Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol.6 (3)
This was the first extensive attention to animated documentary in an academic journal. It has lots of great articles on many different topics and a really useful introduction written by the editor of the special edition, Jeffrey Skoller.
Sybil DelGaudio, "If Truth Be Told, Can ‘Toons Tell it? Documentary and Animation," Film History, 9(2), 1997, 189-99
One of the first articles published about animated documentary. It focuses more on the history of animated documentaries
Cristina Formenti, "The Sincerest Form of Docudrama: Re-framing the Animated Documentary," Studies in Documentary Film 8(2), 2014, 103-115
Formenti an interesting take on animated documentaries, reading them as a sub-type of the docudrama. As such, her scholarship presents an alternative perspective to that offered in my own work.
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
This is an article I wrote that gives an overview of how we might think about animated documentary, including some ways of organising different types of animated documentary into groups.
This is the first (and only, to date) single-authored book on animated documentary. It suggests that thinking about animation as a ‘representational strategy’ for documentary can help us think about what animation can do that live action documentary can’t. It looks at different types of animated documentary and ultimately argues that animation broadens and deepens the range of what documentary can show us.
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
A chapter that considers why there was an increase in production of, and interest around, animated documentaries in the 1990s
An early article on animated documentary that, a bit like Del Gaudio, lays out the history of animated docs.
Paul Ward, "Animated Realities: The Animated Film, Documentary, Realism," Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 8(2), 2008
This article discusses animated documentaries in the context of theories of cinematic realism
Paul Wells, “The Beautiful Village and the True Village: A Consideration of Animation and the Documentary Aesthetic,” Art and Animation, 1997, 40-45
Another example of earlier scholarship on animated documentary. In this article, Wells suggests a typology of animated documentaries (that I challenged in my book!)
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
A chapter written by a filmmaker (producer) that presents a convincing case for why animated was the best approach in the documentary she made with Orly Yadin (Silence)