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.