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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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Notes on a Luxo World

Notes on a Luxo World

(p.63) Chapter 3 Notes on a Luxo World
The Computer-Animated Film

Christopher Holliday

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter advances the term ‘Luxo’ as a useful descriptor that awards definition to the unique fictional worlds of the computer-animated feature film. The main body of writing in the initial stages outlines how the Luxo worlds of computer-animated films intersect with (and depart from) other forms of animation and digital world construction, situating computer-animated films against scholarship dealing with world creation. Emphasis is paid to the multiplicity of cinema’s ‘computer-animated’ worlds across popular Hollywood cinema, drawing in comparisons with Rotoscoping and the current effects industry via the virtual backlot. A significant discrimination made here is the idea that a Luxo world operates as a computer-animated film fiction achieved through the act of production, not as a fictional world crafted separately in post-production. Animatedness becomes a term that is developed throughout the chapter, invoked to promote the specificities of this new digital cinema and the richness of its film worlds. By exploring the particular “animatedness” of a Luxo world against other types and traditions of animated fictions, this chapter distinguishes the ways in which technology is harnessed through the spectacle of the digital multitude and how computer-animated films operate in dialogue with the formal style of “open world” videogames.

Keywords:   Fictional worlds, space, multitude, crowd, animatedness

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