Serious Business: The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy Story

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Da Capo Press, 2000 - Art - 256 pages
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As Roger Rosenblatt put it, ”What makes Serious Business a special treat is that it is like the best of the cartoons itself—funny, touching, and infused with thoughtful joy.” This generously illustrated history of animation looks at the creation and celluloid careers of such American icons as Felix the Cat, Jiminy Cricket, Mickey and Minnie, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Goofy, Yogi Bear, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Daffy Duck, Tom and Jerry, and the Pink Panther. Art and commerce collide again and again as Stefan Kanfer wittily probes the origins of such diverse cartoon families as the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and the Simpsons and looks at the phenomenal success of feature-length animated films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Lion King. Serious Business is itself a classic of animation, bringing to life an art and an industry whose creations have now worked their way into every corner of American life.
  

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Serious business: the art and commerce of animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy story

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As an art form, animation is magically irresistible; as a reflection of broader American popular culture, it is amazingly on target. A former Time magazine editor, Kanfer here shows how the people ... Read full review

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A fascinating study of the American animation industry.Very readable and full of great stories about the pioneers of animation,who made this unique artform so ubiquitous in America. Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
11
ITS ALL IN DREAMLAND YOU KNOW
17
WHAT WE CALL PERSONALITY
33
FIGHTING THE MOUSE
55
THE WILDER SHORES OF COMEDY
77
MORE HELLS THAN SWEDENBORG
101
LAUGHING AT THE ENEMY
125
WHOS DIRECTING THIS PICTURE?
149
WE COULD GET AWAY WITH LESS
187
AKIN TO STATUTORY RAPE
193
10 THE ANIMATED MIRROR
213
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About the author (2000)

Stefan Kanfer is the author of six previous books. His articles and reviews have appeared in many major magazines, particularly Time, for which he was a writer and editor for more than twenty years. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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