Disney: film theory and high art
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF208
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online film studies course looks at the artists and theorists which influenced or evaluated Walt Disney Animation Studios. We will consider how both Walt Disney and his films were influenced by artistic movements such as surrealism and futurism. For example, we will study films such as Dumbo and Destino and analyse how they are narratively constructed and artistically drawn.
We will also analyse animation as a medium and apply theories from influential theorists and filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein. The founder of Soviet Montage theory may seem unlikely, but through his writing, we learn more about the adaptability of a film’s form. This will then allow us to discuss how animation creates meaning and how important Walt Disney’s shorts and early films still are to animation today.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Surrealism and Walt Disney
• Futurism and Walt Disney
• Soviet Montage theory and Sergei Eisenstein
• Animation as a medium in which to filter and adapt genre
• The early 20th century artists of Walt Disney Animation Studios
• The early history of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• List key films and shorts by Walt Disney Animation Studios
• Explain artistic influences and film theories and apply them to Walt Disney’s films.
• Analyse the narrative and style of early 20th century film animation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. No prior knowledge is necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lecture with a PowerPoint, film clips, and large group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There no other costs. Bring a pen and paper. Film extracts will be shown in the course, you do not have to obtain them.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Ann-Marie Fleming received her PhD in Film Studies from The University of Kent in 2019. She has taught multiple film courses on film history, style, and theory. She has published two articles in the Celebrity Studies Journal and a book chapter in Star Attractions, Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.