Sergei Eisenstein’s Theory of Animation: Plasmatic Disney


Jordan Schonig


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Soviet film theorist and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein was a fan of Disney animation. This video essay examines his particular aesthetic interest in Disney cartoons, particularly his idea of the “plasmatic,” as well as the larger trends in animation theory that Eisenstein’s ideas helped establish.

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