Before Mickey: The Animated Film 1898-1928

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 1, 2015 - Performing Arts - 436 pages
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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Contents

Myth Magic and Industry
3
1 The Secret of the Haunted Hotel
13
2 From Comic Strip and Blackboard to Screen
35
Emile Cohl
59
4 Watch Me Move The Films of Winsor McCay
89
John Randolph Bray
137
6 The Animation Shops
169
7 Commercial Animation in Europe
217
8 Automated Art
259
9 Felix or Feline Felicity
301
Conclusion
347
Notes
351
Afterword Errata and Update
373
Selected Bibliography
381
Index
397
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