Bill Mikulak: thanks for the tip on resources.
I apologize for my muddled, vague whine. I don't intend to judge
whether or not something is "Art" since such a discussion is somewhat
pointless and based largely on subjective value judgements, but I do
think that Derek Bouse is considering a legitimate issue which is
implicit in any cinema/tv form: the tension/duality/whatever between
a text's content/story/"meaning" and its aesthetics/camerawork/etc.
I think that with animation, this possible duality is made more explicit
since it is understood that the animator/director/creator is always
present. This author's presence is true of any cinema but often it
is obscured--especially in Classical Hollywood and Realist films in
general. However, I tend to doubt that animation can attain a similar
"total audience persuasion" no matter how "realistic" --at least for now
. With advancing technology (digital processing/manipulation of photos
or whatever), this will probably change in the relatively near future.
At any rate, too often animation debates focus stricty on the technolo-
gy, technique, and aesthetics. There is generally less of a discussion
on the "content" portion, and perhaps there currently less range in con-
tent. Obviously, this needn't be so and there exists "content" rich
animation, but how should one approach animation? Is is a separate form
or medium which should be considered on its own, or is it merely a per-
haps more "purified" version of cinema in general?
--Sterling chen (UNc-chapel hill)