Database for Animation Studies

10 Books/Articles to know Animated Docmentary

Bella Honess Roe

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)

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.

Annabelle Honess Roe, Animated Documentary, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

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.

Bella Honess Roe

Bella Honess Roe has published extensively on animated documentary, including a book, Animated Documentary, in 2013, which won the Society for Animation Studies MacLaren-Lambart award for best book. She has also published on British documentary and genre. She is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Film Studies at the University of Surrey, UK.