Animated Documentaries: Aesthetics, Politics and Viewer Engagement

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Animated documentaries and documentary games accentuate the increasingly blurred boundaries between fact and fiction in contemporary documentary works. Examining claims that animation aesthetics may overshadow documentary content and transform ethical concerns into aesthetic devices, this essay maintains that animation's complexity as documentary representation must be further examined, accentuating the sub-genre's innovative engagement with important characteristics of the current information age. Contextualized within the theorization of shifting information systems, animated documentaries and documentary games create powerful spectatorial effects that can re-sensitize viewers and renegotiate the definitions of documentary, authenticity, realism and viewers' "documentary experience", redefining both documentary and viewer engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPervasive Animation
EditorsSuzanne Buchan
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780203152577
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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