Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons

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New American Library, 1987 - Performing Arts - 485 pages
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In this revised and updated edition of Of Mice and Magic, Leonard Maltin not only recreates this whole glorious era from the silent days through the Hollywood golden age to Spielberg's An American Tail, he traces the evolution of the art of animation and vividly portrays the key creative talents and their sutdios. This definitive history of American animated cartoons also brings Maltin's many fans up to date on the work being done today at the Walt Disney and Warner Bros. studios, and other developments in the world of animation.

Drawing on colorful interviews with many of the American cartoon industry's principals, Maltin has come up with a gold mine of anecdotes and film history. Behind the scenes were genius animators and entrepreneurs such as Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, and a legion of others, In all, Malitn has put together a glorious celebration of a universally loved segment of Americana.

Includes the most extensive filmography on cartoons ever compiled, and sources for video rental.

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Review: Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons; Revised and Updated

User Review  - Annelisa - Goodreads

This is a thoroughly-researched book, one that documents the rise of animation from the silent period to the present. Maltin manages to cover nearly every animation studio, technique, key animators ... Read full review

Review: Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons; Revised and Updated

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Absolutely amazing. Probably the best book on animation history I've read so far. Read full review

Contents

Walt Disney
29
Max Fleischer
83
Paul Terry and Terry toons
125
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin was born in New York City on December 18, 1950. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and began writing as a teen. Maltin received a degree in journalism from New York University and has published articles in numerous film journals, newspapers, and magazines. He is well-known for his bestselling annual, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, the first edition of which he created at the age of 18. Maltin has written or edited many other film-related books and television specials, and he has hosted, produced and/or written video documentaries. His title Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. He has hosted radio and cable programs, was a film critic for Playboy magazine, and has been the movie reviewer for Entertainment Tonight since 1982. Maltin has also appeared in several animated television series including South Park. He lectures on film and taught for nine years at New York City's New School for Social Research. Maltin currently teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He has been a guest curator for the film department of New York's Museum of Modern Art, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and a member of the National Film Preservation Board and the Advisory Board of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Maltin has been the recipient of awards and citations from the American Society of Cinematographers, Anthology Film Archives, The Society of Cinephiles, and the Telluride Film Festival.

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