The History and Theory of Cut-Out Animation: From J. Stuart Blackton to South Park (Hardcover)
The History and Theory of Cut-out Animation surveys the history, theory and philosophy of the cut-out animation technique in early and contemporary media.Cut-out animation is a two-dimensional form of stop-motion animation that involves the manipulation of characters that have been constructed from 'cut-out' pieces of paper. It is an animation technique that has its own unique aesthetic and encompasses a remarkable history, having played a very important role from the very beginnings of cinematic animation. It has been translated into a number of digital animated series, most notably the South Park series. This book investigates the history, theory and philosophy of this unique form of animation. Although scholarly in its approach, it is presented in a very accessible form to appeal to everyone who has an interest in animation practice, history and theory.
Dan Torre is Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia. He has also worked in the animation industry, including on the cut-out styled animated feature film, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999).