Before Mickey: The Animated Film 1898-1928

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1993 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 413 pages
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This witty and fascinating study reminds us that there was animation before Disney: about thirty years of creativity and experimentation flourishing in such extraordinary work as Girdie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat. Before Mickey, the first and only in-depth history of animation from 1898-1928, includes accounts of mechanical ingenuity, marketing and art. Crafton is equally adept at explaining techniques of sketching and camera work, evoking characteristic styles of such pioneering animators as Winsor McCay and Ladislas Starevitch, placing work in its social and economic context, and unraveling the aesthetic impact of specific cartoons.

"Before Mickey's scholarship is quite lively and its descriptions are evocative and often funny. The history of animation coexisted with that of live-action film but has never been given as much attention."—Tim Hunter, New York Times

  

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It took a bit to get into this one, but if you like animation and history, it's absolutely fascinating. Read full review

Contents

Myth Magic and Industry
3
The Secret of the Haunted Hotel
13
From Comic Strip and Blackboard to Screen
35
The First Animator Emile Cohl
59
Watch Me Move The Films of Winsor McCay
89
The Henry Ford of Animation John Randolph Bray
137
The Animation Shops
169
Commercial Animation in Europe
217
Automated Art
259
Felix or Feline Felicity
301
Conclusion
347
Notes
351
Afterword Errata and Update
373
Selected Bibliography
381
Index
397
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Donald Crafton is Chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of "Before Mickey: The Animated Film", 1898-1928 (1993) and "Emile Cohl, Caricature, and Film "(1990).

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