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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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"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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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I was tempted to title this 'Pay attention, I say...pay attention, son, This is a great book!!' but I decided against it. This book looks at the animation/illustration careers of the McKimson brothers: Robert, Tom, and Chuck.

Considering that the book's written by Robert McKimson, Jr. there's an understandable main focus on Robert Sr. and his life and times but it also covers the careers of Tom and Chuck, just as the book indicates.

I purchased the hardcover book, rather than the on-line version, simply for posterity. Some may opt to purchase the on-line Kindle version for economical reasons or to simply receive the book faster than standard mail shipping. Whichever version you purchase is fine.

There are a few thorough reviews of this book already and so I'll by-pass re-writing what's already been said and instead I'll focus on other aspects. Anyone aspiring to be a cartoonist or work in the animation industry should purchase the book to grasp how far the industry has come since those earliest days and appreciate the technological advances that have come along.

As others have mentioned, the book is chock full of illustrations and pictures of behind the scenes workers. There are several moments in the book where the story of the McKimson's is broken up between pages of illustrations. It can be a difficult read if you're not as familiar with these kind of books but the illustrated pages, as I noticed, have a light blue background and so if you look at the side of the book's pages you'll see how many blue pages to turn through before picking up where you left off reading...but, for me, I loved looking through the illustrated pages and so I'd simply flip back to where I'd left off reading and then pick up reading once the images had ended.
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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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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 is a good book which gives the background on Porky Pig Daffy Duck Bugs Bunny and all those other people who were on Looney Tunes not to mention others like The Pink Panther and Mr Magoo in detailing the history of theese three. There is also a lot of very good photos of all of theese people and other things threwout this book which is highly recomended. You should get this
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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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