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Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595910433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595910431
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerry Beck is an animation historian and cartoon producer. His over fifteen books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. He is currently edits and writes two popular animation blogs, Cartoon Research and Animation Scoop.

Beck is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney, and is currently a consulting producer to Warner Bros., Universal and Disney for their classic animation dvd compilations. Beck has programmed retrospectives for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, Turner Classic Movies, The Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He has taught animation history at NYU, SVA, the AFI and UCLA. He is the host/producer of the annual "Worst Cartoons Ever" screening at the Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee of Animation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989, the first U.S. distributor to import anime features such as Otomo's Akira and Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle In The Sky. Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Beck was also the West Coast Bureau Chief for Kidscreen magazine in 2000. He co-created and co-wrote the animation blog CARTOON BREW from March 2004 through February 2013. He has also created, written and produced animated films for various clients. He is presently teaching a course on Animation History at Woodbury University in Burbank, California.

Customer Reviews

Great book with lots of information and arts of cartoons !
Gabriel S. Fazzioni
Just like a kid, I couldn't help mashing on the slime book cover to see what I could change and see how long it would retain the impressions I made.
Mel Odom
Toon icons like Spongebob, the Fairly Oddparents and Rugrats are lavishly represented on this huge (about 11" x 10.5") coffee-table book.
Alberto G. M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Until Nickelodeon decided to revamp and update the children's world in 1991, parents had no problem keeping up with their kids' cartoon experiences. After all, Bug Bunny and Daffy Duck, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo (in so many incarnations) were all staples of a kid's fantasy world.

As hectic as the world is for a parent, it's hard to keep up with what shows they've watched or are watching when they're growing up. Sad to say, television cartoons have served as babysitters and best friends for kids for decades.

However, Nickelodeon changed the package when they released DOUG, RUGRATS, and THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW. Questionable content began to invade American living rooms and kids' bedrooms in subtle ways. DOUG and RUGRATS tended to be wholesome fare - though with strange ideas at times.

But there was just no excusing Ren and Stimpy's behavior. They were gross and inelegant at best, and downright disgusting and offensive at worst. However, your kids thought they were hilarious. If you sat down and watched part of an episode with them, you'd swear they were way too young to be caught up in something as crass as that.

You'd probably be halfway right. But Nickelodeon took the stance that kids were a lot more intelligent - and socially inelegant - than most parents wanted to believe. So they created entertainment that took all those facets into account.

And man, what a whirlwind it's been these past 16 years. My oldest son turns 25 soon, and my youngest is 10. I had five kids, and Nickelodeon has been a constant feature in my house from the beginning.

The problem with having kids, though, is that you have to work to provide for them. And to provide cable TV.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alberto G. M on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Starting in 1991, the Nicktoons family has become synonymous with edgy, defiant and just plain funny TV animation. Toon icons like Spongebob, the Fairly Oddparents and Rugrats are lavishly represented on this huge (about 11" x 10.5") coffee-table book. Each and every Nicktoon ever released to date is present through its 280 pages, even if it may seem at times as if each show's depth of coverage were directly proportional to its level of popular success (compare the 12 pages devoted to Spongebob vs. 4 for Chalkzone, for example). This, however, shouldn't shy any Nick fan away - animation buffs in particular will appreciate the tons of rough sketches, storyboards and concept art present throughout the book, not to mention the "how it came to be" stories of the show's creators. It's a feast for the eyes.

The cover itself is probably one of the book's main features - the online pictures just don't do it justice. What looks like stains in the online picture is really a kind of green goo (an old Nickelodeon trademark staple) trapped inside an outer plastic cover - a concept that works perfectly with this book, and makes it truly stand out. I can't recommend this book highly enough to anyone who is passionate about animation, illustration and cartoons in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie B on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
From the ooze-infused cover to the stunning variety of artwork, this book is impossible to leave on the shelf once experienced. Featuring 90s and 00s television art at its very best, the variety of style and itegrity invested in these sketches is surprisingly impressive. The book rescues mountains of unseen development art from some of the unique cartoons of the last 16 years, and even the weaker shows are reperesented by pre-production artwork which hides their on-air flaws.

Inspiring and overflowing with flair and orginality, it is, for me, the must have animation art book of the year. Bravo, Mr Beck!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eremaine Tto on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It has some information for each show, but I didn't feel like it had enough information. Sure, it had some short interviews, but it wasn't very satisfying. I'd like for it to get into more depth.

Some parts were longer than others. Some had way more pictures than others. It's a decent book and great for children who enjoy Nicktoons.

Oh yeah, the cover is sweet. It's green gooey glop that you can push around the cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kurowan on February 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is awesome! The cover is cool and very Nickelodeon. I enjoyed learning about many of my favorite shows. The only problem would be I wish there was more. It's neat to know what went/goes on behind such beloved series, but it's kinda just a Q&A with the creators/people who worked on the show, and art work. Still, it's a must have for a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham J. Velasco on January 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For those in my age group (early 20s), Nickelodeon was second to none. They had amazing game shows, original shows, and cartoons. The best of these were the cartoons. This book goes in debt with one of the greatest eras of cartoon history, taking the reader behind the scenes, giving neat facts and awesome artwork. It's kind of expensive, but well worth it for someone who loved these shows as much as I did :-)
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By Sara on February 20, 2014
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I have been looking for this book for a long time! It wasn't in the best condition, but it's quite an old book that I could see was cast by the wayside a few times. Oh well! found a home here!
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book was as described minor damage to binding but nothing to sweat over, i do plan to repurchase this book new later but for what i wanted it for it was perfect
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