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The World History of Animation [Hardcover]

Stephen Cavalier
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1 Mar 2011
This is a worldwide history of animation, featuring key players working across Europe, North America, and Asia. Since the earliest days of the genre, animation has developed multiple iterations, creating a myriad of dynamic styles, innovative techniques, much loved characters, and memorable stories delivered as films, television serials, in TV commercials, video games, and on the web. Organized chronologically, this comprehensive tome covers pioneers, feature films, television programs, digital feature films, games, independent films, and the web. Must-see films are also listed, accompanied by synopses and stills. The achievements of individuals and studios are highlighted, with in-depth biographies. Notable characters are introduced and profiled, and landmark technical innovations are explained.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2888930684
  • ISBN-13: 978-2888930686
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,434,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Lavishly illustrated and impressively researched’. Four stars ****

(Daily Express )

‘It can’t fail to enchant’ Four stars ****

(Mail on Sunday )

'An extensive history of animation. Cavalier has worked for Spielberg and Disney, so he knows his stuff.'

(We Love this Book magazine )

'Maybe the most ‘moving’ book you’ll read this year…with its informative and entertaining text alongside gorgeous illustrations, it is a must have for any animation enthusiast.’ 8/10

(Lancashire Evening Post )

'Takes us on a fascinating journey through the more unusual artists whose creations have caused wonderment and controversy around the world, as well as offering new insight into old favourites. What is refreshing about this book is that it can be enjoyed just as much by those with a casual interest as those who have a detailed knowledge of the subject.’

(Subtitledonline.com ) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Stephen Cavalier has almost two decades of experience in the animation and games industries. He has written and directed award-winning shorts, has been employed in the animation team at Steven Spielberg's studio, and as an animation director for Disney and the BBC. Stephen also runs his own company working as an animator, writer, and director. He lives in Brighton, UK."

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4.0 out of 5 stars The World History of Animation 25 Nov 2011
This book represents a real labour of love. With a lovely Betty Boop cover and a great foreword by Sylvain Chomet, Stephen Cavalier has written a comprehensive book excellently covering all aspects of animation.

This includes its origins, such as Eadward Muybridge's sequential photos, French motion photographs, George Mèliés' important work A Trip to the Moon, Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur and other wonderful experimentation.

There are biographies of key animators from around the world, including Zlatko Grgic from Zagreb Film Studios, an excellent chronology of international animation from its origins up to 2010, lots of great photos of characters, scenes, and an excellent glossary covering all aspects and types of animation in detail.

There is info on studios as diverse as Disney, Studio Ghibli, Bruce Bickford, Paul Terry, and on and on. We get great detail on everything from Steamboat Willie to the stop-motion used in music videos for the White Stripes.

Why just four stars? It must be a copyright problem, but there are many articles with no illustrations. There are no images from any Warner Brothers work, no Ren and Stimpy, no Spongebob Squarepants, no Astro Boy, among others. This is, I'm sure, not the publisher's fault. The book is still excellent and highly recommended. Maybe I just wanted it to be perfect!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched product 11 April 2012
Received (and of course picked!) as a present for Christmas just gone, I have only just about managed to finish reading this scrutinisingly researched piece of work. Not sure what kind of scale that is? Well, this is a book that covers as many animated features that you could wag a stick at, and possibly more.

I was quite dubious as to what the product entailed at first, given the ambiguous title, but I was quite pleased to find that the author had attempted a tricky operation of chronologically listing and describing almost every animated series of cartoons or films that have ever been produced. I should point out here that this book doesn't list 'every' cartoon, but lists them and explores only a chosen few in detail.

Of course, although the academic benefits are extraordinary, you'll also be trudging through some periods and cultures that haven't exactly lit the medium alight. This is no disrespect to those producers, because not every film or cartoon has stood out as a classic or aged well. But this somewhat helps to appreciate many of the animations even more, for the book can go from discussing the bleak tone of 'When The Wind Blows', to the extraordinary heights of 'The Lion King'.

Given it is not biased to any particular form of animation, origin or time/place, this is a broad piece of reading material that is really only going to appeal to those who have a deep interest in the medium itself - not their favourite film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animation bio. 9 Nov 2011
By Lankey
The book is very interesting if your into the world of animation as I am.Also the price on Amazon was a bonus buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars six stars for this book 12 Mar 2012
the world history of animation stephen cavalier lavish volume desite its short length at 416 pages illustrated with stills and reads like a very good website excellent value for the price detailing animation from 1899 to 2010 a book of memories great on mr magoo, bugs, porky and woody but also having room for len lye the canadian film board zagreb films and the whole range of techniques from anime to motion capture
checked out most of the original animation on youtube
a book to give hours of pleasure knowledge and happy memories of some of the best cartoons ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 5 Jun 2013
By Alia Haig - Published on Amazon.com
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(don't really understand why there is such a simple and understated cover) Regardless, this book is AMAZING! If you are more interactive with reading the history, look up the films that they mention. I have this in my History of Animation class and it is a great book! It's in a bit of a strange order. If you love animation, read this and it will enhance it tons!
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better animation history books... 24 Dec 2012
By Gary Brummond - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the better animation history books... I looked long and hard to find a book of this caliber. Close to excellent...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good condition 25 Feb 2014
By Francisco Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
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exactly what I ordered, as pictured. there were no tears/rips. there was nothing missing. got it at a great price.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool 29 Nov 2013
By Ashley Woolsey - Published on Amazon.com
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got it for school. was pretty interesting. I really enjoyed the photos that were in the book. they added more life.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Animation Book that Recovers the World's Most Important Animation Works 16 Sep 2011
By H. Yagmur Ayyildiz - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just received it and read this book for my thesis and it really helped a lot.
First of all, it has all kinds of animation news from all over the World with lots of images and photographs.
A hardcover book with high quality and glossy paper.
It was worth buying and it's price is just right.
The only problem was that they wrote Simba's father Mufasa as Mafusa...like 4 times...
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