Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.
“This facility makes it most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation” -Walt Disney
Many questions arise when the words animation and cartoons are mentioned; it is nothing but voice and words given to our imagination. It took me back to finding more about the origin and history of this art as many of us see animations and cartoons but are unaware of how they came into existence of mankind. But that is how it is rightly so as cartoon characters and animation is nothing but the imagination of the mind.
As long as man has existed he has very much been fond of movement, anything in motion has always caught the eye of mankind.
Right from Stone Age we have seen pictures of animals and humans in caves….. it was nothing but imagination put down in the form of paintings on the cave walls. As long as 5000 years ago an artist had portrayed a goat that jumps towards a tree and eats leaves, it can also be called the first ever animation.
The paintings in caves gave an illusion of movement of characters painted on the walls due to the flickering light of the fire.
Clay figures, shadow images, puppets etc were created through imagination but it is was always connected to real life and conveyed in a story format with a message.
So, the most beloved character of the world, MICKEY MOUSE was born with the inspiration of a mouse that captured the attention of the entire world.
There was also a debate on the difference between cartoons and animation but the simplest way to explain the same is that animation is the process of making it come to life.
Animation was effective in the yesteryears and has not lost its charm even today. All of us have at least one favourite character that we can relate to. Animation earlier was more of different sounds and movement rather than to giving voice to the characters on screen.
Animation earlier was restricted to short shows that were streamed in between programmes or a small slot for children when these shows were scheduled.
Later on considering the positive effect of animation and its popularity, movies were made and accepted widely by audience from all age groups.
The popularity and mass coverage led animation to another level where it found space in advertising, separate shows with different characters for children, even education.
The children now are used to watching animated language activities anything that you can name and think of is available in animation.
But over years animation also involves a lot of violence. Your favourite character can speak in the language that you follow.
Earlier all animation was considered to be good to watched by children but today the content needs to be monitored before you would want your child to watch any animated show.
A big booming industry growing leaps and bounds but still somewhere connected to life and our existence as we are connected to any art form birth , it may be in the form of crying before we learn to speak (that also is in the form of some tune), scribbling before learning to write so it is an inseparable part of us thus we connect to it so well though the forms and presentations may change over years but the connect will always be there.
At the end of it is the art of storytelling which has to change with the generations, and as we all know there are and will be all time classics, all time favourites passed on from one generation to another.
So very rightly said….
“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained” – Walt Disney
Dr. Rupali Dhamdhere
C M International School
About the Author
Dr. Rupali Dhamdhere is a dedicated educational professional with 7 years of banking and more than 15 years of teaching experience in both a title and non-title school. She is currently serving as the Principal of CM International School. She believes that teaching is just not a profession, but it means to use all your resources to push the community further.
In many years of experience covering all aspects of school operations, including teaching, counseling and special program management, Dr. Rupali has proven her ability to create and monitor policies and practices that promote a safe learning environment, ensure a school culture that encourages continuous improvements for teachers and students, and develop an environment that encourages open communication with colleagues, students and the community. She has demonstrated knowledge and leadership in the area of state educational policies.
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