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on March 27, 2000
I absolutely love this book. It is an invaluable resource for the animation fan. The book takes 50 of the greatest short subject cartoons ever made and discusses why they are considered great. With each cartoon mentioned, the animation professionals responsible for the cartoon discuss the inspiration behind the cartoon's creation, how the cartoon came to be, problems the artists faced, etc.
In the margins, there are articles which tell how characters in the cartoons named developed (such as Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Droopy, Tom and Jerry, Donald Duck and many more); some of the topics discussed are the character's inspiration, how the character evolved over the years, etc.
One segment I found particularly interesting was a segment in the book dealing with controversial cartoons, such as the racially offensive "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs" and "Der Fueher's Face". The book also addresses sexual imagery in the cartoons (!) and includes some information about the content of many cartoons during World War II and why some are considered unwatchable today.
I couldn't recommend this book more highly to animation fans . .it covers every cartoon character/series imaginable, from the Looney Tunes to Disney to Woody Woodpecker, Betty Boop, and Tom and Jerry, and even includes an appendix listing some cartoons that didn't make the cut. (You will especially appreciate it if you are, like me, a Looney Tunes fan.)
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on July 8, 2015
A wonderful collection of some of the greatest cartoons ever made.
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on August 11, 2015
Excellent and colorful reference book. Great Fun.
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on September 7, 2015
Good book
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on May 10, 2015
Pros: Great selections (and runner ups), saw (and/or own) most of them
Cons: Must update to 100 (1900-present) or make sequel (including CGI and stop motion)
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on May 9, 2015
They might as well have called this the greatest Warner bros cartoons beacuse they dominate over half the list. If there is a sequel, please include more shorts from the Disney Studio and I know any Disney fan will agree with me
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on June 14, 2015
The author, Jerry Beck, is also the author of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros, which helps explain the fact that more than a third of the list is from Warner Bros. While the stories behind the cartoons are interesting and most of the selections are excellent cartoons, there are also some questionable choices, such as #38 Bambi Meets Godzilla. I'll save you some time if you haven't seen it; an uncolored, unshaded Bambi eats grass for three minutes while Marv Newland credits himself for everything, then Godzilla's foot squashes the little deer. The end. It's funny but is that really the 38th greatest cartoon of all time material? If you're going to include stuff like that you're going to also have to include a lot of other stuff too. It's a good read if you're a Warner Bros. fan or don't mind the favoritism and more dubious choices like the aforementioned. Otherwise stay away.
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