Category Archives: Animata Ricerca

Animata Research is a collection of resources for animation scholars; that is to say, it hosts any kind of scholarly document which could contribute to the knowledge in this field. Articles, reviews, call for papers, conference announcements, sources and documents will be welcome.

Paper: From Albums to Images. Studio Ghibli’s Image Albums and their impact on audiovisual strategies, by Marco Bellano

Originally published in “TRANS-Revista Transcultural de Música/Transcultural Music Review”, n. 16, 2012 (


Language: English


Japanese composers for animation are usually asked to write preliminary music based on concept art and pre-production materials. This music is released in CDs called image albums. The existence of image albums influences the creation of film music, as the composer is required to restrain inspiration within the boundaries of the preliminary music, written without concern for audiovisual relationships. Because of that, music in Japanese animation usually works as generic commentary to the moving images, without detailed forms of interaction. Studio Ghibli composers, however, have found ways to define more complex audiovisual functions by using processes of new orchestration and variation.

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Call for papers: a special issue of Animation Journal on Italian Animation

A monographic issue of Animation Journal on Italian Animation is going to be guest edited by Giannalberto Bendazzi and Marco Bellano.

 Submission guidelines

 Before submitting your papers, we strongly recommend to read carefully the table of contents already prepared and herewith appended. Priority will be given to those topics; however, even different proposals will be considered, if relevant to the construction of a succinct History of Italian Animation. The editors will welcome any kind of take on the suggested topics; a creative and original, yet scholarly approach, will be appreciated.

 Papers are blind refereed, so the author’s name should not appear on the body of the manuscript, but only on a cover sheet. E-mail a copy of the paper as a MSWord file to both the guest editors, Giannalberto Bendazzi, at giannalbertobendazzi(at)gmail(dot)com, and Marco Bellano, at marco(dot)bellano(at)gmail(dot)com. The editors will respond to proposals and drafts, as well as to completed papers. Authors retain their copyrights after publication.

 The special issue submission deadline is February the 15th, 2015.

 Table of contents

1) Chronology of Italian Animation, 1911-2016: 30 manuscript pages; 7.500 words; 39.300 characters (including spaces)

2) Bruno Bozzetto: 15 manuscript pages; 3.750 words; 19.650 characters (including spaces)

3) Osvaldo Cavandoli and Gianini & Luzzati: 30 manuscript pages; 7.500 words; 39.300 characters (including spaces)

4) Painters/Animators: Veronesi, Carpi, Manfredi, Carrano and more: 30 manuscript pages; 7.500 words; 39.300 characters (including spaces)

5) The Neo-pictorial current: 30 manuscript pages; 7.500 words; 39.300 characters (including spaces)