PBS Explores The Evolution Of Animation

In its most recent installment of its Off Book series — sort of a collection of cultural anthropology lessons — PBS takes a look at animation and how it’s evolved over time, right up through the modern age of the internet.

Animation has been captivating audiences for more than a hundred years. From classic forms like hand drawn and stop-motion, to cutting-edge techniques like motion graphics and CGI, animation has a long history of creating style and poetry unachievable through live action filmmaking. It is a tool for educating, a place for experimentation and play, and a way of telling personal stories that reach the viewer with powerful visual metaphors.