As a child, Saturday cartoons are an escape from the real world of school, nagging parents and chores. However, for a group of students on campus known as Carolina Animators Anonymous, Saturday morning cartoons were much more than an escape from reality. Animations provided a framework and superior design in storytelling.
Carolina Animated Anonymous, known in short as AniAno, was established in 2016 and is UNC's first animation club. AniAno strives to provide a place on campus for people to come together and practice animation.
"We like to describe ourselves as like group of friends that just kind of gives tips to each other and to other people on how to bring art into a storytelling form," sophomore James Chang said.
Carolina Animators Anonymous meets on Fridays in Sitterson Hall and requires no level of artistic experience to join. For more details about the club, you can visit its website at http://carolinaaniano.wed.unc.edu
The storytelling aspect of animation is the driving force for AniAno's group members. Sophomore and president of AniAno, Liza Furr, said animation can push boundaries in ways other media forms are limited. For example, extravagant action scenes do not cost extra money in animations like computer-generated imagery would in live action.
"If you look at recent movies like 'Spider-Verse,' they can really push the medium by showing different styles for each character to show where they're from to show more of their personalities instead of relying on the acting," Furr said.