More than 300 illustrations showcase the 50 greatest animated cartoons of all time. Featuring such beloved characters as Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, this treasury also includes biographical spotlights of illustrating pioneers such as Chuck Jones, plus a look at Disney, Warner Bros., and other great animation studios....
|Title||:||The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals Reviews
Clearly "of" "for" and "by" those who love cartoon "shorts". Can "1,000 animation professionals" be wrong? In this case, the only quibble might be the order of the fifty or that the book limits the "greatest" to only fifty.This book delves into the making of each of the fifty. It provides all the details of the craftsmanship including drawings and "cells." It explains technology and innovation. I learned that almost a century ago animated shorts were entertaining the public at "the movies." By 1937 Walt Disney had created his first "feature length" animation, Snow White. But this book is about shorts. The ones that even now can be seen on The Cartoon Network; ones that formed the basis for kids TV from the 1950's on. (The Warner Bros. shorts including Bugs Bunny were a daytime, night-time and weekend feature from the late 1960's to the mid 1980's...far after Warner Bros. had given up doing quality animation.) Many have been compiled into a series of DVDs called Looney Tunes the Golden Collection. I highly recommend it, if you want to own many of the best.This book gives due credit to the other great animation studios including Walter Lantz, United Productions, Film Board of Canada, Terrytoons, Paramount, MGM, Hanna-Barbera and the Fleischer Brothers. It even suggests how the reader can get a chance to view these great cartoons. But, for anyone who is a fan of this genre, Warner Bros. wins with both its quantity and quality. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wiley Coyote, the Roadrunner, Sylvester, Tweety-Pie, Speedy Gonzales as well as iconic single, Michigan J. Frog. Mickey and Donald and Goofy and Pluto are not in the same category; nor are Superman, Mighty Mouse, Quickdraw McGraw, Yogi Bear, DuckTales, Rootie Kazootie, Clutch Cargo and Crusader Rabbit. This book is a fine place to start if you want to understand why.There are plenty of quotations from those in the industry that helped determine the final fifty. Jerry Beck does a fine job with documentation and references. That makes it impossible to give it less than five stars.
This lovely book is a clear product of the animation renaissance, when a film like 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', a series like 'Ren & Stimpy' and a television program like BBC's'Stay Tooned!' raised the interest in classic cartoons, their history and their makers. It's of course a matter of debate whether this book really features the 50 greatest cartoons (an appendix shows some other fine contenders that just didn't make it), but these are certainly 50 fine films.Unfortunately, the selection only includes cel animated films (and the pre-cel film 'Gertie the Dinosaur'), and thus does include 'The Man Who Planted Trees' (a film that is very far removed from the term 'cartoon'), but not the very cartoony Academy Award winner 'Creature Comforts', because that short is a stop motion film. Surprisingly, some more modern shorts have been able to make the list, like NFB's 'The Big Snit' and 'The Cat Came Back'. Another surprise is that four of the top five cartoons are by Chuck Jones. All shorts get a synopsis, a review and some background information. Moreover, the book is richly illustrated, and certainly inviting to watch the shorts themselves. The book's big error, however, is that the shorts are ranked 1 to 50, instead of vice versa. To me, a list like this should be a countdown, but it isn't. Anyway, that shouldn't hold any animated cartoon lover from buying this book.
For some reason, this book never bored me like most animation guide books do. Maybe it was the variety of shorts, or the critics writing, or the fact that the majority of it was just pictures. Either way, I enjoyed it and it is a book that every animation fan should try to seek out.
Brilliant and detailed timeline and Best Of list through the history of animation in the 20th century, wonderfully informative for people interested in the medium.