Early Australian Animators: Isolation and International Influences

  • Dan Torre
  • Lienors Torre


This chapter looks at the few, but none the less significant, Australian animators and studios that were in operation from about 1930 to 1956 (when television was first introduced in Australia). Some of the animators discussed include Dick Ovenden, the Owen Brothers, Eric Porter, and Dusan Marek. It was during this era that Australian animation oscillated between isolationism and the acknowledgement of the growing influence of overseas studios, in particular the Fleischer Brothers and Disney. It was also an era that saw a large number of European migrants settle in Australia, bringing with them a fresh animation aesthetic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Torre
    • 1
  • Lienors Torre
    • 2
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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