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Being open to inspiration


New direction in animation: Asia
Jules Engel Film-maker
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I think the only direction it's happening, we'll be getting from the East Asian world. I don't personally, like that style of drawing, personally. It's too cartoony for me. Too damn cartoony and fast. And the scenes are very short and fast. I think that's easier for them to function that way than make… throw it down and let it be a little longer. You see, but they are not longer, they're getting shorter and shorter because it's easier to get something quick. You hit, I'll hit you, you know? And this is what's come across in a lot of the Asian animation. But some of it is beautiful and it's good. But they're also rushing, rushing the scenes because I think it's easier to do something good in a shorter moment. I prefer… I still prefer some of the early Disney's. They're beautiful things. But the Asian things, it's good, it's good stuff, but for me, it doesn't quite work. It's too fast. Every scene is so fast, you don't have a chance to, who the...? What...? Woah. But that's from that world. But they're doing incredibly well, the Asian films. Big animation deal, hour and a half, two hours, you know? A new world's come from Asia, into animation.

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Disney, Asia, East Asia

Duration: 1 minute, 40 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 29 September 2010