The Illusion of Life I was the world's first book of scholarly essays theorising animation. Part II continues and extends its pioneering work, providing an abundance of understandings, approaches, correctives and challenges to scholars not only in animation but in film studies and disciplines all across the media spectrum. It proceeds on the assumption that animation, in increasingly taking centre stage thanks to computer animation and anime, calls ever more insistently for focused, rigorous theoretical attention.
Alan Cholodenko is honorary associate of the Department of Art History and Theory, the University of Sydney. Other contributors include Philip Brophy, Rex Butler, Edward Colless, Ben Crawford, Patrick Crogan, David Ellison, Jane Goodall, Annemarie Jonson, Pauline Moore, Kosei Ono, Fred Patten, Freida Riggs, William D. Routt, William Schaffer, and Richard Thompson.