French Animation History

French Animation History

Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (1 Mar 2011)
RRP: £70.00
ISBN-10: 1444338366
ISBN-13: 978-1444338362

Animation began in France, and for over 100 years French animators have remained devoted to their own artistic and technical traditions. Today, France is the third largest producer of animation in the world, and French animation is truly a unique product of the country’s rich cultural, economic, and technical background.

French Animation History is the first book dedicated exclusively to this vital element in the history of cinema, and reveals how French animators have forged their own visual styles, narrative modes, and technological innovations to construct a distinct national style, while avoiding the clichés and conventions of Hollywood’s commercial cartoons. During the past decade, scores of important French animated films have been restored and released on DVD from archival prints, making many of the titles mentioned in the book available for classroom use for the first time. The book includes more than 80 colour and black and white images from the most influential films, from early silent animation to the internationally renowned ‘Persepolis’. French Animation History is essential reading for anyone interested in the study of French animation, illuminating the exceptional place France holds within the history of world cinema.


Anonymous said...

On what basis is France the 'third biggest producer of animation today'?

I would suggest the UK industry is rather larger?

Anonymous said...

(Not to mention several Asian countries possibly producing more)

Tim said...

Thanks for the comment.

The information in this post is lifted directly from the book. It's not my own opinion and the publishers are hardly going to undersell their own product.

However, I think they're referring to animation created, developed and produced domestically without work being farmed out to other countries. Many Asian countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Indonesia are used by North American and European television networks and studios to create cost effective animation (cheap labour). Meaning a great deal of North American and UK animation isn't produced purely domestically, and many Asian countries are working on these projects instead of their own productions. I'm not saying French networks and studios don't also take advantage of this cheap labour, but with the amount of animation currently being produced domestically in France (witout out-sourcing skills), I wouldn't be surprised if their statement were true.