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"I Say, I Say... Son!": A Tribute to Legendary Animators Bob, Chuck, and Tom McKimson Hardcover – November 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is a workhorse of a picture book with lots of valuable images that you haven't seen before. . . . It is the visual materials available here that shows the real value of the book and makes it important to own." —www.MichaelSpornAnimation.com


"For those of us who love Foghorn Leghorn, who could resist three brothers who helped give us Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil and the original Speedy Gonzalez in the hallowed 'Termite Terrace' of Warner Brothers' cartoon studio?" —Buffalo News (December 2012)


"With an abundance of rarely-seen original artwork and keen-eyed observations by such latter-day animation masters as John Kricfalusi and Darrell Van Citters, this stacks up as a must-have for animation buffs." —Leonard Maltin, www.LeonardMaltin.com


"His son, Bob McKimson Jr. . . . has written a lavishly illustrated account of his dad's career." —Jax Air News (December 2012)


"If nothing else, the book is fun to look at, with tons of art not just from animation, but from comic books and other consumer outlets." —Detroit News (December 2012)


"There's loads of model sheets, layouts, animation drawings and comic book art. A lot of which I haven't seen reprinted anywhere else. . . . This is definitely one of the best animation-related books out there. A must for Warner Bros. fans!" —www.KLangley.wordpress.com


"It's a treasure trove of memories sure to delight any grown-up who grew up with a craving for cartoon chuckles." —American Profile (December 2012)

About the Author

Robert McKimson Jr. is the son of Bob McKimson, a legendary animator. A licensee of Warner Bros. Consumer Products and the possessor of an extensive collection of his father's and uncles' work, he has given lectures all over the world about his famous family of animators. He lives in St. Johns, Florida.

John Kricfalusi, better known as John K., is an animator and the creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show. He lives in Los Angeles.

Darrell Van Citters is the Supervising Director at Renegade Animation, and the author of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol: The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special.

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I chose this book for the pictures and the story behind the pictures.
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If you purchased this book just for the art(and never read it)I believe you'd still more than get your moneys worth.
classic cartoon lover
After reading this book, I have a better appreciation of the cartoons that I enjoy so much.
Jim Pauley

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By classic cartoon lover on October 29, 2012
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I will start by saying I have not read the book yet (just got it today),but I have gone page-by-page through the artwork and it is fabulous.There is so much original art throughout this book that it's staggering. Practically every page has wonderful McKimson art (NOT the standard "studio approved" clip art you get in so many of these golden age animation books).I've got a bookcase full to overflowing with animation art/history books that I have collected over the years, but this may well be THE BEST of them all! There are nice size reproductions from comics,coloring books,animation drawings,animation layout drawings,model sheets,watercolor paintings,etc.,etc.,etc. throughout.If you enjoy original art from the Golden Age,you will NOT be disappointed with this fine book.This rivals(in my opinion)the Steve Schneider "That's All Folk's"WB book. More is covered than just the WB McKimson years and it is all beautifully presented in color and black and white.
I HIGHLY recommend this to any and all animation/Warner Cartoon/comic art lovers!I wish this had been published years ago,but it's been worth the wait.If you purchased this book just for the art(and never read it)I believe you'd still more than get your moneys worth.Thank you Robert McKimson Jr. for such an outstanding tribute to your family legacy! And now I'm going to start reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Medeiros on November 4, 2012
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Henery Hawk was not created by Bob McKimson, however he defined the character when paired with Foghorn Leghorn. If I may indulge and take a few words that I think Henery Hawk might say about this book, I think he would say, "buy this book, you schnook!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Pauley on November 2, 2012
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A fun, colorful and informative book that covers a part of cartoon history that was long overdue. After reading this book, I have a better appreciation of the cartoons that I enjoy so much.
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This book exceeded my expectations. It is beautifully illustrated and very informative.
Learning how and why some of these beloved cartoon characters were created gave me a deeper appreciation and love for them. Most of these characters define a generation of good old fashion cartoon entertainment. Thanks Robert, your father and uncles would be very, very proud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherm Cohen on November 27, 2012
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I didn't know very much at all about the McKimson Brothers before reading this "art-o-biography." Looney Tunes directors Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones have been profiled in depth many times, but I confess to being pretty clueless about McKimson's contributions until now.

According to this book (which focuses primarily on Bob McKimson's work, less so on brothers Tom and Chuck), Bob McKimson was something of a solid guiding rock among the Looney Tunes crew. John K wrote the introduction, and he sums up Bob McKimson's contributions by stating, "He was the strongest draftsman at Warner Bros. (and maybe even in the whole industry), played the part of teacher in the studio, and was the anchor of the animation department."

There are a lot of memorable stories and anecdotes that really shed light on the behind-the-scenes world of WB animation -- I especially enjoyed reading about the early days of the animation business when the brothers (like many animators) played musical chairs with the different studios -- from Walt Disney Studio in 1929 to the mysterious Romer Gray Pictures, to Harman-Ising and then to Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies for Warner Brothers. In later years the brothers went on to work for Western Publishing's Dell comics (and Gold Key and Whitman) and Golden books, too!

The stories include the wild effects of Bob McKimson's car crash in 1932, and the story of how a plumber in Pasadena unearthed some long-forgotten historical animation treasures.

Like many of the colorful Looney Tunes art books like "That's All Folks,", "I Say, I Say . . . Son!" is profusely illustrated with rare sketches, photographs and production art.
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One of the most overlooked animation directors ever. Even amidst giants like Chuck Jones, Frizz Freeling and Bob Clampett ,Robert McKinnon (according to his son) was the true backbone of the Warner Bros animation lot.
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By Anthony Ambrutis on December 27, 2013
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McKimson gives us a look into what made this creative family tick as well as a definitive history of the animation industry from an insiders prospective. The art work is outstanding
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This is a well-done and beautifully illustrated book of not only the work of the McKimson brothers but also their contemporaries from the beginning of movie cartoons. The historical artwork is amazing. A must for any cartoon aficionado. Just for fun, we borrowed all the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodie DVDs from our library and spent many happy hours viewing some of these gems that we had not seen for years. If your library does not stock them, Amazon sells a good number of the collections. It is incredible that many of those famous lines from the old cartoons stay in memory and become part of the lexicon, especially the words of Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, and Yosemite Sam. Thank you to any cartoonists still living and to the memory of those deceased and to the great voice and humor of the late Mel Blanc,
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