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Michael Dudok de Wit
A Life in Animation

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ISBN 9781138367289
November 12, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
104 Pages

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Book Description

A unique survey on career of Michael Dudok de Wit discussing all his works. The biography of this European master in 2D animation, born in the Netherlands and based in London is the first, complete overview of the well-defined and canonic opus of this humble genius with glimpses on his private life. Visually and thematically, Dudok de Wit's poetic and unique style of animation differs from the rest of the contemporary independent animation production. This book will reveal what still challenges and thrills Dudok de Wit in the art of animation and why he persistently continues to believe in the beauty of the hand-drawn animation.

Key Features

  • The complete animation production of Michael Dudok de Wit, never before reviewed in one volume
  • All-embracing approach regarding this auteur, elsewhere unavailable in one place (his biography, his peculiar method of work, his extracurricular activities)
  • An ad hoc Glossary of animation written by Michael Dudok de Wit and a critical reception of his body of work with a wide contribution of his colleagues and collaborators
  • Filmography and bibliography

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tom Sito


About the Author


Chapter 1Biographical notes

Chapter 2 Animating Commercials for Advertising Agencies

Chapter 3 The Monk and the Fish (1994) – The Rise Above Dualism

Chapter 4 Father and Daughter – Biography of Longing

Chapter 5 The Aroma of Tea (2006) – A Blissful Experience

Chapter 6 Coronation of a Dream The making of The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit's 10 year-long “exciting challenge”, set by Studio Ghibli and completed in Europe

Chapter 7 Epilogue by Yuri Norstein

Appendix 1 - Glossary of Michael Dudok de Wit’s Favourite Themes

Appendix 2 The List of Michael Dudok de Wit’s Inspiring Films

Appendix 3 Proust questionnaire by Michael Dudok de Wit for Andrijana Ružić

Appendix 4 Collaborators, colleagues and film critics about Michael Dudok de Wit and his films

Appendix 5 Filmography

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Andrijana Ružić graduated in History and Criticism of Art at the Università degli Studi in Milan, Italy. She specialized in History of animated film under professor Giannalberto Bendazzi. The subject of her thesis was the opus of John and Faith Hubley. In the last six years she is a curator of the program dedicated to animated film on the International Comics Festival in Belgrade. She lives in Milan, Italy where she continues to publish and write studies, articles and essays about animated films of independent authors.