GreenCine Daily reminds Film Studies For Free that it's Mickey Mouse's birthday today - eighty years to the day since his first film appearance in Steamboat Willie. GC Daily points us in the direction of a nice annotated photo gallery with informative text by Neal Gabler, author of Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, at the Guardian Online. And once there you can find a tribute video with some wonderful clips (you just have to endure a short advert to watch them). The BBC also offers some infotaining fun with the old mouse, too. If Disney World's anthropomorphism or cultural imperialism are not your cup of tea, then check out another cultural text that 'age cannot wither ..., nor custom stale': Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart's enduringly essential How to Read Donald Duck.
Anyhow, on the occasion of this mousepicious anniversary, the ever event-driven Film Studies For Free decided to gather together in one place (below) all its current animation online-resource links (to archives, online films, weblogs, e-journals and noteworthy articles, e-zines, discussion and research groups, and podcasts):
- the new website for the British Cartoon Archive
- Paul Ward's Introduction to the great Animation Studies issue of online journal Enter Text (no. 4.1)
Here are direct links to the other articles in the issue: Giannalberto Bendazzi: African cinema Animation; Joanna Bouldin: Criminal Realism: Virtual Child Pornography, Photorealism and the Legislation of the Virtual Animated Body; David Surman: Animated Caricature: Notes on Superman, 1941-1943; Suzanne Buchan: Animation Spectatorship: The Quay Brothers' Animated "Worlds"; Michael Nottingham: Downing the Folk-festive: Menacing Meals in the Films of Jan Svankmajer; Thomas Lamarre: An Introduction to Otaku Movement; George Griffin: Willful Ignorance: Making Flying Fur; Sarah Bowen: Mindscapes and Landscapes: Pixillation and Live-Action in the Making of Daze; Penn Stevens: Making Tied Down; Richard O'Connor: Three Ways of Avoiding Animation.
- Two further, noteworthy, Open Access articles on international animation: Gigi Hu Tze-yue, 'Understanding Japanese animation: from Miyazaki and Takahataanime'; and Paula Callus's article on African animation (commissioned by Africa in Motion)
- Tate Modern 02-03-2007 Pervasive Animation conference podcasts
- Finally, and also on Miyazake's oeuvre, please check out the following great Open Access publication by Rayna Denison for the online journal Scope: 'Disembodied Stars and the Cultural Meanings of Princess Mononoke's Soundscape'.