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The descriptions for the films include release date, credits, plot synopsis, commentary, and a star rating system--from zero stars for films that are "Pure Torture" to four for a masterpiece. Entries place each film into both artistic and historical context. Beck's comment sections are interesting, and his editorializing is amusing and insightful. He describes films from all of the major and relatively unknown studios, running the gamut from the most vapid of children's fare (My Little Pony) to the adult features of the swinging 1970s, such as Ralph Bakshi's X-rated Fritz the Cat. Japanese anime is one of the most popular forms of animation for children and adult, with anime clubs becoming active on many college and university campuses, and the entries on anime are particularly informative for the novice.
Beck includes a chronological list of all 308 features, from 1926's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which is based upon stories from the Arabian Nights, to Sky Blue, a popular South Korean science fiction story. There are three appendixes: "Limited Release Animated Features," "Top 60 Animated Features Never Theatrically Released in the United States," and "Top 20 Live-Action Films Featuring Great Animation."
A good choice for collections of popular culture, film studies, and graphic arts, this will also be a popular title for fans of animated film and parents who want quality entertainment for the kids. Lisa Johnston
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Full of in - depth, complete, and insightful reviews for any lover of animation. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone.Published 21 months ago by Michael Forrester
I was so excited about this "comprehensive" guide but it's not what I hoped for.
Too much space is spent on Beck's opinions of the films (most of which I don't agree with)... Read more
My daughter is using this as a resource for Computer Animation classes at the Art Institute of AtlantaPublished on January 19, 2007 by Amazon Customer