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„Кризата на идентичността“ и българското анимационно кино през 90-те години на ХХ век
An Identity Crisis in Bulgarian Animation of the 1990s

Author(s): Nadezhda Marinchevska
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Recent History (1900 till today), Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper focuses on the identity crisis Bulgarian animators were experiencing in the 1990s. In that decade, established authors stuck to the well-tried models they themselves had developed as early as the 1960s and the 1970s. Bulgarian animated film failed to fit in the new discourse of the society and art processes were crisis-ridden: no fresh ideas, no new art forms were in place. The work of such doyens of Bulgarian animated film as Todor Dinov, Donio Donev and Stoyan Dukov among others is dealt with along with the ability of such authors as Anri Koulev to cope with the crisis by switching to successful producership. A marked change occurred as late as the end of the decade with the release of a multitude of student animations, a trend that was sustained and further gained momentum at the turn of the twenty-first century. Young people are easily addressing communicative animated forms, humour and entertainment with globalisation of images being their natural way of self-expression.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-8
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English, Bulgarian