Publication Date

Winter 11-28-2023


School of Communication


Digital Media and Communication Arts


Animation, Film, Creativity, Storytelling, Theme, Emotion, Art


Audio Arts and Acoustics | Composition | Film Production | Graphic Design | Illustration | Screenwriting | Television | Visual Studies


With the progression of streaming services in recent years, the art form of animation has gained traction, continuing to develop into exceedingly creative forms through the work of talented artists. Animation has developed alongside the film industry, achieving great success in the process. This thesis will define animation and its place within visual effects, critically analyze categories of character design, theme, and story while demonstrating their relationship with animation, and contrast animation with live action films to understand its strengths and differentiations. The research concludes that animation has great benefits to offer the film industry and should be continued to be explored as a respected and viable form of artistic expression.