In response to Sterling Chen's and Derek Bouse's discussion
of animation's legitimacy as an artform worthy of adult
respect, I would like to alert those interested to the
existence of the Society for Animation Studies, 4729
Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602-1864, USA. Fax:
(818) 506-4805. In addition a new peer-review journal called
_Animation Journal_ now publishes two issues a year. Editor
Maureen Furniss can be reached at AJ Press, 2011 Kingsboro
Circle, Tustin, CA 92680-6733, USA.
The minimalism Derek Bouse sees in Beavis & Butthead's
animation style is a deliberate aesthetic choice by creator
Mike Judge. Animators used to more mainstream television
styles had to be re-educated to resist their urges to
soften the look of the show. In light of the satirical
content of the show as a caricature of the worst aspects of
MTV's viewership, the style aptly reinforces the characters'
Is it art? Who has the authority to say? For whom is the
question relevant? Would Mike Judge want that honorific
bestowed on his work? Disney publicly distanced himself from
those who claimed his work was art, in part because of the
elitist baggage the term carried, which might alienate the
majority of his audience.
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