Over at the New Republic, columnist Jeet Heer has an impressive Twitter essay in which he argues that Stanley Kubrick’s model for filmmaking was actually animation, examining the meticulous nature of his style, particularly in his later movies.

Using The Shining as an example, Heer demonstrates how Kubrick’s aesthetic sense was inspired by Warner Bros. and Disney cartoons, and how the “density of information,” deliberation, and repetition inherent in animation underwrote his own methodical approach to filming live action. It’s a quick, fun read, but like Kubrick’s films it’s packed with detail and insight.