Animation Studies 2.0 is committed to promoting the work of animation scholars. In this section you will find the upcoming calls for book reviews, as well as published book reviews.

Upcoming reviews:

  • Animated Film and Disability (2022) by Slava Greenberg – expected in March 2024
  • Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation (2020) by Andrew R. Johnston – expected in April 2024
  • Politically Animated: Non-fiction Animation from the Hispanic World (2023) by Jennifer Nagtegaal – expected in May 2024

We will also be looking for book reviews for:

  • Cartoon Vision (2019) by Dan Bashara
  • The Intersection of Animation, Video Games, and Music: Making Movement Sing (2023) edited by Lisa Scoggin and Dana Plank

We also welcome suggestions for books to review. Please contact co-editors Carmen Hannibal and Anastasiia Gushchina via blog@animationstudies.org with any questions or book recommendations.


Published reviews:

  • Review: Figure and Force in Animation Aesthetics (2019), Ryan Pierson
    TweetWriting about the way elements move in animation proves to be a formidable challenge for any book on the medium, but Ryan Pierson’s Figure and Force in Animation Aesthetics (2019) manages to explore philosophical theories related to change while providing…
  • Review: French Animation History (2011), by Richard Neupert
    TweetFrench Animation History (2011) by Richard Neupert delivers an essential academic exploration of Francophone animated cinema, a topic of great interest according to Neupert, due to its artistic potential and worldwide influence since its origins. Across six chapters, the author…
  • Review: Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s Stop-Motion Witchcraft (2021), ed. Mihaela Mihailova
    TweetIn the introduction of the recently published anthology Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s Stop-Motion Witchcraft, editor Mihaela Mihailova writes, “Like witchcraft, puppet craft remains poorly understood and frequently branded as a relic of a bygone era — and…
  • Anime’s Identity Crisis: Closed Borders, Global Networks, and the Neoliberal Self
    TweetReview of Stevie Suan. Anime’s Identity: Performativity and Form Beyond Japan. United States, University of Minnesota Press, 2021. Traditional scholarship on anime has left the identity of the media form as de facto Japanese, reducing a global industrial network into…
  • A Vibrant History, Bursting at the Seams
    TweetReview of Jez Stewart, The Story of British Animation, London: British Film Institute, Bloomsbury, 2021. Jez Stewart’s role as a curator at the BFI National Archive positions him well as author of this detailed history of British animation. The book…
  • The Truth about “Animating Truth”
    TweetReview of Nea Ehrlich, Animating Truth: Documentary and Visual Culture in the 21st Century, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021. For those of us who are interested in nonfictional animation, Nea Ehrlich’s new book is, to tell the truth, a proper…
  • Expanding into Unchartered Land: Arab Animation Production from the Thirties to Today
    TweetReview of Omar Sayfo, Arab Animation: Images of Identity, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021. Probably the first extensive dedication to the subject, Arab Animation: Images of Identity is a major contribution to the diverse world of Arab and international animation…
  • Animating Atrocities: Bearing Witness in War Animation Films
    TweetReview of Donna Kornhaber, Dream Sanctuary: War and the Animated Film. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2020. When one thinks about wartime animated films, propaganda film comes to most people’s mind. Indeed, since the 1990s, studies in animated propaganda developed…
  • Crafty Fingers and Imperfect Frames
    TweetReview of Caroline Ruddell and Paul Ward (eds.). The Crafty Animator: Handmade, Craft-Based Animation and Cultural Value. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. The Crafty Animator: Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value is a coherent collection of essays centered around the production of…
  • Bursting the Bounds of Chinese Animation and Scholarship
    TweetReview of Daisy Yan Du. Animated Encounters: Transnational Movements of Chinese Animation 1940s-1970s. University of Hawai’i Press, 2019. Daisy Yan Du’s excellent Animated Encounters: Transnational Movements of Chinese Animation 1940s-1970s is essential reading for anyone interested in Chinese or Japanese…
  • Changing Perspective(s) on Japanese Animation
    TweetReview of Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu (eds.).  Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013. This book was put together by a prominent clinical psychologist with a long experience in the psychological dimensions of animation…
  • Being Moved by Moving Images
    TweetReview of Meike Uhrig (ed.). Emotion in Animated Films. New York/London: Routledge, 2018. Emotion in Animated Films explores the rich territory of emotions and their representation within animated films, particularly with a view on emotions as represented within computer animation. Books…
  • Between Myths
    TweetReview of Kayla Rae Whitaker. The Animators. London: Random House Trade, 2017. Animation often draws on literature. Disney had his fairy tales and every good anime starts life as a manga. Inspiration travels in the other direction far less often.…
  • Animation Reinvented: Play and Nostalgia Meet Pop Art and Consumerism
    TweetAlmost 24 years ago, in November 1995, audiences flocked to the movie theater to see a new kind of animated film: one not drawn by hand, but created entirely within a computer. While some may have gone due to the…
  • Animating the Documentary
    TweetReview of Nea Ehrlich and Jonathan Murray (eds.). Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019. This book project evolved from a collection of proceedings during a 2011 conference held at Edinburgh University…
  • The Early Work of Hayao Miyazaki
    TweetReview of Raz Greenberg. Hayao Miyazaki: Exploring the Early Work of Japan’s Greatest Animator, New York/London: Bloomsbury, 2018. There are those who advocate history-less animation, curricula that focus on the teaching of techniques and technology. In his book, Hayao Miyazaki:…
  • 20 Years of Mononoke
    TweetReview of Rayna Denison (ed.). Princess Mononoke: Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess, New York/London: Bloomsbury, 2018. In March 2000, during a visit to the cinema, I chanced upon a mysterious poster design featuring a golden medallion embossed with the image of…
  • The Man Himself
    TweetReview of Nichola Dobson. Norman McLaren: Between the Frames, New York/London: Bloomsbury, 2018.   McLaren’s film Neighbours (1952) changed the trajectory of my life. As a trainee art teacher on viewing the film with a group of schoolchildren (who were…
  • Thought Made Flesh
    TweetReview of Deborah Levitt. The Animatic Apparatus. Winchester: Zero Books, 2018.   Animation is thought made flesh. It gives life, or at least the illusion of a life, to the world as we imagine it. It fabricates perceptions and, in…
  • Computer Worlds
    TweetReview of Christopher Holliday. The Computer-Animated Film. Industry, Style and Genre. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.   The Computer-Animated Film is ambitious in its scope and comprehensive in its coverage, which alone would make a go-to text in the still-comparatively…