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Son of Faster Cheaper: A Sharp Look Inside the Animation Business Paperback – April 18, 2015
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In many ways this makes for a fascinating read. The view from the trenches of the animation industry is often a surprising one. Sometimes it's _exactly_ what you'd expect: the take on Michael Eisner, for example. Other times it's completely different. The view that emerges of Uncle Walt himself is unlike anything I've heard before - from either his detractors or his admirers. And in still other cases the author makes jokes about things that would never even have occurred to an outsider, not in a million years. Like the "dress code" at Pixar.
But for this selfsame reason, I found it very hard to actually laugh at these jokes. They're just not of my world. My primary reaction to almost all of the cartoons in this book was more along the lines of "Oh, that's interesting". And then, often, I would smile to myself. But not laugh. Not even once.
None of which is to say that I think the author is a bad cartoonist. I'm quite sure that many of his cartoons would not only have been a scream, but also very daring - for the audience for which they were originally intended. Which is to say, his fellow insiders.
But for us, the outsiders?
For us, it's more along the lines of an academic exercise. Or at least, it was for me.
So should you buy this book? That depends on what you hope to get out of it. If you're motivated primarily by curiosity, if you're looking for that insider's view, then read no further: this book is for you. Buy it now.
But if you're looking for something to actually make you laugh..?
In my humble opinion, no.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Obviously, these cartoons were not intended originally to be sold, but rather to pass around the artist and animators. Compiled over his fifty years of experience in the field- the about 100 cartoons hilariously skewer the animation process and the high mucky-mucks who ran the studios. Eisner is the target of many of the cartoons, but even Walt is not immune here. Totally irreverent, both historical and topical- but mostly just hysterical.
Artist, Animators, Disney historians, or just folks who want a good laugh all will find this a good choice.