japanese animation before anime


SUN 8. 07. / 16H
CINEMA TOWER
JAPANESE ANIMATION BEFORE ANIME
LECTURE by JENNIFER LYNDE BARKER

By now, anime has become a wildly beloved and well-researched part of global film and television culture. But anime is only one aspect of Japanese animation, and a rather young one at that, rooted in the 1960s as it is with Tetsuwan Atomu, aka Atom Boy – there’s already half a century of animation production preceding this! Dr. Jennifer Barker has extensively researched the early history of Japanese animation and in this program will introduce the curious into early Japanese animation’s splendor. She’ll talk about masters like Seo Mitsuyo, Masaoka Kenzō, and Ōfuji Noburō; she’ll discuss influences especially from US-American animation works like Felix the Cat: how these were adopted and transformed into something unique; and she’ll show how in the best of these works popular entertainment and avant-garde experiment could become one.

The programme will be presented by Jennifer Lynde Barker, a writer and filmologist, who is one of the members of the jury for this year’s Best Foreign Film.