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I thought I'd start a thread for one of my favorite genres: non-fiction. All the how-to's and histories. (UPDATE: This has turned into a thread about Animation, so I changed the title)


I just finished reading "Animation Art: From Pencil to Pixel, The History of Cartoon, Anime & CGI," which is an organized collection of essays by animation experts. It was edited by Jerry Beck, and organized historically by period, starting with the earliest flickers and special effects and leading up to Pixer and Dreamworks films, but also by region. We get to watch the animation industry grow around the world.

Having multiple authors allowed each to focus on their fields of expertise and each short section comes across as extermely well-informed. Experts in Japanese animation write about the history of Japanese animation alongside experts in Warner Bros. cartoons writing about those films. Of course, it is filled with images from hundreds of films.

This would make a really good overview for an 'introduction to animation' film course. Many of the short films discussed are available online to watch, adding another layer to the learning process.

It is a big and heavy book, as many animation books seem to be, but worth the weight.


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Thinking of Warner Bros. Cartoons

There are 2 CDs on the market titled "The Carl Stalling Project" which are compilations of the composer's music from the Warner Brothers cartoons, including the well-known opening and closing tunes, plus loads of memorable mood-setting musical passages and even sound effects.

Great ringtone material!



I'd love to see some of those. I'll hunt around the internet and post anything good I find. Thanks Ellen.


Zagreb School?

Is there anything about the Zagreb School in this book? I know very little about animation, but I happened to live in Zagreb in the 1970s, and saw a lot of animated films when I was there. They were very different from Western animation--minimalist, not really trying to look cartoony. They were often satiric and had philosophical and political messages. Most of them were quite short as well.

I worked as a translator's assistant on a catalogue for a film festival, and got to see most of the films in it. Even though in general I'm not big on animated film, I can still call up images from these films all these years later.


Lots of Zagreb

This book covers all the great animation studios around the world, and Zagreb is one of the world centers (to animation buffs, anyway). They get a few pages.

Professor Balthazar was probably the most popular character to emerge. (Featured on Chuck Jone's Curiosity Shop in the U.S.), but I liked the weird little political shorts.


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