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Long Live Animation!

The art form is alive and kicking.

Following my family’s abrupt relocation from Beijing to Taipei amid the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, I eventually landed a professor position at Taipei National University of the Arts, starting this month.

My Spring 2021 course load includes a diverse slate of offerings: “Experimental Animation Workshop,” “Entertainment Business Seminar: Going Global,” “The History of Animation,” and “The Future of Animation: Interactive, Immersive, Intelligent.”

Of these classes, “The History of Animation” would seem to be the most pedantic, but has in fact proven to be the most inspirational. While blocking in representative slides for the various weekly topics, I was reminded of the depth, breadth, and infinite possibilities of the animation medium.

Though the following images barely scratch the surface of the entirety of animation history and the content of my course, I hope they serve as a reminder that the art of animation is alive, kicking... and evolving.

Before the Beginning

Early Cinematic Animation

Disney, Fleischer and Warner Bros.

Wartime Animation

The UPA Revolution

Early Television Animation

Experimental Animation

The Animation of Eastern Europe

The National Film Board of Canada

The Disney Renaissance

The Influence of Anime

Advertising with Animation

The Rise of Pixar & the Rebirth of Disney

Modern Series & Streaming

Games People Play

The Global Renaissance

Animation in Taiwan

Future Directions

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Kevin is the author of AWN's Reality Bites blog, his musings on the art, technology and business of immersive media (AR, VR, MR) and AI. You can find Kevin's website at www.kevingeiger.com and he can be reached at holler@kevingeiger.com.

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