Of mice and magic: a history of American animated cartoons

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McGraw-Hill, 1980 - Humor - 470 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 studios. 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, Maltin has put together a glorious celebration of a universally loved segment of Americana. Book jacket.

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User Review  - unclebob53703 - LibraryThing

A real head-trip for someone who grew up on these cartoons, the studio filmographies are indispensable, especially (for me) the Warner Brothers one. The author is more famous for his late, great tome on movies on TV. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel MacDonald - Goodreads

I read this for a class in collage and enjoyed it so much. If you like history of animation, I think you will also Read full review


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Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide", which was first published in 1969. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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