Hollywood Cartoons : American Animation in Its Golden Age: American Animation in Its Golden Age

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Oxford University Press, Apr 8, 1999 - Performing Arts - 672 pages
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In Hollywood Cartoons, Michael Barrier takes us on a glorious guided tour of American animation in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, to meet the legendary artists and entrepreneurs who created Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, Wile E. Coyote, Donald Duck, Tom and Jerry, and many other cartoon favorites. Beginning with black-and-white silent cartoons such as Winsor McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur," Barrier offers an insightful account of animation's first flowering, taking us inside early New York studios and such Hollywood giants as Disney, Warner Bros., and MGM. Barrier excels at illuminating the creative side of animation--revealing how stories are put together, how animators develop a character, how technical innovations enhance the "realism" of cartoons. Here too are colorful portraits of the giants of the field, from Walt and Roy Disney and their animators (including Ub Iwerks, Bill Tytla, and Ward Kimball), to Dave and Max Fleischer, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, and Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. And along the way, Barrier gives us an inside look at the making of such groundbreaking cartoons as "Out of the Inkwell" (with KoKo the Clown), "Steamboat Willie" (the first successful sound cartoon), "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and "Bambi." The years from the Depression through World War Two witnessed a golden age of American animation. Based on hundreds of interviews with veteran animators, Hollywood Cartoons gives us the definitive inside look at this colorful era and at the creative process behind these marvelous cartoons.

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User Review  - Jorge Garrido - Goodreads

One of the greatest books on the history of the American animated film, and certainly the most well-researched. Best read as a companion-piece to Maltin's far more restrained, conventional classic Of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Rawlings - Goodreads

Thoroughly researched, exhaustively detailed, chock full of information never presented elsewhere, and yet... Nowhere near as much fun to read as Leonard Maltin's "Of Mice and Magic." Barrier does not ... Read full review


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