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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File; 2 Sub edition (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816038317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816038312
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What the book does really well is compile a great deal of information on an impressive number of subjects. . ." -- Animation Journal


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JEFF LENBURG is a proflic, award-winning author, celebrity biographer, entertainment historian, and writer-producer. He has authored 30 books, both ficton and non-fiction, and his work has been nominated for several awards, including the American Library Association's 'Best Non-Fiction Award' and the Evangelical Christian Publisher Association's 'Gold Medallion Award' for 'Best Autobiography/Biography."

In his teens, Jeff began interviewing many famous Hollywood personalities and became a frequent contributor to many leading and respected film journals and magazines that published his freelance work.

As one of the nation's premier biographers, he has authored 18 acclaimed celebrity memoirs and biographies. They include: the eight-book "Legends of Animation" series featuring biographies of Tex Avery, Walt Disney, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Matt Groening, Walter Lantz, John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, and Genndy Tartakovsky; "How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Voice (Or Lose Your Tonsils Trying)" with radio/TV legend Gary Owens; "All the Gold In California and Other People, Places & Things" with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin; "Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake," the only authorized biography of her; "Dudley Moore: An Informal Biography"; "Dustin Hoffman: Hollywood's Antihero"; "Steve Martin: An Unauthorized Biography," and eight-book "Legends of Animation" series.

An acknowledged authority on cartoon animation, Jeff has spent three decades preserving its history. He has penned seven books about its history: the first-ever "Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film and Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators"; three editions of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons," the most comprehensive history and so-called "Bible" on animated cartoons ever produced; "The Great Cartoon Directors"; and two editions of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoon Series," the first reference book on animated cartoons ever produced.

In 1993, in recognition of his contributions to the world of animation, Jeff was inducted into Hollywood's "Cartoon Legends Walk of Fame" along with cartoon icons William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Friz Freleng, June Foray and Don Messick.

Jeff is also a leading expert on the Three Stooges comedy team. A close friend of the original Stooges Moe Howard and Larry Fine and latter-day additions Joe Besser and Joe DeRita (and the only author-historian to have known them), he has co-written two books about this wacky comedy trio: "The Three Stooges Scrapbook," the official, authorized history, and "Once A Stooge, Always A Stooge," the autobiography of Three Stooges member Joe Besser. In 1983, along with radio-TV legend Gary Owens and his twin brother Greg, he spearheaded a nationwide write-in campaign that earned the Stooges their long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jeff is also the author of numerous popular references: "Career Opportunities in Animation," a guide to a career in film, television, and games animation; two editions of "The Facts On File Guide to Research," the most comprehensive guide ever written on the subject of writing and research; and "Baseball's All-Star Game," a definitive game-by-game history of baseball's mid-summer classic.

In addition, Jeff has turned to writing fiction. In 1995, he published his first novel, "Scared to Death: A Lori Matrix Hollywood Mystery."

As writer and producer, Jeff has also worked on many top-rated programs and specials for ABC, NBC, PBS, and Tribune Broadcasting, served on the advisory board of Cartoon Network in its development from its inception, and as founder of his own company, Sandcastle Entertainment, develops original properties for both film and television, including live-action and animated television series (including original branded reality series), specials, and documentaries, and original branded characters for animation.

Throughout his illustrious career, Jeff has also interviewed dozens of other major personalities, world figures and headline-makers, including baseball Hall of Famers George Brett and Nolan Ryan, tennis champ Chris Evert, former First Lady Betty Ford, media magnate Walter Annenberg (founder of "TV Guide"), and former New York policeman Frank Serpico.

A popular media figure, Jeff has appeared on more than 100 major radio and television programs worldwide, including "BBC Live," NBC's "Today Show," "Entertainment Tonight," CNN's "Showbiz Today," and E!'s "Mysteries & Scandals." He makes his home outside of Phoenix, Arizona.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morgan on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been searching for this book since I was a child; I ran across an early version in a library about 15 years ago, and just this last week did I find this, most recent (2nd) edition, copyrighted 1999.
This book attempts to list and describe every animated theatrical short, theatrical feature, television special, and television series that has been shown in America. It does an amazing job- much more thorough than any other source I have seen. It contains listings of Japanese series not mentioned in "complete" anime guides; many of the listings are not acknowledged on IMDB. Hell, it lists Jot (the Dot), an animated religious show that only I seem to remember. It covers cable series, silent b/w shorts, everything... but it still doesn't go far enough.
On first perusal, I noted several missing features. For a book copyrighted 1999, there should have been mention of A Bug's Life or Antz. Even if the book were from 1997 (the information does not seem to go beyond this), where are the listings for Ghost in the Shell and Urotsukidoji (both of which had somewhat successful art-circuit theatrical runs)? Even odder, the book does not have a listing for Disney's WW2-era animated feature "Victory Through Air Power", but it's mentioned in the appendix covering Oscar nominations. It's missing Robotech the Movie (limited run), too...
Besides the missing entries, the one section the book desperately needs (in an update or companion book) is a listing to all of the straight-to-video animation that has been available over the years. There has been a deluge of anime, plus many American efforts (including many Bluth, Amblin, and Disney works), and many smaller unknown works that should be documented somewhere...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Andrew Hutchins on December 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
The first edition, which was based on an even early edition under a different title, was a monumental treasure trove of information, but it had its faults. It was riddled with errors, but this was excusable for all the wealth of research Lenburg provided.
The problem with the second edition is that it is not fully revised, despite the fact that it claims to be. Errors that could have easily been corrected in the first edition I would look up and find completely unchanged. The only difference between this and the first edition, aside from some introductory material, appears to be the deletion of episode titles in favor of the inclusion of new series, specials, and films. Essentially, it's an update, but not a revision in any way that I could see.
It appears Lenburg decided to rest on his laurels. Perhpas before he sets up a third edition he ought to set up a special e-mail address where people can send corrections for him to check up on. Some of the errors are proofreading errors that an editor without Lenburg's knowledge would not catch.
The first edition was wonderful, but since this edition carries all of its faults and omits much of the original's information, I can't possibly recommend this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
Since the earlier editions are out of print, I was overjoyed to hear that a new edition was coming out, only to discover that the new edition omits all the information on individual episodes that was the hallmark of the original edition in 1981. This new volume should have been renamed, cause it is no longer encyclopedic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on July 11, 2006
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The highest tribute that I can give to this book is that I could not find a single animated cartoon from my experience that it did not cover. I felt sure that I knew of a few obscure ones that would not be in here- and I was wrong. Moreover, I found much here that I wasn't familiar with. That absolutely amazed me.

This true encyclopedia is organised into five major sections 1) silent cartoon series, 2)theatrical sound cartoon series, 3)full-length animated features, 4) animated television specials, and 5) television cartoon series. There are numerous black and white illustrations of various characters included with the text, as well as color plates in the middle of the book. I suppose considering the scope of this reference it would have been difficult to illustrate everything. Still, it would have been fantastic to have model sheets for every single entry...

I have found myself getting this book down and browsing through it more times than I want to admit- while cursing the children's television "activists" that have robbed generations of the joy of experiencing many of these classics and near classics (and some of the classically bad.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Kwashnak VINE VOICE on June 18, 2002
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This book truly shows the flip side of reference books - reference vs. trivia. But what a trove is collected here. Dive on in and find your answers. Wonder who voiced Space Ghost in the original series. Look here. But you can also flip through the pages and just let memories wash over you. I found so many shows that I didn't know I forgot about. And with today's lack of as many Saturday Morning cartoons if you are of the right age it will sweep you back to those bygone days in front of the tube. Even more so it is a great reference showing the sweep of animation - the Saturday morning shows, as well as Prime Time shows. The movies. The specials. It's not a book you read from cover to cover, but open up a page and see what it reminds you of. Come in and see how many Scooby Doo show there were (6 listed under S alone). There are titles, years, characters and voices and of course a general synopsis for each entry. Comprehensive? Maybe not but it's chock full of animation goodness to keep you smiling for a good long time.
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