The Quay BrothersInto a Metaphysical Playroom

The Quay BrothersInto a Metaphysical Playroom

Suzanne Buchan

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780816646586

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


This work is the first thorough analysis of the creative oeuvre of the Quay Brothers. Known for their animation shorts that rely on puppetry, miniatures, and stop-motion techniques, their fiercely idiosyncratic films are fertile fields for the author’s engaging descriptions and provocative insights into the Quays’ art, and into the art of independent puppet animation. This book’s aesthetic investigation stems from extensive access to the Quay Brothers’ artistic practices and work, which spans animation and live-action film, stage design, and illustration. It also draws on a long acquaintance with them and on interviews with collaborators essential to their productions, as well as archival sources. Discussions of their films’ literary origins, space, puppets, montage, and the often-overlooked world of sound and music in animation shed new light on the expressive world that the Quay Brothers generate from their materials to create the poetic alchemy of their films.