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The Computer-Animated FilmIndustry, Style and Genre$
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Christopher Holliday

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427883

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427883.001.0001

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Falling with Style? The Computer-Animated Film and Genre

Falling with Style? The Computer-Animated Film and Genre

(p.24) Chapter 1 Falling with Style? The Computer-Animated Film and Genre
The Computer-Animated Film

Christopher Holliday

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter One maintains the genre narrative established in the book’s introduction, interrogating in greater depth the shape of contemporary film genre theory, and its relationship to the study of digital animation to understand how computer-animated films might be conceptualised in generic terms. The interrelationship between animation and genre is identified as a complex series of engagements and negotiations, and drawing on animation scholarship and theories of film genre, this chapter engages with the problem of generic classification when placed within the specific context of animation. Informed by Paul Wells’ work on animation’s generic “deep structures”, this chapter argues that it is in the process of ‘doing’ recognisable genres (similar to notions of genre parody) that computer-animated films both create and announce their own internal structures and attributes, which will be pursued across the book as a whole. Chapter One also works through technological considerations (including current software packages) to identify the computer-animated film genre as a significant attribute of textual structures that are underpinned by technological concerns. Questions of genealogy and the computer-animated film’s potential influence (live-action cinema; videogames) are therefore brought together in a discussion of the ‘computer-animated film’ as a viable critical label.

Keywords:   Genre theory, intertextuality, parody, digital technology

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