It was an uncredited Czech animator who explained that to animate is to “give life and soul to a design, not through copying but through the transformation of reality”. The word ‘transformation’ is essential to our subject here. The breadth of approaches that animation can offer as a way of illustrating an idea is immense.

As of this writing (in September 2020) a number of animated films are in production, or await release, that are unified by a shared element: Nature and wilderness. The Irish animated film Wolf Walkers focuses on children and their ability to transform from human into animal. ...


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