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"Variety" on Animation in Documentaries "Chicago 10" and "Waltz With Bashir"

by on November 14, 2008

Variety notes the rise of animation in documentary films, such as Chicago 10 (read Toon Zone News’ review here) and Waltz with Bashir, with Chicago 10 director Brett Morgen and Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman discussing the reasons for using animation in their documentaries instead of stock footage or interviews. Morgen states that he “wanted the narrative to unfold in the present tense” and was “hoping to create a language that would be (acceptable) to the youth audience,” while Folman notes that, “A middle-aged man being interviewed against a black background telling stories that happened 25 years ago without any archival footage to support them would have been so boring.” Both also discuss how they managed to finance the animation they used in their movies.

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