Project 1 – Animation Studies: Last topic.

  • Animation is a form of art or a form of production.

This is my last topic.
Oddly enough when I searched for information about ‘what other people think’ regarding this topic I found an article that is pretty much talking about all three topics that we were given.  Where I do agree on some points, on others I felt that the writer was merging two things togheter that should never be merged. However, this does bring me to the last topic which is the question if it’s a form of art or a form of production.

(Link to the blogpost below as I did find it an interesting read)

[mass noun] The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power:
‘the art of the Renaissance’
‘great art is concerned with moral imperfections’
‘she studied art in Paris’
.1 Works produced by human creative skill and imagination:
‘his collection of modern art’
[as modifier] ‘an art critic’
1.2 Creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture:
‘she’s good at art’
Oxford Dictionaries | English. (2016). art – definition of art in English | Oxford Dictionaries. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Dec. 2016].


Art is in the eye of the beholder.  Where someone spends a lifetime working on perfecting it and never gets regarded as an artist, someone else can drop a line on a canvas and make milions. 43.8 milion to be precise.

” Onement VI” from abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman sold on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at a Sotheby’s auction for a record-setting 43.8 million dollars.”

22 Words. (2016). Canvas Painted Blue with a White Line Sells for $44 Million. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Dec. 2016].



Animation comes, in my opinion (and that’s what seems to matter in this topic as art is opinion rather than fact) in two forms.  One is an art form and one is the production form. Series and anime which have to produce alot of refenue in a short time or even be released several times a month or even week, often focus more on the next episode regarding the storyline and not on the visual effects.  As the person in the article took anime and animation as example, I will continue on that.
Anime series are often still frames where only the mouth, hair and eyes are animated, this to make sure that the production level remains high and deadlines are met, whilst when watching an animated film such as Spirited away, you can see the difference in everything. The colours, movements, storylines, characters.  They are all considered, worked on, carefully created and that is what creates art. This doesn’t mean that in -my – opinion the anime series as of late are not considered to be art, but just as the Onement VI (above) it leaves a momentarily impression on you, whilst something that has been created and put to paper such as films like Spirited away will leave an impression on your soul which will  last a lifetime.


So.. if animation is art or production, again it’s different sides of the same platform.

I recall a conversation that I had with my course leader some time ago, where I told him that I could not stop watching pencil tests or old animations and that I still could not understand why I live for projects such as Duet from Glen Keane and his answer was simple and to me explained it all. The lines that produce the frames, the animator’s life that’s within the drawings give it life.  Attention and care are what create the art that can be animation and that part is often lost when animation becomes production.

YouTube. (2016). Duet – Glen Keane HD (2014). [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Dec. 2016].
YouTube. (2016). Thought of You – by Ryan Woodward. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Dec. 2016].




Next post will be about the creation of the two headed creature and my final choice… If I can make one.


Oh and link to the blog. >

Fou, P., Fou, P. and profile, V. (2016). Animation is Art: Seriously!. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Dec. 2016].


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