While animation is a relatively young art form, it’s rooted deeply in human nature, history and society. Susanne Marschall, professor of Media Studies at Tübingen University, tells us more about understanding animation in a broad cultural and social context. Find out why it is so important to know as much as possible about the past, other cultures and other fields of expertise.

EDIT: Reader Monique Henry-Hudson was kind enough to summarize the video in the event that you’d like a text version as well. Thanks, Monique!