“Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can’t create it if you don’t have one.” Great words said by Brad Bird (who was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney’s legendary Nine old men) on the understanding of Animation.
Animation is visual storytelling to put the viewer in a new world to get them to live in a world where they watch the protagonists live their lives and grow in development until the result of their final growth, but that’s just my view of what it means to me as. I’ve enjoyed how symbolic the characters are and relevant to the viewers through an abstract understanding of an average person in real life.
Animation has been separated by society into two categories which are Japanese animation and Western animation, or the short version of the two versions are Anime and Cartoon. The two are somewhat different and also have distinct similarities.
The difference between anime and cartoon is that the former tries to go closer to the naturalism of the human life unlike its counterpart, cartoon, which moves away from that and concentrates on the abstract part of creativity and this shows a relation to the difference of the naturalism like Renaissance art and non-creative constraints like in Abstract art through the diversity of both Anime and Cartoon.
The Similarity in both Anime and Cartoon is first obviously shown that both are fictional worlds created by a person’s storytelling and creation of their world. But another similarity is shown through the Hero’s Journey which is loosely the character development of the protagonist through different trials and obstacles they must face to get to their final growth as a character.
In conclusion, Western animation and Japanese animation are similar using storytelling and world creation (Sounds a bit like I’m talking about video game…but that’s another story), and differences in style creation of environment and character.