1st Edition

Life in Death My Animated Films 1976-2020

By Dennis Tupicoff Copyright 2022
    228 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Death—the very word is resonant with emotion, imagery, and meaning. It is the ultimate life-event that all living things will eventually experience; as such, it comes as no surprise that death is often a popular theme of literature, art, games, cinema, music, and even animation. Dennis Tupicoff, world-renowned animator, writer, and producer, is an expert on the narrative application of death in animation. Take a journey with Tupicoff as he goes in-depth into the many themes, associations, and practices found in film and especially animation. Life in Death: My Animated Films 1976–2020 explores death as it relates to experience, storytelling, theory, and narrative. The examples in the very readable text are organized into three broad categories: cartoon, documentary, and hybrids of various types.


    • Explores death as a narrative theme within cinema and animation
    • Biographical insight into Dennis Tupicoff’s works and how the subject of death impacted these completed award-winning films
    • Special online access to Dennis Tupicoff’s animated works
    • In-depth exploration into ten of Dennis Tupicoff’s most influential animations

    Acknowledgements. Author. Preface. Introduction: Animation: A Matter of Life and Death. Chapter 1 Cartoons of Life and Death. Chapter 2 Please Don’t Bury Me (1976). Chapter 3 Dance of Death (1983). Chapter 4 The Heat, The Humidity (1999). Chapter 5 Documentaries of Life and Death. Chapter 6 The Darra Dogs (1993). Chapter 7 His Mother’s Voice (1997). Chapter 8 Hybrids of Life and Death. Chapter 9 Into the Dark (2001). Chapter 10 Chainsaw (2007). Chapter 11 A Photo of Me (2017). Chapter 12 Still Alive (2018). Chapter 13 The River (2020). Chapter 14 The End of the Matter. APPENDIX 1: TEN ANIMATED FILMS BY DENNIS TUPICOFF 1976–2020. APPENDIX 2: OTHER FILMS BY DENNIS TUPICOFF (WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CO-PRODUCER). BIBLIOGRAPHY. INDEX.


    As writer/director/animator/producer, Dennis Tupicoff (1951) has made many films, both animated and live action, and has won many awards, including the Grand Prix at Ottawa, Oberhausen, Huesca, Istanbul, Madrid, and New Orleans. His career retrospectives have been screened in Krakow, Berkeley, Poznan, Kecskemet, Seoul, Gothenberg, Melbourne, and Brisbane. His animation work is discussed in histories such as Animation: A World History (Bendazzi) and Animation: The Global History (Furniss), and in more specialized studies like Animated Documentary (Honess Roe), Animated Realism (Kriger), and Australian Animation: An International History (D&L Torre). He was also featured in Chris Robinson’s book as one of the Unsung Heroes of Animation. In his standard text, Introduction to Documentary, Bill Nichols says of the animated His Mother's Voice: "It is an extraordinarily powerful piece of filmmaking."

    Dennis Tupicoff was Lecturer in Post-graduate Animation at the VCA School of Film and Television (1992-94). He has lectured, mentored, and taken writing workshops at many universities around the world, and has spoken at many international conferences. He has been invited to residencies at Abbaye Fontevraud (France) and is a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony (USA).