Abstraction Along the Folds
The game of animation is in large measure a matter of moving further and further into abstract universes. The game of modern movies is a matter of folding along self-referential dimensions.
The rate of abstraction has been pushed pretty far, from Beavis to South Park to the contenders today. The whole game is a matter of treating previous cartoons (and other cartoon-like abstractions in life) like cartoons (like Bugs Bunny) used to treat real life.
This is a fold on the nature of crime fighters, of science fiction, of even the basic character of characters. Doing it once is a matter of high art. Doing essentially the same thing over and over is the very target of the thing.
Posted in 2004
Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.