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By Jayne Pilling

Cartoons―both from the vintage Hollywood period and from extra modern characteristic movies and tv series―offer a wealthy box for precise research and research. individuals draw on theories and technique from movie, tv, and media reports, paintings background and feedback, and feminism and gender studies.

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A pair of scissors is lodged overhead in wires. Gilgamesh passes a mirror-window and a buzz-saw whirls into action. They are his instruments, operated by magic, but also his reflection. The sound of the buzz-saw, to the Quays, was ‘bizarre . . perverse, the quality of the steely tinge of a vagina with metal lips’. Gilgamesh’s own impotence is ridiculed as he prepares a slicing wicket with two eggs where his testes should be. The Quays regretted not having inserted glaucous, cataract eyeballs. But the autonomy of the puppet is a stubborn obstacle.

The crucial difference in this instance is that the new digital techniques are employed in an attempt to achieve this goal through complex forms of image simulation. Indeed, the historical form of ‘cartoonal’ realism associated with Disney itself becomes a partial model and reference for an attempted simulation by other means. Perhaps paradoxically it is precisely through its ‘simulational’ or imitative impulse that Red’s Dream not only continues the realist course of Disney, but at the same time produces altogether new forms of image.

With optically-based representations, the camera records already existing reality. Everything that exists can be photographed. Camera artefacts such as depth of field, film grain, and the limited tonal range, affect the image as a whole. With three dimensional computer graphics, reality itself has to be constructed from scratch before it can be photographed by a virtual camera. Therefore,thephoto-realisticsimulationof‘realscenes’ispracticallyimpossiblebecause the techniques available to commercial animators only cover the particular phenomena of visual reality.

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