Range of different animations
The best thing I found when researching animation was the short animation clips attached to the Radio 4 Listening Project
Listening project http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fykh1
This is a long running project where any 2 people, friends or family members can go along and record a conversation which is then edited and compiled into a programme. On the website they have a selection of animations done by students at art college. There is a great variety of different styles and it is interesting to see what the students come up with. It looks to me as though the students have all used computers in some way, even if it is just to upload the films. Some animations look to be completely computer generated, others mix hand drawn imagery with computer effects. Others use models. Often the students are responding to quite abstract ideas, there is very little footage which is 2 people with moving mouths. The most abstract is “Saying Goodbye -Yvonne”, animated by Daniel Poulter from Bristol University, which is black and white shapes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p056kkmh
One of my favourites is one about dyslexia as a super power. I am jealous of my friend’s dyslexia as I am convinced it is associated with art super powers. In fact I would like to start a campaign for dyslexics to have less time in art exams (just kidding, don’t troll me)
I enjoyed reading the animators descriptions of why they had chosen the style of animation that they had, to suit the conversation.
Animation as an illusion
Although there is something magical about animation, I think that in these days of computer graphics the sense of illusion has actually altered. The virtual world is itself an illusion so in that sense I don’t think the world of animation is anything special. However, when looking at old fashioned animation such as flip books, zoetropes and stop motion, I think some of the magic comes back. It is like the opposite of an illusion, it is the illusion revealing its workings.