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  • The Unlimited Limitations of Gerald McBoing Boing

    The Unlimited Limitations of Gerald McBoing Boing0

    “Limited animation” is a technique that recycles frames in between shots, while also featuring drawings in stylized fashions. United Productions of America, or UPA, employed this method in their 1951 animated short, Gerald McBoing Boing: a story about a boy who can only speak through sound effects. The minimalist aesthetics showcased throughout are most prominent

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  • Breathing Life into Lines: Disney’s Success at Personality Animation

    Breathing Life into Lines: Disney’s Success at Personality Animation0

    Characters in animation are just a group of lines and vectors. But how is it that they play with our emotions? What about Wall-E or Up that makes us laugh, or cry? It’s personality animation. Simply put, animators manipulate hues, sound, movement, line-work, etc. to give a hero or villain a very distinct personality. And

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  • Companionship and Betrayal in Medieval Literary Heroism

    Companionship and Betrayal in Medieval Literary Heroism0

    In Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings, companionship and betrayal are major themes that arise in notions of Medieval heroism. Protagonists of the texts share numerous parallels – both Beowulf and Frodo are betrayed in their climactic battle scenes, and rely on the loyalty of others in their weakest moments. Before fighting the dragon,

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