Animation History is a survey course, looking at animation worldwide, from its beginnings to the present day, in the USA, Asia and Europe. We will explore how the the commercial production contexts (eg studio system), technologies and alternative approaches affect both form and content (art and indie filmmaking) in different countries. Emphasis is on viewing and discussion, and on the short film (rather than on feature films or TV series, though these will be referenced). Topics may also include: what is the canon? Is it immutable? Relationships between live action and animation.