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Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of Animation Pioneer Charles Thorson

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ISBN-13: 978-0969780496
ISBN-10: 0969780494
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An illustrated biography of a brilliant Canadian artist whose reputation has been hidden behind the familiar and beloved cartoon characters he designed — Bugs Bunny, Punkinhead, Elmer Fudd and Little Hiawatha, to name just a few.

About the Author

Gene Walz is a writer, filmmaker and film professor at the University of Manitoba. He has written several scripts for film and television (including "The Washing Machine" for CBC and "Birding for Kids" for PBS) and his essays on film have appeared in many publications in North America and Europe.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Great Plains Publications (November 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0969780494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0969780496
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,145,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Charles Thorson was such a wanderer that his impact on any one animation studio was limited, yet he was indeed responsible for many recognizable animated character designs still seen today. Principally he was an illustrator and cartoonist with a long history of creating hand-drawn product images for catalogs in the days before photography usurped that role. But I am always happy for a chance to view the Hollywood animation business from a new perspective, and Gene Waltz has provided deep insights into the vagabond life of this Canadian artist and his adventures in Hollywood and elsewhere.
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This comprehensive book on the life of Charles Thorsen is proof of the sad affairs present in the early years of the animation studios. Charles worked in many studios during the 30's but his contributions to character design were never credited in the many books on animation that I have in my files. For some reason, producers didn't give adequate recognition to the many talented workers and designers in their employ. If you look at the credits in early Warner Bros. and Disney cartoons you'll find that in many cases only the producers took credit. Later, credits began to appear, but this practice seemed to last a lot longer at Disney, where many artists' whose work appeared in picture book form were not accorded credit even in fairly recent publications. At last Charles Thorson, through this book on his life, if finally receiving due credit for his contribution to the animation industry.
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Thank you to Gene Waltz for researching and writing this book. Anyone interested in the history of animation *NEEDS* to read this book. We all hear tons about Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, McKimson etc. but few have probably heard of Charles Thorson and yet his contributions to animation were significant. Thorson was an absolutely fantastic character artist and illustrator as the color plates in the book so aptly show. The entire book is just extremely well put together making it a must-have, must-read item.
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Book came in as super new like used condition.

IMHO...Charles Thorson was the one and only very remarkable cartoon character artist for the millinimum
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