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Cartoon Vision: UPA Animation and Postwar Aesthetics
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Dan Bashara
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Cartoon Vision: UPA Animation and Postwar Aesthetics

Dan Bashara


University of California Press

Art & design styles: from c 1960;
Architectural structure & design;
Film theory & criticism;
Animated movies & films;
Popular culture


296 pages

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In Cartoon Vision Dan Bashara examines American animation alongside the modern design boom of the postwar era. Focusing especially on United Productions of America (UPA), a studio whose graphic, abstract style defined the postwar period, Bashara considers animation akin to a laboratory, exploring new models of vision and space alongside theorists and practitioners in other fields. The links-theoretical, historical, and aesthetic-between animators, architects, designers, artists, and filmmakers reveal a specific midcentury modernism that rigorously reimagined the senses. Cartoon Vision invokes the American Bauhaus legacy of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Gyoergy Kepes and advocates for animation's pivotal role in a utopian design project of retraining the public's vision to better apprehend a rapidly changing modern world.

By:   Dan Bashara
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780520298149
ISBN 10:   0520298144
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1 * Postwar Precisionism: Order in American Modernist Art and the Modern Cartoon 2 * Unlimited Animation: Movement in Modern Architecture and the Modern Cartoon 3 * Condensed Works: Communication in Graphic Design and the Modern Cartoon 4 * The Design Gaze: Cartoon Logic in Hollywood Cinema and the Avant-Garde Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

Dan Bashara is an instructor of cinema and media studies at DePaul University.

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