Daily Lessons for Teaching Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons

Leonard Maltin
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Objective: Chapter 1, The Silent Era Winsor McCay believed that animation should be considered art. He was extremely disappointed when he saw that other animators were using animation as a trade, rather than an art. He called this unlucky. This lesson will focus Winsor McCay's beliefs about animation as an art form.

1) 1. Class discussion: Winsor McCay said that animation "should be an art," but that other animators have turned it into "a trade." He called this unlucky. Explain the significance behind this quote and what McCay meant. Discuss the importance of McCay calling animation as a trade "bad luck."

2. Group discussion: Discuss the reasons why McCay would be disappointed with new animators. What were they doing differently from him that he did not approve of?

3. Journal entry: Explain why you do or do not agree with McCay's assertion that new animators are using animation as a trade, rather...

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