Post #1: Animation Can Be Any Genre

When most people hear the term ‘animations’ they usually start limiting themselves to certain genres, specifically ones targeting children. However, animations are not limited to only a few genres; rather they are capable of crossing over into any genre. A great example of this is the animated short from StoryCorps “Danny and Annie”.


StoryCorps is a project to record oral histories from real people of all backgrounds. In their first interview, Danny and Annie Perasa tell the story of how they first met and their marriage. A few years later they did a second recording after finding out that Danny Perasa was diagnosed with cancer. An animation was created to go along with the original recordings so that they would be telling their own story. By creating an animation to go along with the audio, their story is greatly enhanced, capable of being shared with more people and now visually appealing instead of simply being auditory. Just like in some of the opening scenes in the film “UP”, we see their lives after “happily ever after”. StoryCorps’ oral histories show how animation can be used for nonfiction stories but they are not alone; a session named “What’s up Documentary? Animation and Non-Ficiton Film-making” in 2009 also discussed the topic.


4 thoughts on “Post #1: Animation Can Be Any Genre

  1. That is a very moving animation. The couple is actually pretty funny at the beginning; I love their voices. However, watching it in the form of a cartoon did not prepare me for the sad turn that it would take. Like you mentioned, I associate animation with kid-friendly, light-hearted plot lines and this is a great example of how animation can be used to elicit an opposite emotion. Nice work!

  2. I definitely agree that animation can transcend all genres. The stigma is that animation is for children and families that can teach a lesson in a light hearted way, but in many cases animation has found ways to convey much deeper and darker ideas to an audience. For instance, there is this movie called Mary and Max and she is a bullied girl who finds a man who lives alone and they become friends. Although the movie is a dark drama, it brings joy to people to find lovable qualities in both characters. Much like the movie that you provided, watching the animation didn’t make their story any less than if it would have been if it were a film made solely with people. I love this post you made because I think animation can impact people just as much as any other film because of it’s flexibility to be in any genre.

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