[AB 01] Cognitive Animation Theory: A Process-Based Reading of Animation and Human Cognition

In the journal article, Dan Torre proposes a new cognitive theory of animation. He differentiates this from the literature that surrounds cognitive film theories and suggests that animation itself can be positioned distinctively apart from other mediums. He discusses also in the theory of how animation can facilitate to a greater creative and epistemic potential, considering the influence of sound and comparative uses of metamorphosis. Through understanding the human cognition and how we relate to the environment around us, it provides parallels of animations that can be made successfully that is relatable due to our empathic nature. Torre begins with animation and movement, that even in abstract forms, the human mind can be triggered to make out what the form represents and the concepts it upholds. This would enable the capacity to combine motion and the image in new ways, to perceive intentionality of movement, contributing to the ‘usefulness of embodied approaches to character animation’. Animation as image layers and how it relates to cognition has been highlighted with the importance of colour and how we associate with it. To associate with various elements in animation, can only be achieved through understanding the complex relationships between objects, characters and space that has been layered to produce the final image output.

These considerations of theoretical ideas have provided a sound comparative analogy of how animation links to cognition. With examples of other mediums, Torre has demonstrated how animation sets itself apart with the particular aspects he has presented.


TORRE, D. (2014) Cognitive Animation Theory: A Process-Based Reading of Animation and Human Cognition. Animation: an interdisciplinary journal [Online] 9 (1) : p.47-64. Available from: http://anm.sagepub.com/content/9/1/47.abstract [Accessed 24/10/2016]


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