescriptionDespite the longevity of animation and its significance within the history of cinema, film theorists have focused on live-action motion pictures and largely igred hand-drawn and computer-generated movies. Thomas Lamarre contends that the history, techniques, and complex visual language of animation, particularly Japanese animation, demands serious and sustained engagement, and in The Anime Machine he lays the foundation for a new critical theory for reading Japanese animation, showing how anime fundamentally differs from other visual media. The Anime Machine defines the visual characteristics of anime and the meanings generated by those specifically animetic effects-the multiplanar image, the distributive field of vision, exploded projection, modulation, and other techniques of character animation-through close analysis of major films and television series, studios, animators, and directors, as well as Japanese theories of animation. Lamarre first addresses the techlogy of anime: the cells on which the images are drawn, the animation stand at which the animator works, the layers of drawings in a frame, the techniques of drawing and blurring lines, how characters are made to move. He then examines foundational works of anime, including the films and television series of Miyazaki Hayao and An Hideaki, the multimedia art of Murakami Takashi, and CLAMP's manga and anime adaptations, to illuminate the profound connections between animators, characters, spectators, and techlogy. Working at the intersection of the philosophy of techlogy and the history of thought, Lamarre explores how anime and its related media entail material orientations and demonstrates concretely how the animetic machine encourages a specific approach to thinking about techlogy and opens new ways for understanding our place in the techlogized world around us.
- Author BiographyThomas Lamarre teaches East Asian studies, art history, and communication studies at McGill University.
- Author(s)Thomas Lamarre
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication23/10/2009
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationMinneapolis
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Note117 b&w illustrations
- Weight726 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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