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And] as a result, animality ceases to occupy a proper space apart from the humanity that succeeds, appropriates and enframes it” (Lippit 2000, 53). In challenging this entrenchment, by permitting animal “thought,” however differentiated or unknown, it allows an analogous position that at least draws humans and animals into a model which promotes enquiry and evaluation. Such a model resists hierarchies and merely sees difference, though inevitably this is complex. Bullock adds, 32 T H E A N I M AT E D B E S T I A RY “In the context of modernity, this returns us to animals as a very powerful source for the meaning of freedom, just as we can imagine that paleolithic cave paintings represented a liberating source of power to their creators.
Deleuze and Guattari 200, 265) These deﬁnitions represent the view that animals can operate as highly domesticated creatures, endowed with quasi-human qualities and histories, while also being symbolic or metaphoric creatures (which are ahistorical yet tied into a historiography of human evolution and development); and purely abstract creatures (which are wholly “other” in their “lived” experience, and in the ways that they are experienced by humankind). At the representational level, it is clear that art has attempted to embrace all three aspects, and crucially, particularly in relation to the animated ﬁlm, it has sought to potentially present these formations simultaneously, and mutually exclusively in any one text.