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Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Animated feature films have been some of the most popular forms of entertainment in the past 90, almost 100, years. Short, animated shows existed before that, but the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs changed the landscape of cinema. Over the resulting decades, many animated features were created and loved by people. The medium experienced changes in the 1990s as computers advanced and computer-generated imagery (CGI) became commonplace. With the advancements in technology, there might have been other storytelling changes that needed to adapt for the new format. To properly understand any differences, it is best to look at the first computer-generated feature film, Toy Story, and compare its storytelling techniques to other animated works that came out around the same time. The method for this study will be through a textual analysis of the Pixar film, Toy Story, and other animated movies from the 1990s, primarily from Disney. The ideal results will be any notable findings related to story structure and any technical limitations or benefits found from the change in animation. These findings will help understand how storytelling either changes or stays similar, regardless of the medium in which it is presented.

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Screenwriting

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Toy Story: A Screenplay/Storytelling Analysis

Animated feature films have been some of the most popular forms of entertainment in the past 90, almost 100, years. Short, animated shows existed before that, but the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs changed the landscape of cinema. Over the resulting decades, many animated features were created and loved by people. The medium experienced changes in the 1990s as computers advanced and computer-generated imagery (CGI) became commonplace. With the advancements in technology, there might have been other storytelling changes that needed to adapt for the new format. To properly understand any differences, it is best to look at the first computer-generated feature film, Toy Story, and compare its storytelling techniques to other animated works that came out around the same time. The method for this study will be through a textual analysis of the Pixar film, Toy Story, and other animated movies from the 1990s, primarily from Disney. The ideal results will be any notable findings related to story structure and any technical limitations or benefits found from the change in animation. These findings will help understand how storytelling either changes or stays similar, regardless of the medium in which it is presented.

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