An early article on animated documentary that, a bit like Del Gaudio, lays out the history of animated docs.
Animated documentaries were first written about (by animation, film and documentary scholars) in the late 1990s. Much of that work was about drawing attention to the existence of animated documentary and discussing how they fit in with pre-existing ideas of what documentary is. It was about 10 years later that scholars once again became interested in animated documentary and from that time there has been an increasing amount of books, articles and book chapters published on the topic. Hopefully this is a sign that the discourse around animated documentaries will continue to develop with new perspectives being offered.
- Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol.6 (3)
- Sybil DelGaudio, "If Truth Be Told, Can ‘Toons Tell it? Documentary and Animation," Film History, 9(2), 1997, 189-99
- Cristina Formenti, "The Sincerest Form of Docudrama: Re-framing the Animated Documentary," Studies in Documentary Film 8(2), 2014, 103-115
- Annabelle Honess Roe, "Absence, Excess and Epistemological Expansion: Towards a Framework for the Study of Animated Documentary," Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6 (3), 2011, 215-231
- Annabelle Honess Roe, Animated Documentary, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
- Annabelle Honess Roe, Kate Nash, Craig Hight, Catherine Summerhayes, "The Evolution of Animated Documentary," New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 174-191
- Gunnar Strøm, "The Animated Documentary," Animation Journal 11, 2003, 46-63
- Paul Ward, "Animated Realities: The Animated Film, Documentary, Realism," Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 8(2), 2008
- Paul Wells, “The Beautiful Village and the True Village: A Consideration of Animation and the Documentary Aesthetic,” Art and Animation, 1997, 40-45
- Orly Yadin, Toby Haggith and Joanna Newman, “But is it Documentary?” Holocaust and the Moving Image: Representations in Film and Television Since 1933 (Wallflower, 2005), 168-172