Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945

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Title:

Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945

Author:

Michael S. Shull, David E. Wilt

Date published:

1987/2004

Publisher:

Jefferson, N. C.: McFarland

ISBN: 078641555X (alk. paper)

Description


The golden age of animation stretched from the early 1930s to the mid 1950s, with movie cartoons reaching an extraordinarily high level of artistry. Nearly 1,000 cartoons were produced by the seven major animation studios in the US between January 1, 1939, and September 30, 1945 the immediate pre-World War II period up to the cessation of hostilities. More than a quarter of the cartoons substantially refer to the war, and thereby are invaluable in helping to understand American attitudes and Hollywood’s reflection of them.


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