I’m Bella Honess Roe and I teach Film Studies at the University of Surrey. I’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking, talking and writing about animated documentaries. I completed a PhD thesis on animated docs in 2009 at the University of Southern California and my book Animated Documentary was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. The book was the recipient of the Society for Animation Studies’ 2015 MacLaren-Lambart Award for Best Book.
Right now, I’m editing a book on Aardman Animations (I.B. Tauris), co-editing (with Maria Pramaggiore), Vocal Projections: Voices in Documentary (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018) and co-editing (with Nichola Dobson, Amy Ratelle and Caroline Ruddell) The Animation Studies Reader (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018). I’m also cooking up various other bits and pieces of research of varying size and at varying stages, most of which falls under an overarching interest in the relationship between the periphery and the popular in moving image culture – animation, documentary and beyond.
I update this blog irregularly on animated documentary related things and also more generally about my research. You can find out more about my research here or via my academia.edu page.
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