Hollywood Cartoons : American Animation in Its Golden Age

Hollywood Cartoons : American Animation in Its Golden Age

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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 qGertie the Dinosaur, q 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 qrealismq 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 qOut of the Inkwellq (with KoKo the Clown), qSteamboat Willieq (the first successful sound cartoon), qSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs, q and qBambi.q 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.For the first time, during work on Cinderella, a€œaction-oriented sequences, a€ too, began to be animated to a free beat. ... Geronimi, and Ham Luskea€” communicated with Disney increasingly not in meetings but by sending him memoranda, scripts, anbsp;...

Title:Hollywood Cartoons : American Animation in Its Golden Age
Author: Michael Barrier
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1999-04-08

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