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Warner Bros. animation art: The characters, the creators, the limited editions Hardcover – 2002
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
One disappointing about this book is that its published date is 1997. Sadly "The Iron Giant" (released 1999) and "Cats Don't Dance" (1997) did not make it to the book; two of the most successful WB animated feature film. However, it is still a book to own and look for inspiration.
I saw this in an antique store for fifty bucks, came to Amazon and picked it up for less than 10, shipped. It's worth fifty but you can't beat getting it for under ten bucks. It's a no-brainer and a wonderful gift for anyone that's a fan of these classic cartoons. When you see it, you'll know what I mean.
The best I love about this book are the oversized prints of those limited edition production cels. It also has a cel catalog in the back, allowing you to see supposedly all the art cels they've produced. The text is essentially a little history of the company, the franchise, and the characters - some nice knowledge to have if you love the show.
There is also a chapter dedicated to the newer shows, although there's only a page or three on each of them with not that many graphics. Considering there has not been any other art books I know of on these shows, this book is even worth getting just for those: Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, Bat Man, Superman. Again, the supersized prints!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like the book and it was as described. It did have a little bit more inscription in it than I thought it would. But still a good buy for the price.Published on January 11, 2014 by sandy tizzano
A great and informative book on an amazing time in history!!!! I look forward to sitting down with my 3 year old son and going through this fabulous book with him!!!!Published on September 11, 2013 by Robert Jakovich
If you love Looney Toones and want to know more, you must get this book. You will get plenty of photos , renderings, and drawing of your favorite characters and films. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by jhoscout
if you like animation, this is a great book. the fold-outs are very nice but not as clear and not the ones you'd
probably expect. Read more