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  • The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity

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    Author: Ted Sennett

    "Idea man William Hanna and artist Joseph Barbera created Tom and Jerry at MGM, then through revolutionary limited TV animation built today's thriving "General Motors of animation," home of The Flintstones and so many others. Reading like an official ..."

    The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms

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    Author: Christopher Finch

    "The book provides an in-depth examination of the artistic innovations of Walt Disney from early silents to the introduction of Mickey Mouse to Snow White, the first US feature-length cartoon, to the 1990s Disney animation renaissance. The author also..."

    The Complete Kodak Animation Book

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    Author: Charles Solomon

    "A survey of animation, its history, techniques, animators of the past and present, careers, and how to do it yourself."

    The Disney Films

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    Author: Leonard Maltin

    "In the first part of the book, the author examines Walt Disney's career from his early days as an entrepreneurial commercial artist up to his triumphant years as the head of an entertainment kingdom. In the second part of the book, the author present..."

    The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art, and Commerce of Walt Disney

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    Author: Richard Schickel

    "This history of Walt Disney's life and works asks penetrating questions about Disney's achievements and shortcomings, and the enormous popularity of the Disney version. The author examines topics such as Disney's empire and its influence on popular c..."

    The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons

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    Author: Jeff Lenburg

    "The book contains more than 2,200 cartoon entries, including cartoon creators, directors, production studios, voice talent, episode titles, and dates of release. The book also contains more than 150 illustrations, and a nutshell history of American a..."

    The Fleischer Story

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    Author: Leslie Cabarga

    "This is a biography of Max Fleischer."

    The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

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    Author: Mark Pinsky

    "This book explores the role that Disney animated features have played in the moral and spiritual development of generations of children by exploring 31 of the most popular Disney films, as well as recent developments.  The author explores the moral,..."

    The Great Cartoon Directors

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    Author: Jeff Lenburg

    "The book is dedicated to the most prominent cartoon directors from the 1930's and the 1940's: Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Joe Barbera, Friz Freleng, Bill Hanna, Chuck Jones and others. This illustrated volume singles out these directors' finest cartoons..."

    The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings

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    Author: Charles Solomon

    "This richly illustrated book tells the story of animation from its 18th century beginnings as a magic lantern show to the creation of Jurassic Park and The Lion King."

    The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life

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    Author: Steven Watts

    "Part biography and part cultural analysis, the book sheds new light on the cultural icon of "Uncle Walt".   The author offers a cultural study in hybrid biographical form that straddles the pros and cons of the Disney impact. As has been observed m..."

    The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence

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    Author: Henry A. Giroux

    "In this work, the author shows that Disney is a powerful corporation whose ideology is largely predicated on getting the consumer to buy Disney products far from innocent. This book explores the diverse ways in which Disney, while hiding behind a clo..."

    The Warner Brothers Cartoons

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    Author: Will Friedwald, Jerry Beck

    "The authors present the history of Warner Brothers Cartoons."

    Tunes for ‘toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

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    Author: Daniel Goldmark

    "The author examines the process of creating music written for Hollywood animated cartoons of the 1930s through the 1950s. Moreover, the author provides an account of the effort that went into setting cartoons to music, and shows how this effort shape..."

    Understanding Animation

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    Author: Paul Wells

    "Part history, part theory, part celebration, this book explores approaches to animation through an eclectic range of case studies from Betty Boop and Snow White, to Jan Svankmajer's Jabberwocky. Opening with a discussion of the early history of anima..."

    Unsung Heroes of Animation

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    Author: Chris Robinson 

    "This is a collection of biographical essays, which focuses on a world of little-known, independent contemporary animators."

    Walt Disney and Europe: European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt Disney

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    Author: Robin Allan

    "The author examines the way that Europe and European culture influenced Disney and his animators in the making of Disney animated feature films from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book. The author concentrates only on animated feature ..."

    Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation

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    Author: John Canemaker

    "This book is the story of  the "Nine Old Men", who created most of Disney's characters between 1930 and 1970. Each of those animators had his individual styles. The author describes the animated characters they created, their inspirations, and their..."

    Walt Disney, A Bio-Bibliography

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    Author: Kathy Merlock Jackson

    "This is a biography of Walt Disney. Moreover, the author explores Walt Disney's impact on American mass media and popular culture by focusing on animation, live-action film, documentary film, television, books, comic books, magazines, sheet music and..."

    Walt Disney: Conversations

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    Author: Walt Disney, Kathy Merlock Jackson

    "Bringing together over twenty pieces from the late 1920s to the late 1960s, this book traces Disneys career from early classics such as Steamboat Willie to Snow White, from the construction of Disneyland, to his live-action ventures such as The Micke..."

    Walt Disney: His Life in Pictures

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    Author: Russell Schroeder

    "The author was Disney's illustrator for 25 years. This book is a compilation of 178 photos from the company archives. Focusing on Walt Disney's private life, as well as his career as animator, film producer and television personality, the chronologic..."

    Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince

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    Author: Marc Eliot

    "This book is called the first truly unauthorized biography, and in the case of Disney, unauthorized is important because all previous "authorized" biographies had to pass the scrutiny of Disney Studios. The author shows that Disney's troubled persona..."

    Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

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    Author: Neal Gabler 

    "The author offers the full story (Gabler is the first writer to gain complete access to the Disney archives) of Walt Disney by showing Disney's invention of a "synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, an..."

    Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney

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    Author: Russell Meritt, J. B. Kaufman

    "This book is the story of the first eight years (1920-1928) of Disney's career. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part the authors provide a critical overview  of Disney's work in the silent era, a free-form speculation on the most im..."

    Warner Bros. Animation Art: The Characters, The Creators

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    Author: Jerry Beck

    "The author presents the history of Warner Brothers animations and their characters, and examines the work of such animators as  Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Bob McKimson, Tex Avery, and Chuck Jones."

    When Toys Come Alive: Narratives of Animation, Metamorphosis, and Development

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    Author: Lois R. Kuznets

    "The author studies the role of toy characters in the works ranging from older classics like Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, and The Velveteen Rabbit, through modern texts like The Mouse and His Child and the popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, to the ..."

    Winsor McCay: His Life and Art

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    Author: John Canemaker

    "This is a biography of Winsor McCay. In the book the author reviews and analyzes McCay's achievements in print and film while examining his work in relation to his life, family, and to American culture and values of the period. The author shows McCay..."

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