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Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film and Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators Paperback – June 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155783671X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557836717
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claiming to be the "the first biographical reference book of its kind," this work profiles almost 300 animators who have won or been nominated for Academy, Emmy, or other awards. Chatty entries are accompanied by a few black-and-white portraits, and there is a 12-page section of color plates of animation art, though, given the topic, some readers might be disappointed that there aren't more illustrations. The author provides a select bibliography, but no sources are cited for the entries themselves. Mary Ellen Quinn
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"This fascinating tour of film history should prove popular in both academic and public libraries. -- Gale Reference Reviews


"...excellent book....highlighting the creative talents that have made animation not only an art but also a successful industry. -- Library Journal

"The massive, nearly 400-page Who's Who in Animated Cartoons certainly lives up to its title, featuring entries on scores of animators, animation directors, and animation producers. This a handy, essential resource covering the international animation scene." -- Quick Stop Entertainment

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen J. MacWilliam on July 27, 2007
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This book contains a lot of information about various animation pioneers throughout the history of the industry. I have it as a required book for a history of animation class I teach. The only complaint my students make is it needs pictures to go along with the animators and their most acclaimed work.
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This book was a gift and it is a lot of fun, but I have never seen so many editing errors and factual mistakes in my life!! Repeated phrases in the same sentence, and sentences that run on for eight to ten lines in the book with so many commas used that I lose the idea of what the sentence was about in the first place! Then there's the factual errors such as saying that Tex Avery died in the Hanna-Barbera parking lot when he actually was found there by Hanna and taken to the hospital and died weeks later from cancer, or that Maurice Noble returned to Warners' Chuck Jones unit in 1951 and helped to create the layouts for a cartoon that was released in 1948! Then there's the comment that the Francis the Talking Mule films were made by United International Pictures when it was UNIVERSAL International Pictures! I like the book, but I think I'm having more fun reading to find mistakes than anything else.
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Here's the first biographical reference to detail the careers of nearly three hundred animation greats around the world, from producers and directors to animator artists. It's written in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and scientists and other major film and award groups, and provides an A-Z reference of biographical information, discussions of early film works and styles, key films, and character evolution. Here's the first biographical reference to detail the careers of nearly three hundred animation greats around the world, from producers and directors to animator artists. It's written in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and scientists and other major film and award groups, and provides an A-Z reference of biographical information, discussions of early film works and styles, key films, and character evolution. While this could've been featured in our arts or cartooning sections, it's reviewed here so nobody will miss its biographical strengths.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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