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Every month, The State of Things hosts a conversation about a topic in film. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University. And we want to hear from you. Submit your choices by email or tweet us with #SOTMovies.

The Magic Of Animation: Movies On The Radio

Animation has come a long way, from the hand-painted drawings of The Walt Disney Company’s 1937 feature film “Snow White” to today’s dazzling computer-generated imagery. 

Animated films seem to stick with viewers, and for good reasons: they present children with complex emotional topics and build understanding about everything from what people should want out of life to how romantic relationships are supposed to end happily ever after. And while some animated films are just for fun and laughs, plenty of others show the darker realities of living in a very human world.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art about their favorite animated movies, and ones submitted by listeners.

Here are some of our favorite animated movies:

Fantasia (1940)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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