Makin' Toons: Inside the Most Popular Animated TV Shows and Movies

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Allworth Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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From the first drawing board sketch to wriggling TV character, Makin' Toons illustrates the thrills and challenges of making animated cartoon movies as told by the industry's most successful creators.

Cartoon lovers everywhere will be treated to 47 personal interviews with animation artists and industry leaders ranging from Shrek director Andrew Adamson to Rugrats producer Gabor Csupo. These and dozens of other fascinating firsthand accounts chronicle the behind-the-scene antics and commercial dynamics behind such blockbusters as The Simpsons, South Park, Beauty and the Beast, and Dragon Tales, to name just a few. Author Allan Neuwirth—an accomplished animation artist and writer himself—spices the book with insightful comments, hilarious anecdotes, and a true “toon artist's” sense of humor. He also includes 75 never-before-published concept drawings, character designs, storyboards, and much more.

From idea finding, writing, and financing to animating, voicing, and composing even to distributing and promoting the show to TV networks, Makin' Toons provides an insider's view to the entire process of creating animated movies.

• Offers an inside view into the animation industry, its people, and its most recent creations

• Features 75 never-before-published concept drawings, character designs, storyboards, and cells

• Offers interviews with the animation artists behind The Simpsons; Shrek; King of the Hill; Monsters, Inc.; and The Lion King

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About the author (2003)

Allan Neuwirth is a prolific writer, producer, director, and creator of animated TV shows and commercials. His work for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Fox Family has earned him numerous awards and the respect of leading animation artists and industry icons. The owner of Neuwirth Design, he lives in New York City.

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