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Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons; Revised and Updated (Plume Books)
By Leonard Maltin, Jerry Beck
Film historian Leonard Maltin recreates a whole era of Hollywood cartoons, from Betty Boop to Spielberg’s “An American Tail”. It also brings the reader up to date on the modern work of Walt Disney and the Warner Bros studio, plus new developments in animation. The book includes a filmography of cartoons and sources for video rental.
This is the book that turned me on to animated films. Well-known movie critic and buff Leonard Maltin wrote the third great book on American animated cartoons (the first two being “The Art of Walt Disney” and “Tex Avery: King of Cartoons”), and he gives us a look at all of the great cartoons of old, from Betty Boop and Koko the Clown through the eras of Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Mister Magoo, and even Fritz the Cat. His book is somewhat out of date now, as this book was published in 1985. Three years later, 1988 proved to be a watershed year in animation with the rebirth of Disney animation in “The Little Mermaid,” while “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” made it okay for adults to enjoy cartoons. (Disney’s “Duck Tales” also led the way to a new beginning of quality animation for TV, leaving the shoddy kiddie toy merchandising fodder in the dust…almost.) The years following these animation landmarks opened the gates to a flood of terrific cartoons that Maltin’s book doesn’t cover, including Spielberg’s “Tiny Toons” and “Animaniacs;” Disney’s “Toy Story;” the mainstream popularization of Japanese animation; quality children’s cartoons with “Rugrats,” “Bobby’s World,” and “Doug;” Warner Bros.’ animated “Batman” and “Superman;” animation aimed at older audiences with “The Simpsons” and “South Park;” and so much more. The the animation renaissance of the past dozen years or so has brought a new rebirth to the animation industry…and in fact, the definitive book on the new era of animation hasn’t been written yet. But the cartoons of the Golden Age are widely available, and indeed, they are still broadcast on TV every day, more than fifty years after such great live-action contemporaries as Bogart, Cagney, and so many others have passed into the archives of movie history. Maltin’s book is an exceptional, delightful look into an innocent era of animation that has finally taken its rightful place in film history.
Max Fleischer (1883-1972) was for years considered Walt Disney’s only real rival in the world of cartoon animation. The man behind the creation of such legendary characters as Betty Boop and the animation of Popeye the Sailor and Superman, Fleischer asserted himself as a major player in the development of Hollywood entertainment.
Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution is a vivid portrait of the life and world of a man who shaped the look of cartoon animation. Also interested in technical innovation, Fleischer invented the rotoscope-a device that helped track live action and allowed his cartoons to revolutionize the way animated characters appeared and moved on-screen.
In the 1920s, Fleischer and his brother Dave teamed up to create a series of “Out of the Inkwell” films, which led to a deal with Paramount. Their character KoKo the Clown introduced new animation effects by growing out of Fleischer’s pen on-screen. As the sound revolution hit film, the studio produced shorts featuring the characters interacting with songs and with the now-famous bouncing ball that dances across lyrics projected on the screen.
Max Fleischer’s story is also one of a creative genius struggling to fit in with the changing culture of golden age cinema. Out of the Inkwell captures the twists and turns, the triumphs and disappointments, and most of all the breathless energy of a life vibrantly lived in the world of animation magic.
Richard Fleischer achieved a measure of success as the director of such movies as Fantastic Voyage, but in Hollywood history he is dwarfed by his father, animated-cartoon pioneer and technological innovator Max Fleischer. Besides creating the jazz-age siren Betty Boop and bringing Popeye and Superman to the screen, Max invented the rotoscope, a process for creating animated cartoons by tracing live-action footage. Curiously, in this lively memoir his son seems more enthusiastic about Max’s inventions than about his cartoons, which get relatively short shrift, perhaps because, while Max ran the studio (much like rival Walt Disney), others directed the cartoons. Richard also dwells heavily on business matters, especially Max’s disastrous 1938 decision to move his studio from New York to Miami, which set the stage for Paramount to seize control and drive him out of business. There was no second act for Max, who slowly declined until his death in 1972. Richard’s loving if not exactly unbiased portrait is an entertaining supplement to more substantive and objective accounts of Max’s significance to cinema. Gordon Flagg
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Looney Tunes Treasury: Includes Amazing Interactive Treasures from the Warner Bros. Vault!
By Andrew Farago, Ruth Clampett
Ehhh, what’s up, Doc? Here’s a first-hand look at the Looney Tunes from an irrefutable source, the characters themselves! This irreverent, hilarious, and just plain looney history provides an offbeat look at the animation industry, the behind-the-cels” men (and women) who gave the characters their unequivocal look, attitude, and voices, and a first-hand account of what the characters do when they’re not starring in the latest Looney Tunes cartoon.From Bugs Bunny’s monumental rise from humble beginnings to animation ‘star’ at Warner Bros. Studios to Marvin The Martian’s latest scheme to blow up the earth, The Looney Tunes Treasury recounts the key moments and quirky details of your favorite cartoon characters.
And the timing couldn’t be better, as Warner Bros. is rejuvenating the Looney Tunes brand in 2010 and beyond. Big announcements will include an innovative animated series starring the characters as you’ve never seen them before, new cartoon DVD releases, new mobile and wireless content, a U.S. Depart. of Health and Human Services campaign on health and wellness, live events, viral grassroots campaigns, and much, much more…
With more than 300 fabulous pieces of concept art, paintings, and memorabilia, The Looney Tunes Treasury is a must-have book for fans of all ages.
About the Author
Andrew Farago is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. He is a columnist from Animation World Network and a regular moderator at Wondercon. He lives in San Francisco.Ruth Clampett is the owner and creative director of Clampett Studio Collections, and former Vice President of Design at Warner Bros. Studio Stores, which developed 2,000 WB-related entertainment products per year. She is the daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett. She lives in Los Angeles.
When originally published in 1977 as Our Gang, this book sold more than 52,000 copies. This new edition, with an extensive amount of fresh material, will prove irresistible to all fans of the most popular TV series of all time. Illustrations.
A warm and wonderful book!
As a life-long fan of The Little Rascals and owner of the complete set of “Cabin Fever” videos from the early 90’s, this guide is an indispensable source of information and nostalgia.
I was fascinated by the background information, particularly the biographies of EVERY ONE of the Little Rascals and how they lived the rest of their lives. Be prepared for some tragic, tear-jerking stuff! The information makes viewing the classic episodes even more poignant in hindsight.
I am not familiar with ANY of the “silent era” episodes, but I appreciate the information nonetheless. It was interesting to see how so MANY ideas for later episodes were either inspired by or directly picked up from the silent era.
I also appreciated Maltin’s candor as he reviewed the declining later years of the Our Gang franchise. What was obvious to any fan, Maltin confirms with honest (yet never mean-spirited) criticism.
Highlights: The information-packed episode guides, the aforementioned actor biographies and the wonderful collection of Our Gang photos (I only wish there were MORE)!
Warning: If you are only a casual fan of the Rascals or if you’re someone who’s only watched the 90’s “Little Rascals” motion picture, you should probably skip this book. Devoted “Our Gang” fans need only apply!