Animation Film History 2

Display Schedule

Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309DAFI2 ZK 3 24S Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Eliška DĚCKÁ

Name of lecturer(s)

Eliška DĚCKÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Course aim

Information on the history of animated film from 1950 to the present.

Study results

Students have command of the history of animated film from 1950 to the present.

Mode of study

Lectures with screenings, discussion on assigned readings and screened films.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic overview of the history of animated film.

Course contents

Course content

The „History of Animated Film 2“ course focuses on historical and theory considerations of animation from 1950 to the present.

Emphasis will be placed on finding links and reviews of older pieces in the context of todays animated works, either through texts in the field or subsequent discussions in class.

Individual lectures with screenings will be focused on these topics:

  1. Phenomenon of Czech short film and the animation creation system before 1989
  2. Tradition of Czechoslovak and Czech evening program - sociological overlaps in relation to child viewers, educational missions, stereotypes and gender
  3. Czech animation and emigration - Petr Sis, Vera Neubauer, Paul Fierlinger
  4. Expression artists UPRUM of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
  5. Figures in Czech animation: Jan Švankmajer, Jiří Barta, Břetislav Pojar
  6. Phenomenon of Canadian creations in the National Film Board of Canada
  7. Original animation of Great Britain and the phenomenon of Channel 4
  8. French animation and connection to illustration and comics
  9. Independent original Japanese animation 0 Osamu Tezuka, Koji Yamamura, Atsushi Wada
  10. Large studio feature productions: Ghibli, Aardman Animations, Pixar, Disney
  11. Original creations in the USA (Chris Sullivan) + the New York independent school (Bill Plympton, Signe Baumane)

Along with the classes themselves (28 hrs) students, to complete the course, must devote a large amount of time to study at home. This will be familiarization with may feature films in the history of animation, there is no time for their screenings in class (approx. 15 hours), and, as well, readings of obligatory texts for completion of the final knowledge test (approx 20 hours). As well, student present small reading tasks for review in each class. These are preparations for class. (approx. 15 hrs).

Recommended or required reading

Giannalberto Bendazzi, Animation: A World History, Waltham: Focal Press 2017.

Benjamin Cook – Gary Thomas (eds.), The Animate! Book: Rethinking Animation. London: LUX 2006.

Amy. M. Davis, Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation. London: John Libbey Publishing 2006

Edgar Dutka, Minimum z dějin světové animace. Praha: AMU 2004.

Maureen Furniss (ed.), Animation: Art and Industry. London: John Libbey Publishing 2009.

Clare Kitson, British Animation: The Channel 4 Factor. London: Parliament Hill Publishing 2008.

Judith Kriger, Animated Realism: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Animated Documentary Genre. Oxford: Focal Press 2012.

Jayne Pilling, A Reader in Animation Studies. Sydney: John Lingey 1997.

Ülo Pikkov, Animasofie. Praha: AMU 2017.

Bill Plympton, How to Make Toons That Sells without Selling Out! Oxford: Focal Press 2012.

Stanislav Ulver (ed.), Animace a doba. Praha: Film a doba 2004.

Paul Wells, Understanding Animation. London: Routledge 2000.

Paul Wells, Animation – Genre and Authorship. London – New York: Wallflower Press 2002.

Individual editons of the Homo Felix magazxine (available at the NFA Library)

This is a basic general overview of the recommended literature. Selected required texts/essays will be sent to the students by email directly from the instructor.

Assessment methods and criteria

To complete the course, necessary is lecture attendance, reading of assigned texts and subsequent discussions about them as well as films screened in class.

At the close of the semester students sit a knowledge exam and write their own essay on a selected film/phenomenon screened or discussed during instruction.


As mentioned, the student paper needs to be obtained at least 3 days ahead of time. For communication with students are requested to provide a functioning email or phone number.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 420
Room No. 420

(Lažanský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:00–15:35 Eliška DĚCKÁ Room No. 420
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans